Behind the “tourist” label lie very different kinds of wanderers

“When some tourists accuse those other tourists of not being good enough tourists, not open enough, not interested in adventures and new challenges, they fall back on the normative ideal developed from the days of the Grand Tour and onwards. They forget that behind the tourist label there are very different kinds of explorers. Some are out to discover exotic worlds or meet new people, for others a vacation is a chance to explore the body, their senses, or sexuality or just develop the difficult art of doing nothing.”
–Orvar Lofgren, On Holiday: A History of Vacationing (1999)

Posted by | Comments (1)  | December 12, 2011
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

One Response to “Behind the “tourist” label lie very different kinds of wanderers”

  1. DEK Says:

    It’s like one collector telling another collector that he’s collecting the wrong sort of thing.