You don't have to go halfway across the world to go on a journey. Journeys happen everyday, every second: from your house to the grocery store, on your way to work, even from one room to the other. Each second is different from the one before. I do think, however, that it is curious to take a journey outside your comfort zone. Once outside the familiar, you veer into the unknown. You start out a tourist: straightforward, too afraid to steer off into unfamiliar territory. But slowly, you start to reach out more. You slowly transform into a traveler. You see new things, you learn to listen, you learn about yourself. There's a line from a song that comes to mind when talking about tourists. The song is called "You are a Tourist" by Death Cab for Cutie. The line that stands out to me goes like this:
"And if you feel just like a tourist in the city you were born then it's time to go."
It's an interesting concept: you never think you will become a stranger in your own land.
Tourist or traveler, every journey helps shape up the person you will become.