What is a Flashpacker? 10 Traits That Separate Flashpackers From Backpackers

As promised, listed here are what I see as among the defining parts of flashpacking. (Please excuse the HUGE generalizations. It’s all in enjoyable!) These generalizations come from my studying expertise and about 10 flashpackers I’ve met in SE Asia thus far (which is to say I do not know too many, so I’m to listen to from extra of you!). Most flashpackers I’ve are available contact with has been by way of the blogosphere.

1. Flashpackers are NOT a sub-set of backpackers. Backpackers being outlined right here as those that journey on a strict budgets, use backpacks, and like touring experiences over touring experiences (a distinction that is like the issue of evil dialogue in philosophy, combine two beers and you may go at all of it night time lengthy). In my expertise, the totally different attunements to cash make the 2 basically several types of vacationers. Flashpackers will, for instance, keep in a tremendous price range resort, however splurge on the well-known restaurant on the town. Therefore the basic credo of the backpacker may be to hunt out price range experiences which might be “domestically genuine” (in the most effective circumstances), whereas the credo of the flashpacker can be to hunt out excessive worth experiences which might be personally fascinating.

2. Flashpackers have cellular earnings or extra price range then they might anticipate to spend throughout their allotted journey time. This is maybe essentially the most vital difference-flashpackers have been outlined earlier than as merely backpackers with cash, and the cash aspect is what is typically the driving the important thing variations between flashpackers and their backpacking counterparts.

3. Flashpackers hunt down excessive worth experiences and providers. Whereas a vacationer would possibly search excessive comfort, or extremely clear expertise (comprehensible or pre-arranged) and the backpacker seeks price range experience-whatever is cheaper. Flashpackers search a excessive worth for his or her {dollars}. Yesterday I shared half-hour of my morning stroll with a backpacker (simply off the bus with two enormous luggage, should have been over 50 lbs of stuff, this appears to be concerning the common for backpackers) on the SE Asia circuit in search of a resort room-she should have spent an additional 2 hours making an attempt to avoid wasting 2 {dollars} (or 1 pound for her) on lodging. The flashpacker, with a extra versatile price range, would have traded 1 greenback for two additional hours of exploration. The flashpacker may even keep at a luxurious resort if it is a good worth and an fascinating experience-whereas backpackers would possibly eschew this expertise as in-authentic.

4. Flashpackers have enterprise or profession expertise. In basic, this appears true. Two issues appear to fall out from this-most flashpackers I’ve meet are trolling up a million enterprise concepts, international lands are a great place to cross fertilize enterprise concepts and create excessive worth outcomes and partnerships. Also, flashpackers are usually extra expert negotiators-backpackers will trudge round city all day trying to save a dollar-a flashpackers will discover ways to save 25% off their resort through the use of the fitting technique.

5. Flashpackers are extra skilled. Most flashpackers are former backpackers who caught the bug, turned it into a science, and managed to create a way of life out of fixed touring. A normal mould for flashpackers is primarily former backpackers who now have some cash.

6. Flashpackers carry 50 {dollars} as an alternative of fifty kilos (of baggage). Two days from now I get on a aircraft to fly to Hanoi, the place the winter season is beginning. My first order of enterprise can be to get a heat jacket and hat.

7. Flashpackers are involved concerning the time worth of their cash. Because they’ve extra freedom with their price range, flashpackers usually tend to hire vehicles or use price range airways than take extra time consuming journey choices.

8. Flashpackers are sometimes on profession breaks. If they have not but managed to have cellular streams of earnings by way of corporations, many flashpackers reside off of a good quantity of financial savings and have a tendency to have a minimum of some small belongings.

9. Flashpackers journey with toys. Laptop, telephone, MP3 participant, video digicam, SLR digicam, you identify it. Flashpackers are digitized and linked to the world.

10. Flashpackers are FAST and FLEXIBLE– a as a rule, LIGHT. (*10*) flexibility with price range, and effectivity with digital communications, permits them to make use of “GIT” or “get it there” methods to maintain their packs gentle and environment friendly. If the common pack weight for a backpacker is 40-50lbs, flashpackers are would common about 20lbs.

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