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