If you are relatively well-heeled, well-educated, well-travelled & looking for a unique travel experience that is not necessarily luxurious – welcome to the club. You are officially a “Flashpacker” although you probably do not know it yet. To know more about this phenomenon click here. If you are still unsure whether you are a flashpacker, here is a quiz question to help you decide.
|The bus doesn’t turn up and you’re trapped in an unfamiliar town. Do you …|
|a) check your Lonely Planet guidebook to see if any local hostels will accept friendship bracelets as payment.|
|b) rant at your travel operator, then draw up a list of people to sue.|
|c) walk your Mastercard straight to the front desk of the nearest Hilton.|
If you chose answer “C”, it is a confirmation. If you still need more proof, you can take the entire quiz by clicking here.
This is particualrly interesting to me, since this is actually the way I have travelled over the last decade or so and have often struggled with trying to define it. In a world where globalisation is lifting huge masses of people to the prosperity of yuppie-dom, backpacking is giving way to flashpacking. Is this is the death-knell for Lonely Planet, the ultimate backpacker’s tool?