Traveller vs Tourist
Like yoga, travelling is never complete. It is a lifetime practice.
Hi Joriki Lovers!
Kevin and Hilary here from Life of Travels and we’re back for more.
Our life of travels has taken us all over the world, providing a variety of experiences. As we’re planning these trips we do a lot of research and create loose plans for our days away. The planning can be both fun and difficult as we try to build a balanced itinerary of fun, exploration and relaxation. Everywhere we go we always find ourselves asking the question “how should we spend our time”?
When going someplace new it is easy to pick out the “touristy” activities, like seeing the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park. If you’ve never seen them before then of course you want to! It’s exciting!
There’s nothing wrong with tourist moments.
BUT, if you want to truly experience a new place that is different from where you’re from, you have to push yourself outside your comfort zone, channel your Joriki and become a traveller.
“The traveller was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes ‘sight-seeing.’” – Daniel J. Boorstin
Walk the neighborhoods of Paris. Find a cafe off the beaten path. Try your best to speak the language. Start a conversation with a local.
What you see, what you hear, and the people you meet will teach you much more about where you are than only seeing crowded, popular attractions.
Sure you may have a beautiful picture of the Edinburgh Castle to post to Instagram, but you’re cheating yourself of the potential experiences (and photos!) that can be found with a little curiosity, courage and exploration.
Think about how you would expose a visitor to your hometown. What would you do to show them how the everyday person lives? Some parts of that experience may not be all that glamorous, but it’s real. When they walk away they would be able to say they truly saw and understand your hometown.
Becoming a traveller is not an easy thing to accomplish. Like yoga, it takes a lot of motivation, practice and perseverance. It is something you will perfect over your lifetime.
We practice every time we go someplace new and have learned to look forward to the uncertainty that each new adventure brings.
We hope you give becoming a traveller a chance. Your future experiences are waiting!
Kevin + Hilary