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1. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

what is the real differences between a backpacker and a tourist?

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i am reading about people in these forums comparing the two,
in some instances i can identify rivarly between the two, well they portray this.

i personally dont think there is any real or significance between the two....if there is any then one travels for a much longer period of time to another, a tourist may only resort to travelling around one country and a backpacker to tour a host of countrys.
one will probably stay in hotels, b&bs, guest houses - thats the tourist and the backpacker will normally tend to stay at cheap accommodation such as hostels.

i honestly prefer the tourist type than the backpacker type because from my own experience of staying in hostels in the usa i met backpackers who just wanted to shaft people because they are living on very very tight budgets, they also have no respect for others and are normally between the age of 17-27 who dont know the difference between right and wrong.

what am i classified as? i do all of the above, short and long stints. i sometimes stay in hostels to meet people when it suits me and sometimes posh hotels when i just want to be looked after,
i visit lots of countrys, working in jobs of my profession eg consulting in IT, so no micky mouse jobs. i work and travel. i really cant see the difference.

i have a guide book for countrys were i spend lots of time in, sometimes i have this to see that i havent missed anything by exploring on my own, sometimes i have this because my time is limited so i want to see the best things within a short stint of time until my next flight...

please is there a difference? we are all tourists in this form....i would imagine that there is more people in in this form that are actually tourists than backpackers. if i take 3 months of work and travel, does that make me a tourist or a backpacker?

its all the same to me!!!, we are all interested in meeting people, seeing a country, culture, food, drink, to enjoy ourselves....etc etc...

later,
Olaf

2. Posted by milt1978 (Budding Member 32 posts) 9y

This is deep are you ok?

To me its what you class yourself as!!!! traditionally a "backpacker" trudged around with huge rucksacks with pans hanging off them sporting the latest in walking boots.... nower days i think people class them selves as back packers if they want to see the real country and not the perceived image, don’t get me wrong they both will probably see the same things and eat the same food but its what you do with your time there that makes a trip and not what you are pigeonholed as.

Be what you want to be, you only live once!

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 7, 2007, at 9:20 AM by milt1978 ]

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=28714

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=25317

4. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

thanks bentivogli...i read the threads...i learned a bit and looked at the link that were connected to those threads...there still uncertainty over the whole thing on what is what, also the difference of staying in a hostel and hotel...etc...i think its good to do both...and not just focus on one.

i am convinced that one cannot compare the two...its a mix bag!

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

There's always this thread too...

6. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Oslaue buddy. You are a lazy member, isn't it bentivogel. But like I said in another thread. When I think about tourists I think about fat people with t-shirts, white socks, sandals and big camera on big belly.....

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

This is so hard for me....would I say it....no....yes....no.....yes....I agree with Olaf....o, there I said it....sorry

8. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

This is so hard for me....would I say it....no....yes....no.....yes....I agree with Olaf....o, there I said it....sorry

criminal!

9. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting Wﺭﺍﺪﻤﺎﮐﺭ

Quoting Utrecht

This is so hard for me....would I say it....no....yes....no.....yes....I agree with Olaf....o, there I said it....sorry

criminal!

What's my punishment?

10. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

No travelling for you in the next 20 years, Michael

KICK THE HABIT

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 7, 2007, at 12:33 PM by Wﺭﺍﺪﻤﺎﮐﺭ ]