Traveller or tourist? Are you travelling or are you travelling? Is there a difference? It would appear so. Depending on who you meet the definition by opinion changes; and as we work collectively closer toward finding that perfect answer, people have come up with some interesting ideas.
I heard a funny story once from some friends who were travelling through Japan. They had met a girl in a bar in Tokyo and got to talking about travel. “What brings you to Tokyo?” the girl asked. “We’re travelling Asia” responded guy number one. “We’re travellers” added guy number two. Throwing her head back in a whip of laughter and gathering her self from hysterics the girl said “You guys aren’t travellers. You have gel in your hair.”
I couldn’t help but check Urban Dictionary for others’ takes on the traveller definition debate. In doing so I stumbled upon some other interesting travel terms. Here are 10 of my favorite travel terms defined by the people:
10 - traveller noun
A term used by people who are travelling away from home, but have distaste for the terms “tourist” and “holidaymaker”. Travellers are often said to be distinct from tourists/holidaymakers due to the fact that they travel for longer periods of time, seeing a variety of places in one trip, and make an effort to experience the real spirit of the places they visit, rather than just tourist resorts.
Example: The great thing about staying in hostels is the opportunity to meet and hang out with other travellers from all over the world.
9 - Backpackistan noun
The country that exists in the minds of twenty-something-year-old travellers throughout the entire world. It’s citizens are identifiable by their dreadlocks, faux-tribal tattoos and strict, tiresome adherence to a Bob Marley tunes. They eat falafel and juggle fire torches. Their economy is based around mooching, and the sale of Tibetan prayer flags and Che Guevarra marijuana pipes. Backpackistanis are united by a common language: broken English.
Example: Even though I spent a year travelling through Paris, Madrid, Morocco, Bangkok, Bali, Sidney, Sao Paulo, Machu Picchu, Guatemala, and Southern Utah, I feel like the only country I really visited was Backpackistan.
8- packrastinate verb
Example: I’m flying to Hawaii in three days, but I haven’t even started to figure out what to bring. You know me – I always packrastinate.
7 – Hostel noun
The place in Europe where your girlfriend stayed while on that college backpacking trip and slept with a bunch of European men who promised to call her and told her they’d come to America to visit her so they could get in her panties.
Example: “I don’t think you really wanna touch her. She stayed at a hostel this summer.”
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