There is a difference between a traveler and a tourist. There are many websites explaining and comparing the two. Like 21 Signs You’re a Traveler, Not a Tourist and even boredpanda posted 10+ Differences Between Tourists And Travellers. But I found a comprehensive explanation at differencebetween.info
“A tourist may be called a traveller without any problems, but a traveller will be gravely insulted if they were called a tourist.”That line made me all giddy inside. Yep, it’s all so true. For me, a tourist is someone who sticks with a plan and goes to popular tourist spots, while a traveler is spontaneous. A traveler prefers to deviate from groups, and aims to not only see the popular spots but actually look for the road less traveled and hunt for hidden gems. And that is my aim each time I travel. Although, I must say, I have only seen a small fraction of the world and I wish to see more. But it’s never too late to plan ahead by remembering the places you have been.
Around the same time last year, I blogged about my travels both locally and abroad. The post “How Much of the World Have You Seen” included a Lakbayan Traveler Grade and a map where I have pinned locations that I have visited. Unfortunately, I just discovered recently that the Lakbayan site already closed and the domain is now for sale. Thus, the page hosting the code plug-in is already gone.
So, I searched for an alternative blog plug-in, widget and mobile app. After a couple of days, I finally found Travellerspoint. It’s a travel community where not only a map can be updated, but members can even create a blog within the site, post photos and write about their adventures. I have not gone through the latter parts yet, but I found the map logs so cool!
My bucket list includes travelling to all the regions in the country. I’m not even halfway yet, but I’m glad I have been to at least one city or province each in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Here’s a screenshot of the Philippine map and my travels so far.
As for the rest of the world, the interactive map by Travellerspoint enables anyone to zoom in to each country and see the stops I made on each trip. It’s not as accurate as my day to day route, but at least marking each location was my aim.
So for my fellow travelers, I recommend to try out this site and document your trips!
About the photo:
"Parking Space. More Fun in the Philippines" is a photo I took at Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol in December, 2010