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What makes one a "backpacker" ?

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31. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

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) 9y Star this if you like it!

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) 9y Star this if you like it!

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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