Tourist

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 19:43
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What is your definition of a tourist?

My Macquarie of old (3rd edition 1997) explains:

1.) one who tours, especially for pleasure
2.) a member of a touring international team
3.) six bob a day tourist (Obsolete Colloquial) an Australian soldier serving in Worls War 1

Aren't we all tourists when we are on tour?

Paul


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Reply By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 19:54

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 19:54
A person or persons who invade your territory at any particular time of the year.
A person or persons who invade your territory at Long weekend times or any other busy time throughout the yr is called at terrorist.


Have a good one!

Laura
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Follow Up By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 19:58

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 19:58
What is the difference between a Tourist and a Terrorist??

You can negotiate with a Terrorist.LOL

Cheers Steve.
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Follow Up By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 21:32

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 21:32
not the terrorists onthe south coast!! they will not budge!
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Reply By: obee - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 20:00

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 20:00
A tourist is someone who gets in the way when I am travelling about exploring the world. They push the prices up in the high season and crowd out the restaurants so I have to sit outside on the footpath. (dont you hate eating with the traffic?)

they called my father a five bob a day murderer in the second war. Those blokes in WW1 must have been overpaid and underworked.

They just called me a baby killer.

Owen

ok so I am a tourist too. A selfish one!
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Follow Up By: Member - Fred G (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 20:18

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 20:18
obee, "those blokes," as you call them, in ww1, were certainly not overpaid, and were certainly overworked.
Justify the rest of your statement mate...?????
No sniping on this site...pleeeaaase.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kim M (VIC) - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 20:26

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 20:26
Owen

Your post is not appreciated. Go an have a look at the history books.

Kim
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Follow Up By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 20:29

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 20:29
Hey Obee.

Look at it like this, next time you go to a van park in peak season, as I explained to my old man at Xmas.

He is a self-funded retiree he and mum worked in the public service all their lives, so didn't understand the private sector.

We stayed at a van park in Cairns, mum and dad in a their van, Philip and I in our camper, and my sister and her 2 girls in the motel room.

Dad was saying how expensive it was because it was Xmas time and the van park charged top dollar, so I asked the owner if he had hired more staff over the Xmas period he said he had hired 4 more staff because they were busy, so I told dad this, then I told dad that the lawns were trimmed, the pool was cleaned every day, the toilet block was one of the cleanest I have seen, then I told him it more than likely cost the owner 15 to 20 thousand $$ extra in wages just for 6 weeks they were busy.

Dad's outlook on this changed when I pointed this out.

Cheers Steve.
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 21:51

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 21:51
Fred/Kim,

Suggest you read obee's post again.

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Follow Up By: obee - Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 09:55

Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 09:55
I will have push my tounge a bit harder into my cheek. I thought it was obvious but there you go. It's just ironic.

I was point out that WW2 blokes only got five bob. I think the ww1 blokes got the same. I do study history. We should be having a sorry day for what they were put through and less of the myth of the bronzed hero. I didnt mind being called baby killer because I understand how people get carried away by the moment.

There are plenty of parks that struggle I know. They got big overheads and running costs and they are cheap. Airconditioners have pushed the prices up a bit so if you dont have one then you are helping to pay for them anyway. That was from a park operator.

I did enjoy having a dig at the fellow travellers though. It's a disappointment to at last make it out into the great unknown and find out several hundred thousand people got there first. And good luck to them too.

owen
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Reply By: Dave B (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 20:08

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 20:08
I think at one of the tourism conferences I attended many years ago, a tourist was defined as

Someone who is more than 50 Kms from home on an outing.

or words similar to that.

By that definition, you could be just on a trip down the coast to the beach or up into the hills or whatever.

You are more likely to drop into a shop and get a drink or an ice cream or visit a nic nac shop or the like if you are out of your own little patch.

That's a tourist.

Dave
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 20:49

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 20:49
Paul,

A tourist is someone who keeps me in a lifestyle that I have be come used to.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: stefan P (Penrith NSW) - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 22:09

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 22:09
a bloody cushy one at that!! LOL
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Reply By: Footloose - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 21:33

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 21:33
Some interesting definitions, along with a bit of controversy. That's what I like about this place. I might not agree with you, but I'll defend your right to express yourself.
Anyway...

Once away from the maddening crowds, I'm a traveller. Just passing through but open to all new knowledge, taking away only memories and leaving nothing but my footprints behind.
The rest are just terrorists :))
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Reply By: Ken65 - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 22:42

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 22:42
Definition of a tourist... Someone who drives a 1000 Klms to have his photo taken beside his vehicle!!!
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 23:42

Thursday, Mar 06, 2008 at 23:42
1000km ? Then they've hardly left home :)
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Follow Up By: obee - Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 10:02

Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 10:02
let's hear it for the urban tourists. They cannot all be going somewhere important. Like Saigon where they "go round" just for kicks.

Owen
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 00:03

Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 00:03
I'm about to head off on my 25th tour of Tasmania. '
But I don't think of myself as a tourist, but rather a traveller.
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Reply By: Member - bushfix - Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 10:28

Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 10:28
what's with the warning signs though?

you know "Tourist LOOK OUT"

I could think of all kinds of things.......depending on the location too I guess....

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Reply By: Paul & Debbie - Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 10:36

Friday, Mar 07, 2008 at 10:36
Hey, thank you all for your thoughts!

I have no difficulty considering myself as a tourist when I travel.

I had a little google search this morning about what is the difference between a tourist and a traveller. They seem not to differentiate, but I found something I would like to share with you:

>>In some ways, I think travel is about learning how to see, learning how to pay attention. It's an alarm clock in some ways, and it's a jumpstart to putting our senses on the setting where they're universally receptive.

I think theoretically we could do that at our homes, and yet somehow, surrounded by familiarity and the routine we know too well, our eyes tend to close and we don't notice the things that are so wondrous for a visitor.

But as soon as we physically start moving we awaken to the beauties around us." --Pico Iyer<<

I like the last sentence.

Paul


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