Article Critique on Tourist/Traveler

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ArticleCritique on Tourist/Traveler

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ArticleCritique on Tourist/Traveler

ThearticleToSee America, Be a Traveler, Not a Touristby Heat-Moon andCaputo givesa persuasiveargumenton thedifferencebetween a touristanda traveler.Bothauthorshavebeenrepresentedas travelersbecausetheyhavebeenableto demonstratetheir passionandin thesocietythattheyhavevisited.In fact,itis evidentthatthere is a disparityin termsof meaningbetween beinga touristanda traveler.Beinga travelerdoesnot entailtravelingin theentireregionin your itinerary.In fact,itcallsfortheintegrationa personreceivesin thecultureandtheenjoymentderivedfrom viewing andappreciatingthecountrylandscapesandcomparingthem with your country`sspectacularviews.Atravelermeetsmanypeople,appreciates their diversity,andrecordstheir experienceforfuturereference.Indeed,thetravelers’experiencedeepenstheir holistic understandingof thepeople’scultureandappreciatestheenvironmenttheyare visitingas wellas interacting with thelocals.

Thediscussionbetween thetwo travelershas assistedme to reflecton my personaltravelbehavior.I am a tourist,andmy modeof traveldoesnot exhibittraveler’srequirement.I am a reservedpersonandI finditdifficultto integratewith people’sculturewhenever I govisiting.Astheir guidebooksdonot limittravelers,I alwaysstickto whatmy guidebookindicatesandmy vacationis a wayto havea restfrom a busyworking schedule.Manypeopleas wellare touristslike me. Theystickto their schedulestheydonot engagewith othercultures,andveryfewtryto ascertainthelanguageconceptof thenativessothattheymay understandthem. Theyundertaketheir visitas a vacationinsteadof interactingwith theculture,a situationthat limitsthem from havinga widerviewof theworld.

Asa futurebusinessleader,theknowledgeof travelermotivationcomesin handy.Thelessonslearnedin travellinggivea holistic understandingof theenvironment,society,values,beliefs,andthelanguageof thepeople,which are thepowerfulingredientsforthesuccessof thebusiness.Understandingthetargetmarket(people)will allowa businessleaderto formulatestrategiesthat areaimedat meetingtheir needs.Justas travelerrecordsalltheexperienceencountered,thebusinessleader,on theotherhand,should dothesame.In fact,theinformationrecordedwill assisthim to understandthecurrentsituationandconsequently predictthefuture.Theeffortsof thebusinessleadersshould go,beholdthegoalssets(guidebook),a strategythat will challengethem to putmoreeffortsforthesuccessof thebusiness.

Insummary,beinga travelercallsfora clearvisionof whatthatneedto bedone.In fact,a travelermust be creative,havethepassion,andunderstandhis/her surroundingto an extentof beinglike thedwellers.Whenapproachingbusiness,a leadershould profoundlyunderstandtheplace,people,andtheenvironmentas wellas appreciatingthediversityof others. Our perspectiveon manythingswill changeforthebetterwhenwelistento otherindividualswhodonot thinklike us. LastlythearticleToSee America, Be a Traveler, Not a Touristdepictshowexcursionis allabout.Itstatesthatifwewantto understandsomething, weneedto giveitour concentrationandtime.Beinga traveleris not about goingfora holiday,buta goodopportunityto learnandunderstandotherplacesandpeopleandtheabilityto appreciatethediversityin theworld.