Beyond backpacker tourism : mobilities and experiences by Kevin Hannam, Anya Diekmann

By Kevin Hannam, Anya Diekmann

Development on prior paintings on backpacking, this booklet takes the research of backpacker tourism additional by means of enticing either with new theoretical debates into tourism reports and mobilities in addition to with new empirical phenomena similar to the increase of the ‘flashpacker' and replacement locations. Chapters comprise fabric on flashpacking, the virtualization of backpacker tradition, the re-conceptualisation of way of life travelers, backpackers as volunteer travelers, in addition to backpackers' studies of hostels, mobilities and their coverage implications. It units a brand new benchmark for the research of self reliant go back and forth within the modern international.

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Travel style Respondents were asked to define their travel style during their trip to Fiji. 1%). 0 backpacker. It is noteworthy that travellers are inclined to eschew rigid definitions of their travel style, as a significant number of respondents identified variously as tourist, traveller, backpacker or any combination of the three. 0%). This finding duplicates that of Richards and Wilson (2004b) and suggests that the term ‘backpacker’ may be obsolete for this segment of older travellers and that those who are travelling in the style of a backpacker are increasingly dismissing the phrase.

In this context, flashpackers could therefore be considered higher yielding backpackers who can have a significant economic impact on the development patterns of host destinations. 24 Beyond Backpacker Tourism Backpackers, Flashpackers and Sustainable Tourism Development From the mid-1990s onward, an increasing number of researchers have identified the benefits of backpacker tourism for the development of destinations despite limited support from host-destination governments. In his study on community tourism development in the Indonesian islands of Gilli Trawangan, Hampton (1998: 640) noted that backpackers are ‘at best tacitly ignored, or at worst actively discouraged in official tourism planning’.

They tend to associate more with the term ‘independent traveller’ rather than ‘backpacker’, but are cognizant of the ways in which their travel at different places and at diverse times is akin to what they understand to be that of a backpacker, independent traveller or tourist. 5% more per day than the average of all travellers. They are mainly professionals on a career break or extended holiday, who chiefly describe themselves as independent travellers with under one quarter (22%) self-defining as a backpacker.

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