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

of course then we have to consider what mdancy is saying...is there any authentic left out there to explore??

I personally believe there is but backpackers often arent willing to take the time to find it. They are happy following the route mapped out by their lonely planet (which incidently is marketed as authentic even though it normally is anything but) and miss the true essense of the place.

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

Do you all think it matters what you class yourself as? i mean, do we have actualy have the option to say no im not that im this! surly the residence of the country we're in class us? Like Oslaue say's a traveler in Ireland & the UK mean's a completely different thing than say Asia?

you say potato.... rar rar rar!

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

Quoting milt1978

Do you all think it matters what you class yourself as?

No who cares about it. Why should we talk at all...

24. Posted by anglosurma (Respected Member 106 posts) 9y

There is a difference

ive been a tourist and a backpacker

tourist example:

plan flight, hotels, car hire etc
arrive in Ibiza stay in near by complex for 1 to 2 weeks
hotel as all the comforts of home
eat out most nights/days
try local food and drink
stay in local bars , get drunk and relax every day
spend 4 to £800 on this holiday
, go home on 7th or 14th day go back to work

Backpacker/traveller {out of your comfort zone}

your home and all you own is on your back
Book flight, only head out with no accomadation or pure plan on return home
stay in hostel tent or wooden shack, or on a hammock , bivi bag
eat and live on tight budget {noodles etc} in overcrowded hostels
meet more open minded people who sacrfice leaving home for long periods of time to live travel work and volunteer in other countries maybe study .
hitchhike

scrape every penny together to travel that little bit further
just some different comparasons

when i went backpacking i worked in several different places and really got a taste of working with the locals, there way of life and culture ,
backpacking is not about relaxing and letting your hair down getting drunk and stuffing your face for a week . its about motivating yourself every day to carry on the learning of new cultures lands forest animals etc , maybe to acheive something at the end of your 3 month or 12 month trip that will make you a better person, it will help you earn wisdom
tollerance
understanding etc
and open your mind

ive met people whove been all over the world city hopping , and from one spanish villa to another each year, this is not my idea of backpacking .

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

hello anglosurma. that is a perfect explanation. I fully agree. Very well said;)

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

so is there a name for someone who is a traveller and a tourist? someone that does both? pioneer?

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

Quoting oslaue

so is there a name for someone who is a traveller and a tourist? someone that does both? pioneer?

sextourist?

28. Posted by jekalo (Full Member 118 posts) 9y

I think that all backpackers are tourists but not all tourists are backpackers. Backpackers don't want or maybe just don't need the fluff that the tourists operating on the higher dollar end want and need in order to be happy. You start being something else when you run out of money or resources and have/get to work in the local culture in order to survive. Thats when you actualy begin to get a feel for what a country really is all about. Even as a backpacker in say, some african country, I am way better off than most of the population but if I have to do the same work for the same wages as a local and live in like housing for a while, then I have become more than a tourist. Some might say, yes, you have become a fool. Its the closest you can come to understanding what it is realy like to be something other than a tourist, foolish or no.

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