What is Flashpacking?

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When hearing the term ‘flashpacking’, most people’s first reaction is often “What the heck is flashpacking!?”

Flashpacking is a new term that’s sprung up recently that refers to a new breed of affluent travelers who like to use modern technology whilst retaining many of the core fundamentals of what traveling is all about.

As Wikipedia puts it: “Flashpacking is a neologism used to refer to an affluent backpacker. Whereas backpacking is traditionally associated with budget travel and destinations that are relatively cheap, flashpacking has an association of more disposable income while traveling and has been defined simply as backpacking with a bigger budget”.

For example, flashpackers still like to stay in hostels (just like ‘normal’ travelers) as opposed to fancy hotel rooms, but instead of staying in dorm rooms they tend to book single rooms (or double rooms with their friends).

FlashpackingAlso, they’ll often eat out at restaurants (because they can afford to) as opposed to saving money by cooking in the communal kitchen area found in most hostels.

Flashpackers are very tech-savvy, and will often bring a laptop, an iPod, a digital camera and a smartphone with them as they travel.

Flashpackers enjoy the independence and freedom of traveling, and try to steer clear of fixed schedules.

As modern technology has become more portable and affordable, travelers have found ways to incorporate it into their lives, and as such the flashpacker has risen to prominence.

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