Travel vs Vacation

Sure you have to tell Human Resources that you are taking days off to go on vacation. But are you really going on vacation? Personally I usually marry both in my travels especially when I am visiting a city for the first time. It is kinda hard not to play the tourist card. In my opinion, the label can be use interchangeably depending on what you want to achieve at the end.


  • Do you want to de-stress and relax?
  • Do you want to visit all the major attractions in the city?
  • Are you going to spend more time in your accommodation than in the city?
  • Did you sign up for a group tour?
  • Will you prefer to have a guide to show and bring you around?


  • Are you planning to get to know the locals?
  • Will you commute like the locals? (Metro/Subway/Bus etc.)
  • Do you want to explore the off-beaten path?
  • Are you going to avoid all tourist trap and attractions?
  • Do you want to learn and/or experience something from this trip?

There are times when I just want a quickie vacation nearby to escape from the real world. So I wouldn’t say I have a fix travelling style and neither should you. It is your life, your money, your desires… plan it however you want. So, are you going to travel or go on a vacation next?

woman lying on white sand beach
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