I'm passionate and I travel the world not just as a tourist but to understand cultures. I've lived with Masai tribe. I travel the world and bring it back in the form of a research book.
Tourist VS Traveler
The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him.
The best way to get to know the place you are traveling in is to walk around... and the best way to walk around is with comfortable shoes! Grab your travel buddy and go explore!