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Salad Days Magazine | February 7, 2023

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Professional Tourists | Nathan Fletcher and Chippa Wilson

Professional Tourists | Nathan Fletcher and Chippa Wilson
Salad Days

Caribbean Panama – “Travelers” are often pretentious. They like to make a clear and rigid distinction between themselves and “tourists.”

Travelers like to think that by staying longer in a place, they are somehow more entitled than the average visitor. But they’re fooling themselves. Travelers are just tourists with dirtier luggage. And Nathan Fletcher, who’s never been one to front, knows: To thine own self be true.


“I see us as professional tourists,” Nathan said to Chippa over the wild drone of the Panamanian jungle. “We go places and hang out and surf, and that’s about it. So everywhere we go, we’re looked at like that, which is fine. Because let’s face it: We’re just here to surf.”


“When you look around at everyone else that isn’t from here, really, you’re just like them, only you’re getting paid to be a tourist,” laughed Nathan Fletcher. “And to surf.”


Nathan travels far and wide and often and very well, but is also unassumingly quiet and authentic, and like Chippa, he perceives a place for all it presents. While these professional tourists might not wander aimlessly like “travelers” do, they do pay attention. Discover the entire story here:

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