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a fellow traveler

Someone who identifies with or is sympathetic to the aims or ideology of a political movement or organization, but is not a formal or full member of it. Used especially in the 1950s in reference to those suspected of being communist sympathizers. In my grandfather's day, if someone accused you of being a fellow traveler, it was often to derail your career completely. Despite having a mark against him as a "fellow traveler," he still managed to remain at the Hollywood elite.
See also: fellow, traveler

an armchair traveler

One who speaks authoritatively about traveling despite not traveling often. Don't let him discourage you when he's just an armchair traveler who's never been out of the country!
See also: armchair, traveler
References in classic literature ?
The artist traveller calmly came and took his place at table when the rest sat down, with no apparent sense upon him of his late skirmish with the completely dressed traveller.
And I think,' said the artist traveller, 'I have seen one of them before.
And then,' said the insinuating traveller, 'for the scratching dogs and the buried children, according to the pictures
The artist traveller struck in again before an answer could be given.
cried the artist traveller, unexpectedly rising into a tone of enthusiasm.
As the travellers continued to advance, they became more and more sensible of the elevation of the country.
Sometimes, in passing through a solitary mountain valley, the traveller comes perchance upon the bleeding carcass of a deer or buffalo that has just been slain.
The Time Traveller looked at us, and then at the mechanism.
This little affair,' said the Time Traveller, resting his elbows upon the table and pressing his hands together above the apparatus, `is only a model.
It took two years to make,' retorted the Time Traveller.
Then the Time Traveller put forth his finger towards the lever.
He is not hurt,' said the traveller at length, raising his head and the lantern together.
I have not gained the information from any confidence of yours, but from the inscription on your cart which tells it to all the town,' replied the traveller.
While the locksmith alighted, the traveller had regained his saddle, from which he now confronted the old man, who, moving as the horse moved in chafing under the tightened rein, kept close beside him.
Finding that further resistance would only involve him in a personal struggle with an antagonist by no means to be despised, the traveller threw back his coat, and stooping down looked steadily at the locksmith.