In addition to traditional backpacker gear, we’re also likely to be carrying a number of gadgets with us. Laptops and digital cameras are high on the list, and you can also bet we might have an iPod and cell-phone as well.
More and more people are carrying laptops or netbooks with them on the road, and the hostels are taking notice. Today, many hostels provide their guests with more than just a couple computers in the common room. They’ll often have WIFI and LAN cables as well.
Travel photography is also important to us. Instead of spending money on trinkets to take home, we’ll put money into a good camera and use it frequently on the trip because we know the memories are far more important.
An iPod is more useful now on the road than you might expect. Audio books or podcasts about our destination improve our experience there and music from back home helps reduce our level of homesickness or culture shock. If you’re lucky enough to have a smart phone, things get even better with the number of great travel apps out there. Don’t even get me started on the benefits of Google maps.
The evolution of backpacker into flashpacker isn’t going away. Flashpacking is here to stay, there’s no doubt about it. What do we want going forward?
We want all the pluses of the hostel experience. This means security for our gear and small, even solo, rooms while maintaining the valuable social experiences that take place. Needless to say, we would also like the costs to stay low.
We shy away from organized travel. We want a local guide, not a tour group. We want adventure and unique encounters, and we are willing pay for them.
Give us a trip to remember.