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  1. I’ve always felt those terms were erroneous too. Living in a place for a few days, weeks or even months, but knowing “home” is elsewhere you can escape to if things get tough doesn’t make you a local. Like you said, if you have enough money to live as an expat, usually you’re more privileged than at least 90% of the population and as such you only see the glamorous side which your hosts and the upscale places you frequent allow you to see. But nonetheless, I don’t completely hate those terms since they encourage the support of community and sustainable tourism, putting money into hands of the locals rather than big international hotel chains which expatriate all their profit and pay their workers pennies. It’s just up to us as visitors to be mindful that we’re outsiders and to respect people’s cultures, supporting where we can but taking care not to appropriate or be completely ignorant to the struggles and hardship the true locals face.

  2. I agree with you completely! Thank you for sharing your view here. That’s what I advocate and believe in as well – to support community/cultural tourism and local businesses, respect the host culture, and remember that we, as voluntary tourists, are privileged guests.

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