Common people use to confuse both terms, but in my opinion there are massive differences between each other:
more likely to "lock" themselves in resorts and places with people from
the same country. No Name Bar in Cozumel, Mexico.|
- Tourist: Usually has a few days vacation per year and does not want to get complicated. Book through travel agencies, holidays packages with accommodation, transfer, excursions and most probably everything inclusive. They never travel on their own, always with friend/couple/the full family. They have little to noone knowledge about the place they are going to visit, local language or dialects. They most probably added "traveling" as a hobby in their personal description.
- Traveler: For the real traveler, travel is not a hobby, it's their life! You are able to sacrifice comfort and personal belonging in order to get further in your travels. Traveler reach places where tourist have never been seen. The real traveler will be most probably on his/her own, but it is not uncommon to travel with a companion. Travel is not about how many of the touristy monument you visit or how many countries have you been but fully integrated with the local communities you are visiting.
|I think you really get to know how locals really live by visiting their markets. This is Tagbilaran Market in Bohol, Philippines.|
|Just a normal noodle eatery with two salarymen. Nagoya, Japan.|
|Does this interest anyone? yes, me! It can be a pawn house, but I love this village! Roatán, Honduras|
Do you agree with my definitions or you would like to add anything else? I will keep adding more conclusion once I clarify my mind!