Ayer's Rock in 2003

Defying Tradition: A Travelers Life For Me!

It seems everyone who travels these days has their own name for what they do. Some will bicker the difference between a traveler and a tourist. Some will stress the difference between a person who embraces travel as a way of life and one who travels for a vacation from life. Those that believe it defines them will of course say it with more conviction while those that question the difference generally can't comprehend the difference.

In the past few years I've read dozens of travel posts and articles explaining the key differences concerning the philosophy of travel. I believe most of us who travel have our own definition for who we are and what we do. Defying tradition and going against the norm are only part of...