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...
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?
CHECK OUT MY BLOG ON THE TOPIC (whoops, sorry for shouting) on - http://nomad-kiwi.travellerspoint.com/2/ -
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