In the travel industry, some say there are distinct differences between the stereotypical tourist and the traveler. A tourist you can spot anywhere with their fanny pack and obnoxious video camera in everyone’s face. Others believe the traveler is the hipster granola with a backpack and walking stick. Where do you fit? Are you more of the vacationing tourist or the experiencing traveler? Or does it depend on the trip? To be a passionate and respectful traveler doesn’t mean that you have to throw all of your own values out the window and join the local tribe. To avoid the tourist look, however, you should probably hide those Hawaiian shirts (unless you’re in Hawaii!) and be cautious of cultural and social expectations. Both have sides have their extremes, but most important is to be respectful of the culture you are visiting and to stay true to yourself. And of course, enjoy yourself. Go and do what makes you happy!