Quiz: Are You A Tourist Or A Traveller?

By Annick Weber

Illustrations by Sanja Dubroja

It sounds like they are one and the same thing, but there is a difference between being a tourist and being a traveller. Which one are you? Answer our five questions and discover the result below. There’s no right or wrong result!

  1. You need a place to stay

Your flights are booked and all that’s missing is a bed for your stay. Which option are you going for? 

A. You book a room in a centrally located hotel with 24-hour reception and modern amenities. 

B. You choose a self-catered apartment or a small guesthouse in a local neighbourhood. If you have friends living in your destination, you will ask to stay with them – even if it might mean sleeping on their couch.

Contrast of a hotel bedroom a living room couch.

2. You’re packing 

Your trip is nearing. What are you bringing along?  

A. From experience you’ve learned that the less you take, the better you will feel while on the road. The night before your departure you put the bare necessities into a carry-on-sized backpack.

B. You spend a few days carefully planning your outfits and bring along two outfit options per day in a checked suitcase. 

Contrast of a suitcase and backpack.

3. You’ve just landed

You’ve picked up your bags and are making your way out of the airport terminal. How do you get to your accommodation? 

A. You buy a ticket for the bus or metro. Despite having to change lines once, you enjoy getting a first insight into the daily life of your destination

B. You head to the taxi rank and hop in a cab. A smooth, twenty-minute-ride later you’ve arrived comfortably at the place you’re staying. 

4. You’re hungry

It’s your first evening in a new town and your tummy starts to rumble. What do you do? 

A. You order a club sandwich from room service. As you’re tired from your travels, you prefer to eat something quick and reliable.

B. You head out and grab a drink at a lively looking bar. Only moments later you’re in a conversation with a group of locals who you ask about their favourite eateries. 

Contrast of a sandwich and a cocktail.

5. You’re out exploring

Your destination is waiting to be discovered. What’s on your bucket list? 

A. You bring your trusted guidebook and head to the must-visit spots. Your preferred way of getting around between museums, parks and other sights is a hassle-free hop-on hop-off bus.

B. Rather than following a sightseeing list, you see where you heart takes you. You believe that by getting lost in a vibrant neighbourhood or a local market, you will find the true essence of a place. 

Contrast of a Australia guidebook and a map with a question mark.

The Results


You’re more of a tourist type if you’ve chosen 3 or more of the following answers: 

1A, 2B, 3B, 4A, 5A

For tourists, travelling is a way of switching off from day-to-day life without getting out of their comfort zone.

For the tourists out there, get inspired by reading A Weekend Guide to Quebec City 


You’re more of a traveller type if you’ve chosen 3 or more of the following answers: 

1B, 2A, 3A, 4B, 5B

Travellers like to immerse themselves in a different culture, experience new things and blend in with the locals as much as possible.

For the travellers out there, get inspired by reading How To Eat Like A Local While Travelling