What Is a Traveller?
The word traveler is commonly used in a wide sense to designate people who patronize hotels. But the term traveler is also one that refers to one who travels from one place to another. Distance is neither substance nor idea. A farmer who lives in the country will be a traveler, as he who lives in a town or village would be, and similarly he who travels across the sea or air to reach his destination will also be a traveler. A stranger or a vagabond can be both a traveler simultaneously, for he is neither a chameleon nor a traveler but changes his identity and becomes a traveler every time he changes his place of abode.
Though timeliness is one quality that a traveler should have, it is another quality that most travellers possess – self-reliance. A person travelling in an automobile is a traveler because he has to depend on somebody else to take him where he wants to go, whereas a man on foot depends on himself for his movement. Self-reliance leads to independence, which leads to another quality common to all travellers, self-inspiration.
Every traveller needs a book or two on how to get there. Though a traveler cannot require these books, he should make himself acquainted with them so that when he actually arrives in his foreign country he knows exactly what to do. If you have never been to a particular place before, you will need a guide to help you know the way to get there. There are innumerable walking tours available in most tourist cities that will help you discover the ways of travel and see the historical monuments and landmarks of your beloved country in a new light.