What exactly is a tourist? A person visiting or one that lives there permanently but acts/pretends they are a tourist when it suits them the most. Labeling can be very good or bad depending on what label they are labeling the person with. If it is a harmful or helpful attachment to attach to any one person or thing. Tourist is supposed to be exciting, exploring their new environment in which they will be there depending on what time expectations they put on themselves for the one event.