What is a Flashpacker?
There’s no specific definition for the term flashpacker online. It’s a neologism that refers to a more affluent breed of backpacker who travels on a similar trail to the backpacker but does it with more cash in their pocket and expects a little luxury on the road. Here’s my definition:
-noun, -s, One who travels with the intrepid ethos of a backpacker but having added comfort, style and technology whilst still maintaining a sense of exploration and adventure.
Basically what it means to us is this; we want to travel to all the usual backpacker haunts and beyond, have fun and adventure, but at the same time we have the cash that means we would pick a one hour flight for $100 instead of a 12-hour chicken bus. We can’t afford, and don’t always want, to stay in large 4-star hotels but we’re happy to spend a few extra dollars a night to get an air-conditioned room with a hot shower and TV in a nice hotel or guesthouse with a pool. We’ll take the occasional splurge at that 4-star hotel but we certainly won’t be paying full price. If there’s a great deal to be found, that provides a little extra luxury, we’re onto it. Combining this with the fact that we’re semi-nomadic and a family means we’ll often find an apartment and spend longer in one place than the average tourist on a holiday. We have the element of time which can actually save you a lot of money – a week in a hotel can cost about the same as a month in an apartment.