What is Backpacker? What is Flashpacker?
Hmm I googled these term and found the suitable definition:
Backpackers are independent travelers. Opting for low cost destinations and lodging in order to prolong their travel, these travelers prefer to experience a destination rather than see it. Flashpackers travel with the same approach, only now they have more money to spend.
Flashpacker is the new terms in travel. Description below can be use to define more about flashpacker:
Many flashpackers are actually just the growing number of ‘techno-travelers’ out there. They’ve got iPods and digital cameras. They’re traveling with their laptops. They want to blog and broadcast live video streams of their travel experiences, so they need free WiFi at their hostel.
I heard this term around November 2012, right when I planned for my Bali Trip. I don't want to categorize my way of travel in those categories. Some of my friends and me consider our travel way with terms "Travel ala Madame". Good facility, rental car, great menu in cool places, those things are in our list. You will get that if your travel combined with business travel. For the last 2 years, I managed to combined business and leisure in tight schedule.
Last year, I broke that routine. I planned a trip to Bali. Based on that trip, I found my way of travel:
So, what am I? Definitely not a backpacker, although sometimes I can be a backpacker. Flashpacker? Some of the definition fits me, especially in hotel part hehehe.
Then I found new term, impulsive traveler. The definition, more or less, is like below:
There are travelers who plan months ahead of time, draw up long lists of packing, scheduling, itineraries, do their research, make the bookings, and carry the right phone numbers. Then there are the impulsive travelers who do pick up a backpack and just get out there figuring out things on their way.
Well, my Bali Trip can be defined as impulsive travel. I decided to used my pre-book ticket and planned everything WITHOUT any specific dates or objectives, just the general itinerary. I didn't have any backup plan regarding hotel. I didn't book one. Then when suddenly I need to find a hotel to stay, I was lucky to found a place to stay within my budget. It was by LUCK!!! Not gonna do that again,,,
So, what kind of traveler am I??? My prognosis: FLASHPACKER IMPULSIVE TRAVELER!
I can't help it. I have characteristics from both hehehe. Please don't get me wrong. It doesn't mean I can't travel in backpacker style and with several plans. It's my mood that talks louder than my brain :)
Just an ordinary girl that living the extraordinary life with her extraordinary family and friends