Are you a tourist or a traveler?

English writer G.K. Chesterton said, “The traveler sees what he sees; the tourist sees what he has come to see.” I was struck by this quote.  How often do we go through life only seeing what we expect to see, rather than what is in front of us.  What would happen if in the situation familiar or foreign to us, we viewed the event with traveler’s eyes? How would it be if we didn’t simply focus on what we’d hoped or planned to see, as a tourist might? But instead, set aside preconceived notions and expectations, and soak in the experiences of the present moment?

Whether you are traveling or at home, why not journey through the day as a full participant. Engage deeply with the world—open to new lessons, new insights, and let yourself be utterly transformed by everything you encounter.

Have an extraordinary day!



  1. Grant

    The challenge for me in engaging deeply in the world is to remember who I am, what my personal mission in life is, and view new things through that lense.

    • Vicki Suiter

      I can so appreciate what your saying! Staying present also means staying connected with our core mission and purpose. Thanks for sharing G.