Are You a Traveller or a Tourist?
There is a very big difference between a traveller and a tourist.
A tourist is one who wants to do the same things they do back home, just in a different location. They impose their own culture on the place they visit and merely pass through, unaltered by the experience
A traveller walks with respect and tries to experience that which makes their new destination unique. They talk to the locals, try new things, taste the food and learn a few phrases in a different language. They relish new experiences.
A traveller is eager to learn – conscious of their footprint on the world, and fundamentally enriched and changed by every new destination.
If you’re a traveller, welcome to Eat Drink Travel Magazine – a digital food and travel magazine for the conscious traveller. Our stories encourage a deeper understanding of peoples and places, while providing advice for exploring as a conscious traveller.
About Conscious Travel
The conscious traveller seeks to both explore and make the world a better place. We can eat, drink, and travel around the world, while being aware of our individual and collective footprints.
Conscious travel is meaningful, motivates positive change, and best of all, can be fun as heck! We visit local markets, interview food providers, and taste craft beer. We eat a lot. We go off the beaten track in remote places of the earth, and try crazy outdoor sports. We care about the environment and social welfare at home and abroad, and seek to share what we’ve learned with others.
There is no perfect traveller. It’s virtually impossible to be a purist. And sometimes you’re faced with some tricky ethical situations on the road that can be overwhelming.
But don’t fret! Your path to conscious travel starts with a few changes – such as reading this magazine.
LISA JACKSON is a freelance writer and Editor in Chief. She has visited over 25 countries and in writing about history & culture, food & drink, outdoor adventure, and conscious travel. She contributes to The Globe & Mail, CAA Magazine, Travel Life, The Toronto Star, Eater, Roads & Kingdoms, Huffington Post Canada, Islands Magazine., and others Lisa is a proud member of the Yukon’s Sour Toe Cocktail Club , which she joined by letting a dead toe touch her face.
KATE PALBOM is a freelance writer and Senior Editor for Eat Drink Travel Magazine. She specializes in adventure travel and international cocktails. An enthusiastic traveler, Kate has surfed in Costa Rica, survived a car crash in Bangkok, stayed up late in Ibiza and climbed mountains in the Yukon. She is a shameless beach-bum. When not travelling, Kate works as a copywriter and digital communications specialist. A self-proclaimed Bon Vivant, Kate is an avid cook and wine enthusiast who loves to share food and experiences with others. Mantra: ‘Enjoy Yourself. It’s Later Than You Think’.
MICHELLE HOLMES is a freelance writer and Assistant Editor. She has worked in both the private and public sector with a focus on treading lightly on the planet, while being dazzled by all that Mother Nature has to offer. Her knapsack is always half-packed, her passport sits anxiously by the door, and her camera is locked and loaded, ready to shoot. Whether it’s wandering through a market in the mountains of Tanzania, or searching out ‘hairy coos’ in the highlands, Michelle is happiest in her hiking boots, defeated by unruly hair and desperate to know what’s around the corner. Follow her adventures on Wandering Off or on Twitter @wanderingoff.