OK! Here’s the thing, I was so uncomfortable with the word, I mean.. who wouldn’t right?! Flashpacking, I kept visualizing man in overcoat flashing his
Basically most of us now travel with ton of tech gadget, me too and I ain’t gonna lie. All gadgets combined probably weight 1kg at least… You don’t believe me? Check out for yourself (this doesn’t apply for super duper light travelers), basic minimal will be digital camera (compact or DSLR), spare batteries + cable (we have to be selfish here, I need to make sure battery is sufficient or I lose pic moment), SD cards (we can’t travel with just 4 or 8 GB right), then there’s the notebook + cable (fine! we can always use those public PC at hostels/guesthouses, but not as convenient as our own), iPod + cable (you need to have an iPod, else you will be bored to death on loooooong journey), PSP/NDS (little game won’t hurt) and last but not least HANDPHONE + CABLE. Wouldn't this make up to minimum 1kg of your luggage weight?? Thus WE ALL do seem flashier then the average “backpacker” or what we perceive of a backpacker.
And the above is excluding the fact that people like me don’t travel with backpack and preferred to be a trolley dolly traveler with lower budget BUT more gadget AND prefer good place to unwind… wow! I guess I fit the bill right in – FLASHPACKER (minus the overcoat “flashiness” AHHAHAH). Am sure more of you are like me…. As we do want some comfort and staying in a hotel will be too costly.
Not only this, you’ll also notice that now, most hostels comes with dorm and twin sharing or even twin sharing ensuite/attach bathroom (normally I choose this as it’s more convenient for us ladies). Some even comes with pool, diners, parking etc etc (base on my experience in Australia, New Zealand,, Indonesia, Thailand to name a few).
Casablanca, Morocco Low Budget Hotel
Noah's Ark Backpacker; South Island, New Zealand
City Backpackers; Brisbane, Australia
City Backapackers' facilities.
City Backpackers' Pool
Romania's Prince Park Residence in Bucharest
Prince Park Residence comes with kitchenette & huge patio
Baan Lotus in Ayuthayya, Thailand comes with pond, pets, courtyard etc
Soooo…. Which one are you? Pure backpacker? Or Flashpacker like me?