So You’d Rather Go A Guide for the Modern Budget Traveller (who would rather not ‘backpack’) Flashpacking 0560693
Flashpacking: <ul><li>The neologism ‘flashpacking’ </li></ul><ul><li>is distinct from the common practise of ‘backpacking’ </li></ul><ul><li>in terms of its integration with modern technology and allowance for stylistic expression. </li></ul>Flashpackers are young travellers with a budget who look to experience the culture of an area, both high and low. As more technologically- inclined people look to travel independently, flashpacking becomes a more common way of seeing the world .
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This chart represents how significant the youth travel market in Canada is, and so, how many young people are actively engaged in independent travel. Flashpacking is one way these people navigate their experiences. (www.tourism.gov.on.ca/english/research/travel_activities/Lifecycle_Stage_Report)
<ul><li>The youth travel phenomenon was studied by the International Student Travel confederation who found young people are hesitant to describe themselves as ‘tourists’, but rather ‘travellers’ which signifies a more adventurous attraction seen in flashpacking. </li></ul><ul><li>(http://www.atlas-euro.org, 2003-2003 international study) </li></ul>
Technology <ul><li>http:// www.nonstopmac.com </li></ul>The first essential aspect to flashpacking is the inclusion of technology. The flashpacker takes advantage of convenient communication, image and sound recording and (often free) wi-fi. The flashpacker commonly brings along: an international cell phone (blackberry, sidekick etc), mp3 player, chargers, and a digital camera with a sizeable memory card (typically with a lithium battery). Some extra items could be: navigation devices, compact video cameras, and lightweight laptops… though it should be noted that many hostels include internet access, and security is sometimes questionable (i.e. if you cannot carry your laptop, seriously consider bringing it).
Personal Style http://www.therapyclothing.com A common problem facing the young traveller is how to avoid the ‘backpacker’ stereotype. The grungy look often signals ‘vagrant’ to establishments, which hinders a travellers experience. Flashpacking is a practise separated from this long-held image. The flashpacker maintains their own style throughout their trip. Packing is an essential planning process. The flashpacker considers what clothes will have the most mileage in the most situations: fancy to casual. Pieces are selected with care and always adhere to the travellers own style, making them appear to locals as regular individuals…not obvious tourists. Care for personal style and ‘function’ is the second key consideration of the flashpacker…
Suggestions for Flashpacking <ul><li>plan to travel with a friend (always a safer idea) </li></ul><ul><li>bring your own padlock for hostel/budget hotel lockers </li></ul><ul><li>re-confirm flights, trains, and other bookings 24 hours before the set date </li></ul><ul><li>bring country-specific outlet converters for electronics chargers (laptop, ipod, cell phone, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>purchase a small map of the area and familiarise yourself with it before you go out </li></ul><ul><li>pack pieces of clothing that can be mixed and matched and don’t involve complicated washing </li></ul><ul><li>budget your money with room for occasional splurges </li></ul>