Tourist or traveler?

“Tourist or traveler” introduction to Quaderno 14

There is a quote taken from a book that I love – The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles – saying:

We’re probably the first tourists they’ve had since the war.

Tunner, we’re not tourists. We’re travelers.
Oh. What’s the difference?
A tourist is someone who thinks about going home the moment they arrive, Tunner.
Whereas a traveler might not come back at all.”

The novel is not a novel on tourism, for sure, but the point is: what do we want to be? A tourist or a traveller? What do we want to learn from our travelling?

Tourist or traveler
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