Subject: Re: Tourist versus traveler?

I am fascinated by the tourist versus traveler discussion! I must admit, I have never given much thought to the topic. In most places I visit, my fair skin, blonde hair and southern accent make it impossible to "blend" with the locals regardless of whether I am trekking in the back country or staying in a nice hotel.

Seems to me that each of us has our own personal goals for our travels and we needn't worry about how others perceive us. Truth be said, we are all tourists when out of our home base.

Great discussion thread!!

Beverly (planning to go to China where I am really going to have a hard time blending) Knoxville, TN