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

I would rather die

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

Quoting Utrecht

I would rather die

Okay friend, expects some people of mine to visit you soon

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

Hello? Remember me? I'm the one who brings this back on topic... Thanks! ;)

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

Quoting Isadora

Hello? Remember me? I'm the one who brings this back on topic... Thanks! ;)

sorry your highness:(

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

Sorry, also about the other one, I thought it was off topic thread;)

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

Quoting Utrecht

Sorry, also about the other one, I thought it was off topic thread;)

yes me too

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

Quoting Isadora

There's always this thread too...

isadora - i stated in another thread to wouterrr that in the uk and ireland a traveller is associated with one who you and i both would not want to associate with...check out http://www.nccri.ie/travellr.html to know who i talk about.

-snip-

[ Edit: Kept nice... ]

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

Quoting oslaue

Quoting Isadora

There's always this thread too...

isadora - i stated in another thread to wouterrr that in the uk and ireland a traveller is associated with one who you and i both would not want to associate with...check out http://www.nccri.ie/travellr.html to know who i talk about.

-snip-

I understood the comment in the other thread and your response has been left alone. The recent comments were of no value to the discussion and therefore deleted. Now that things are back on track in both threads, I will return this thread to it's originally scheduled topic.

19. Posted by mdancy (Full Member 104 posts) 9y

Tourist vs Backpacker

Well I say traveler. And the distinction I see is that a traveler makes her own way - stands in a pushy line to buy the tickets, haggles, gets hassled, everything gets all screwed up, but the traveler keeps on trekking. No tour groups for the traveler. Sure, once in a while a nice hotel, but generally you are on a budget because you want to go so many places and have to scrimp. We all go to the same tourist spots, but not in a group. We are free to meet and talk and get scammed by the locals. We see the sights from a different perspective and can hang about enjoying them for as long as we want – no schedule but our own. There is more of a sense of adventure and the unknown ahead if you are planning it as you go.

That’s just my take.

Now my question is – is there anything left to explore? Sure if it’s new to me, well then, it’s a new experience. But really, hasn’t everything been done and been seen? Isn’t that why we go further and further into a little known area, of say Laos, and mess it up with made-for-tourist restaurants, rowdy bars, and sanitized markets? Then call it roughing it?

Any opinions?

20. Posted by torrie07 (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Tourist vs Backpacker

I think that a backpacker is a form of tourist but there are various different types of 'tourist' within the broader definition (which is something simple like the fact that a toursist is someone who stays away from home for so many nights). Backpacker is one of these categories/types.

At one end of the tourist scale you have the mass tourist who goes on package holidays to an all inclusive resort where they lie in the sun, relax and often dont experience anything outside of the resort.
At the other end of the spectrum is the 'traveller' who wanders the world experiencing different cultures and generally getting involved in it. There are obviously other variations in between and i think Backpackers lie in between, nearest to the travellers. The original aim of the backpacker is to be a traveller but along the way they often get sidetracked by the affects of globalisation (i.e. McDonalds as one example) and cant quite be considered a traveller in the true sense of the word because they arent necessarily seeing the 'authentic'.