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What makes one a "backpacker" ?

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31. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 7y

so many labels! ive never considered myself a backpacker, cos in the 2 years i lived in the netherlands, i had a job and a house, and went away for weekends or +/-2 months. but when i went away on those trips i was doing it on the cheap, with a backpack, staying in backpackers. but i never really thought of myself as being a backpacker, i was travelling.

i think a better distinction should be drawn between traveller and tourist. backpacking is a way of travelling, but if were talking about the TYPES of traveller, then its a different story...

32. Posted by Chantelli (Budding Member 21 posts) 7y

Quoting Utrecht

I like a quote of Paul Theroux: "a tourist doesn't know where he/she has been, a traveler (use backpacker if you like) doesn't know where he/she is heading for".

Reminded me of another quote -

"A traveller sees what he sees, a tourist sees what he came to see."

Seems to sum up most of this little debate...

Also came across this little blurb:

"The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes "sight-seeing.""

Does this throw a spanner in the works of our definitions?

33. Posted by nomad kiwi (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

CHECK OUT MY BLOG ON THE TOPIC (whoops, sorry for shouting) on - -

Many of us are all such travel snobs huh? However I hate to be put in a box in any area of my life so like being a 'kiwi' or a "Canadian' or an Italian, these are all just parts of who we are and how we travel is part of that.

kia ora from down under, kiwitravelwriter

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