Beyond backpacker tourism : mobilities and experiences by Kevin Hannam, Anya Diekmann

By Kevin Hannam, Anya Diekmann

Construction on earlier paintings on backpacking, this e-book takes the research of backpacker tourism additional by way of attractive either with new theoretical debates into tourism stories and mobilities in addition to with new empirical phenomena akin to the increase of the ‘flashpacker' and substitute locations. Chapters contain fabric on flashpacking, the virtualization of backpacker tradition, the re-conceptualisation of way of life guests, backpackers as volunteer travelers, in addition to backpackers' reports of hostels, mobilities and their coverage implications. It units a brand new benchmark for the learn of self reliant shuttle within the modern international.

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The finding concurred with that of Doorne and Ateljevic (2005: 191), who observed that younger travellers are viewed by the Beyond Backpacker Tourism 32 veterans as ‘inexperienced, commonly favouring ‘‘packaged’’ backpacker products which feature party culture and group activities’ and Welk’s (2005) description of the ‘anti-backpacker backpacker’. Avoidance of the term by older travellers could also be in response to the recent growth in popularity of 18 to 19-year-old ‘gap’ backpackers travelling between school and university.

Both Hampton’s (1998) study in Indonesia and Visser’s (2004) investigation of backpacker tourism in South Africa discerned that the nature of small-scale, locally owned tourism businesses may be seen as a form of ‘pro-poor’ tourism and can provide a useful component of local economic development strategies for poor communities. Their research concludes that the capital requirements for starting small-scale businesses aimed at backpackers are modest and therefore more accessible Flashpacking in Fiji 25 for local providers.

In this chapter, I have attempted to self-consciously ‘put myself back into the picture’. By doing this, I have found myself outside my comfort zone as an academic. I have experienced an intriguing tension created between the pull of trying to write this new story; and a pull the other way arising from my training and experience as a social scientist and of being immersed in the ways of being objective and in the need to remove myself from my writings and from the subject itself. In other words, unlike the more conventional papers that I normally write and publish, I have tried here to actively reflect on my own changing experience of the phenomenon of backpacker tourism, first as a backpacker myself in the days before the term really existed, through the 1990s boom in South-East Asia, to my return as an academic tourist studying backpackers.

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