I assume anyone reading this has some time or other been one of those strange global creatures, disliked by some for their transient but disruptive presence and loved by others for their willingness to consume hastily and at inflated prices. I am talking about tourists.
When you cross a national boundary and you inform the stone-faced immigration officer that you are coming “for purposes of leisure”, then you become definitely that naïve thing we call a tourist. If you say you are “here on business”, then you are something else: you are an economic actor away for a few days from the office, or you are your own boss.
This difference is worth pondering over, just a bit. Who actually wants to know why you are coming, and is willing to take your word for it?
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