definition / flashpacker: someone who travels like a backpacker but with a bigger budget. we aren’t talking wall-street bonuses here, but flashpackers have enough to sleep well, eat out and spend some money on experiences backpackers skip. flashpackers are usually in their 20s and 30s, seeking adventure and new experiences, and have a bigger travel budget, usually from an established career. how they choose to spend their money varies slightly, but one thing is for certain – they maintain the backpacker’s travel mentality. (cited + more details: flashpacker HQ)
early on we realized that we didn’t relate to most of these and therefore weren’t true backpackers. sure, we’re carrying our belongings in a backpack and on a budget, but we also aren’t looking for the cheapest hostel dorm or walking an extra mile to save 50 cents at the cheapest street food vendor.
while chatting with an asian dude from boston who traveled the globe for six years before opening up a taco shop / hostel in koh tao, he said, “you guys are flashpackers, huh?” and that’s when we learned our true identity.
finally, we belong.