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Tourists are otherwise normal people. (Walter Ludin)

Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else. (Lawrence Block)

I often don’t know where my Luggage is, that’s what being a tourist is all about. (Terry Pratchett)

Anyone who lives in a tower is a tourist. (Erik Satie)

There’s a new tourist born every minute. (James Murray)

The tourist destroys what he seeks by finding it. (Hans Magnus Enzensberger)

The tourist transports his own values and demands to his destinations and implants them like an infectious disease, decimating whatever values existed before. (Arthur Erickson)

You perceive I generalize with intrepidity from single instances. It is the tourist’s custom. (Mark Twain)

A tourist recognizes himself at first glance. He is an individual dressed in such a way that, if he were in his own country, he would turn around in the street when he saw himself pass. (Philippe Meyer)

TOURIST. A person who goes on a hike with a backpack on his shoulders, and returns with his tongue on his shoulder. (Konstantin Melikhan)

If everyone in the world took care of each other the way folks do out on the trail, and if everyone approached each day with as much hope and optimism as hikers do, the world would be a better place. (Jon Tullis)

The modern American tourist now fills his experience with pseudo-events. He has come to expect both more strangeness and more familiarity than the world naturally offers. He has come to believe that he can have a lifetime of adventure in two weeks and all the thrills of risking his life without any real risk at all. (Daniel J. Boorstin)

Tourism features

Tourism is the migration of peoples in modern times. (Halldor Kiljan Laxness)

Tourism is applied geography. (Erwin Koch)

Tourism: the struggle for experience. (Wolfgang Mocker)

The basis of tourism is perception of otherness, of something being different from the usual. (Lucy M. Long)

This is where tourism began! As soon as we knew the world-ball. Then “Tourism” would be the general appellation for a bad exotic attitude. As well as part of the vocabulary of travel. (Victor Segalen)

The thing about tourism is that the reality of a place is quite different from the mythology of it. (Martin Parr)

Tourism is the industry of transporting people who would be better off at home, to places that would be better off without them. (Jean Mistler)

Tourism is the livelihood of the idle. (Sergei Dovlatov)

Tourism is the finished realization of a universe of despair. (Chantal Thomas)

Tourism, human circulation considered as consumption is fundamentally nothing more than the leisure of going to see what has become banal. (Guy Debord)

The personal appropriation of cliches is a condition for the spread of cultural tourism. (Serge Daney)

Also tourism is supranational, like the Catholic Church, and it represents the most complete communion that we know on earth: because, whether its faithful are Americans, Germans, Italians, or of any origin, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids and the Campanile provoke in them a single and even emotion, their Bible is written in plain language and suffers no personal interpretation ; they share the same landscapes, bear the same annoyances, live according to the same transparent timetable. They belong to the street. (Thomas Pynchon)

City and tourism

Tourism does not go to a city that has lost its soul. (Arthur Frommer)

I love the feeling of anonymity in a city I’ve never been to. (Bill Bryson)

Rome reminds me of a man who makes a living showing tourists his grandmother’s corpse. (James Joyce)

The most convenient way to get to know the city is to try to find out how people work here, how they love here and how they die here. (Albert Camus)

A noisy, dirty, cheerful, restless city that fed on tourists, needed tourists and despised tourists. (Neil Gaiman)

I am leaving the town to the invaders: increasingly numerous, mediocre, dirty, badly behaved, shameless tourists. (Brigitte Bardot)

In every city there are places where locals constantly visit. And there are other places – where they take tourists, but they themselves never drop in – although they are proud of this place. (Sergey Lukyanenko)

Tourism as a number-one industry is a terrible, terrible idea for any city, especially New York. If you were going to turn a city, which is a place where people live, into a tourist attraction, you’re going to have to make it a place that people who don’t live here, like. So I object to living in a place for people who don’t live here. (Fran Lebowitz)

In Moscow, every foreigner is taken to see a big cannon and a big bell. A cannon that can’t be fired, and a bell that fell off before it rang. (Petr Chaadaev)

Locals and tourists

Tourism: To have been in a foreign country and managed not to get to know a local. (Rudolph Rolfs)

You can’t truly appreciate a country if you don’t know its people. (Alberto Moravia)

I like tourists. I think it’s nice to live in a town that people come from all over to visit. (David Thewlis)

Sad word: tourists. Foreigners, separated from the life of the country by the atmospheric layer they carry with them: habits, interests, chatter of their city, jargon of their sect. (Valery Larbaud)

The most interesting lessons often lie in the mundane – those aspects of everyday life that locals take for granted and tourists tend to overlook. (Esther Dyson)

Let’s try to create a new habit of slow travel; let’s forfeit the social media selfies and work on creating true links of friendship, mutual aid, trust and discovery when we are guests in other people’s communities and homes. (Heather Marsh)

Whether you like it or not, the French don’t like foreigners. The poor, of course. The rich, we call them tourists. (Francoise Giroud)

Though there are some disagreeable things in Venice there is nothing so disagreeable as the visitors. (Henry James)

Go to Mozambique! As long as you don’t expect to find flawless infrastructure, just go. Because this is a country where people have not quite grown accustomed to tourists. You still feel a genuineness that no longer exists in countries where tourism has been industrially developed. (Henning Mankell)

Travelers and tourists

Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going. (Paul Theroux)

The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see. (G.K. Chesterton)

The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes ‘sight-seeing. (Daniel J. Boorstin)

The tourist takes his culture with him. The traveler leaves his behind. (J.R. Rim)

Tourism turns the traveler into a controller, his discoveries into an inspection, surprise into a statement. (Frederic Begbeder)

For the canny traveler, the map is dotted with tourist traps that were once something sincere, something worthy of reverence that gave way to branded merchandise. (Thomm Quackenbush)

Tourists: Early risers: take away the best beach spots from travelers. (Andreas Egert)

Tourists are otherwise normal people. (Walter Ludin)

Tourism is applied geography. (Erwin Koch)

Place and tourism

What am I doing here? (Arthur Rimbaud)

Tourism destroys the tourist place by the sole fact that it attracts crowds there and that the place (city, landscape, museum) no longer has any interest other than that of an encounter which could take place elsewhere, no matter where. (Henri Lefebvre)

It is the fate of all great tourist spots to become terrible tourist spots because as soon as everyone finds out they’re great tourist spots, they fill up with tourists. (Ben Pobjie)

The tourist who moves about to see and hear and open himself to all the influences of the places which condense centuries of human greatness is only a man in search of excellence. (Max Lerner)

The great thing about winter is that it not only wipes the leaves off the trees, but also the tourists from Montmartre. (Denis Guedj)

The fact that television and tourism have made the whole world accessible has created the illusion that we enjoy intimate knowledge of other places, when we barely scratch their surface. For the vast majority, the knowledge of Thailand or Sri Lanka acquired through tourism consists of little more than the whereabouts of the beach. (Martin Jacques)

People and tourism

Nowhere does man strain himself as much as in the hunt for relaxation. (Laurence Sterne)

In the middle ages people were tourists because of their religion, whereas now they are tourists because tourism is their religion. (Robert Runcie)

There is nothing more useful for the nerves than to go where you have never been. (Anna Akmatova)

I like arriving somewhere and taking a left when someone tells you to go right. When all the tourist signs are pointing one way, it’s exciting to go the other. (Lennie James)

Much have I traveled in the realms of gold, and many goodly states and kingdoms seen. (John Keats)

The passion for foreign countries is the sweetest and broadest vice that this earth knows. (Kasimir Edschmid)

While tourism is often resource-intensive, it is a major driver of poverty reduction in developing countries. (Arancha Gonzalez)

Camera and tourists

The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own. (Susan Sontag)

Camera – Wonderful instrument of tourism to which the traveler shows the country before seeing it himself. (Pierre Daninos)

A tourist is someone who travels thousands of miles to have their picture taken in front of their car. (Emile Genest)

Using a camera appeases the anxiety which the work-driven feel about not working when they are on vacation and supposed to be having fun. They have something to do that is like a friendly imitation of work: they can take pictures. (Susan Sontag)

Japanese: A person who sees all the beauty in this world through his camera’s viewfinder. (Ron Kritzfeld)

You easily recognize the professional photographer in the middle of a herd of tourists: he is the one who hides his camera. (Roland Topor)

Travel and tourism

Travel only enriches the tourism industry. (Bernard Willems-Diriken)

Before the development of tourism, travel was conceived to be like study, and it’s fruits were considered to be the adornment of the mind and the formation of the judgment. (Paul Fussell)

Exploration belongs to the Renaissance, travel to the bourgeois age, tourism to our proletarian moment. (Paul Fussell)

Too often, instead of broadening horizons, travel only lengthens conversation. (Elizabeth Drew)

One can only really travel if one lets oneself go and takes what every place brings without trying to turn it into a healthy private pattern of one’s own and I suppose that is the difference between travel and tourism. (Freya Stark)

Quotes about travel

Tourist and tourists

The average tourist wants to go to places where there are no tourists. (Sam Ewing)

Happy is the tourist who has seen everything before the tourists arrive! (Bernard Arcand)

Tourist – Term used with a shade of disdain, sometimes annoyance, by the tourist to designate other tourists. (Pierre Daninos)

The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist. (Russell Baker)

As a German tourist abroad, you are faced with the question of whether you have to behave properly or whether German tourists have already been there. (Kurt Tucholsky)

Guides and tourists

Modern tourist guides have helped raised tourist expectations. And they have provided the natives- from Kaiser Wilhelm down to the villagers of Chichacestenango – with a detailed and itemized list of what is expected of them and when. These are the up-to-date scripts for actors on the tourists’ stage. (Daniel J. Boorstin)

In fact, lovers of excursions are eager, first of all, to see with their own eyes the confirmation of what they read in the guidebooks. (Michel Houellebecq)

Tourists, their way of checking everything in relation to the guides they carry around. They don’t admire: they confront. (Frederic Dard)

Attitude to tourism

I don’t mind being a tourist at all, and a gawker. I just walk around. (Ann Robinson)

I’m not a good tourist, I don’t like tourism. (Joe Sacco)

TO BE A TOURIST is to escape accountability. Errors and failings don’t cling to you the way they do back home. You’re able to drift across continents and languages, suspending the operation of sound thought. Tourism is the march of stupidity. (Don DeLillo)

I’m not a good tourist. I don’t like walking around and looking at things. I like being in a city and working and finding out how other people live. (Marian Seldes)

Life and tourism

The routines of tourism are even more monotonous than those of daily life. (Mason Cooley)

Tourism seems to me like a modern form of the plague, descending on a place and attacking all kinds of life without distinction. (Eugene Green)

The practice of soulful travel is to discover the overlapping point between history and everyday life, the way to find the essence of every place, every day: in the markets, small chapels, out-of-the-way parks, craft shops. Curiosity about the extraordinary in the ordinary moves the heart of the traveler intent on seeing behind the veil of tourism. (Phil Cousineau)

Money and tourism

The tourist is a vagrant who has money. (Michel Chrestien)

In a foreign country, a traveler is a bag of money that everyone strives to empty as soon as possible. (Victor Hugo)

You don’t have to be rich to travel wel. (Eugene Fodor)

Almost everyone has a book by which everyone can determine where he will spend his next vacation. Title of the book: Checkbook. (Aron Vigushin)

Home and tourism

You only travel to find it nice again at home. That is the point of tourism. (Manfred Schmidt)

Those who want to feel at home on holiday should rather stay at home. (Till Eitel)

Tourism is the energy expended traveling ten thousand miles complaining that things do n’t work the way they do at home. (Sylvain Tesson)

Only when we are abroad teaches us what we have at home. (Theodor Fontane)

Sights and tourists

Sights are things that you have to see because others have seen them too. (Hans Soehnker)

Fools visit the museums in foreign countries, wise men go to the taverns. (Erich Kaestner)

What is a museum without objects and artifacts? Empty. Or worse, a building full of very disoriented tourists. (Mackenzie Finklea)

Wonder and tourism

I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. (Bill Bryson)

See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask for no guarantees, ask for no security. (Ray Bradbury)

As I see the world, there’s one element that’s even more corrosive than missionaries: tourists. It’s not that I feel above them in any way, but that the very places they patronize are destroyed by their affection. (Tahir Shah)

Mountaineering and tourism

A tourist follows a trail; a mountaineer finds one. (Reinhold Messner)

Alpinism means you go by yourself with your own responsibility, knowing that you could die. But Everest now is more like ski tourism: preparing the piste, helping people go up, setting oxygen bottles near the summit. (Reinhold Messner)

Quotes about mountaineering

Walking and tourism

Walking is a virtue, tourism is a deadly sin. (Bruce Chatwin)

The walk is not tourism. It’s the pleasure of walking, quietly, according to your desires, without a specific objective. (Jiro Taniguchi)

Quotes about walking

Business and tourism

Tourism is the biggest industry in the world. (Martin Parr)

And tourism is an ugly business, it’s not fit work for human beings. It’s hosting parasites. (Kim Stanley Robinson)

Prejudices and tourism

Who has not left his country is full of prejudices. (Carlo Goldoni)

Fascism is cured by reading, and racism is cured by traveling. (Miguel de Unamuno)

Adventure and tourism

Adventure without risk is Disneyland. (Doug Coupland)

The home of adventure is abroad. (Emil Gött)

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