Is There a Difference Between a Tourist and a Traveller?

Many people try to make a clear distinction between tourists and travellers, although such a demarcation is quite value-laden. It is often a way for people to create a hierarchy of travel, whereby self-identified travellers can feel assured that they are travelling in a more adventurous, exciting, and authentic way. (I recently covered the topic…View Post

Our Search for Authentic Travel: The Tourist Gaze and the Commodification of Culture

Authentic travel experiences: that’s what we all seem to be after when we go abroad. When exploring new locales and relaying our experiences to others upon our return, there’s often nothing more self-satisfying to talk about how authentic a particular experience was. I have written previously about how this concept of authenticity can feed into…View Post