When you travel there are 3 possibilities ; travel as a tourist, as a traveller or a backpacker.
Tourist are those who book a trip from a travel agent, let them plan everything and then they transfer you from one popular tourist destination to another. There is little interaction with locals and you have limited time to roam freely in that limited time. If you are elderly or have language issues then that's okay. Anyways it's your choice what you want.
Travellers are those who plan their own trip, from bookings to making a list of places they want to see and do. There is no specific compulsory schedule they need to follow. For them budget is not an issue. It's just that they explore more and are more interested in knowing the culture apart from seeing popular tourist destinations.
A backpacker is one who has shoe tight budget, prefer to spend minimum on accomodation and transport, doesn't prefer any fancy restaurant's and love street food😋. They love adventures and go out of the box to travel.
I have been travelling as a traveller, things changed when I travelled to Australia. That was my first solo trip. I had booked hostels and had no idea how it will fare out. That was the best decision that changed the way I travelled. Not only I realised sitting alone and doing nothing in your hotel is way better than interacting with others, participating in group activities arranged by hostels to going places with your fellow hostellers.
That's when I rediscovered myself that omg I can talk a lot.
During my trip had made friends, danced my heart out, went out with other hostellers, shared our stories about travel and life, offering free drinks to fellow hostellers as they were out of money, to making friends with drug dealers and having the opportunity to visit their home and see how they deal, to playing with their lovely dogs, to prescribing and giving medications to his friends ( as she had got the appointment of a doctor after 15 days) and I always keep my medicine kit with me while travelling, to visiting local beaches together, to 3 guys flirting with same girl 😋, to telling guys and girls from developed countries how rich we Indians are, earning in rupees and spending in dollars, pounds and euros while they earn in pounds and dollars still struggle to spend in rupees, this journey changed me altogether.