What Sort of Backpacker Are You?

What kind of backpacker are you?Up to date: 4/8/2019 | Initially Posted: 07/29/2009

Word: A lot has modified since I initially wrote this publish 10 years in the past (additionally, isn’t it loopy that I’ve been running a blog for thus lengthy?) that I assumed that this humorous little article wanted an replace. The Flashpacker is lengthy gone. The Digital Nomad has risen. Others have remained the identical.

I redid this complete publish on the curious species that’s the backpacker after having embedded myself of their tradition and discovered their curious methods.


You all the time hear about the excellence between vacationers and backpackers, however even amongst backpackers, we like to group one another into classes by who’s the “higher” traveler. Examine into any hostel, and you will discover quite a lot of vacationers carrying their distinctive tribal gear and other people going “Yeah, that man over there? Positively the partier.”

So who’re the backpackers? What sort of varieties have I recognized within the hostel jungle? After years of analysis, many!

Listed below are a number of the extra frequent species of backpackers that may be present in a hostel’s jungle:

The Religious Traveler

spiritual traveler
Often white, Western, and generally younger (although there are lots nonetheless trapped in 1969), vacationers spiritus have come to search out themselves. Exploring native religions and customs, they spend their time studying books on Buddhism, Kabbalah, or yoga and speaking about how related life is. They’ve completed ayahuasca in South America. They’ve completed yoga in Bali and simply “looooooove” Tulum.

Jaded by the materialism of their homeland, they’ve come to reconnect with the world, discover inside peace, and study some tantra among the many vacationer facilities of India, the hill tribes of Asia, or the shamans of the world. Vacationers spiritus forgo materials possessions, aside from a pc, which they use to weblog in regards to the wholesome snacks they’re consuming and inform folks how a lot freer they’re now that they’ve been to 6 retreats in Bali and went on a juice cleanse.

These backpackers are normally present in South America, India, and Southeast Asia.

The Hippie

Hippie traveler
Not eager to be held down by the person, the hippie will be discovered carrying fisherman pants, dreadlocks, and plenty of necklaces, and has a definite “I haven’t showered in two days” scent. This species of traveler is usually thumbing a well-worn e book on social justice.

Hippie vacationers use native transportation, eat native meals, and discuss cultural imperialism whereas watching the most recent Hollywood motion pictures on their Macbook and begging for cash to get to the following place. They normally keep away from most vacationer locations as a result of “they’re too industrial, man.”

Principally present in India or different creating international locations (as a result of they will’t afford anyplace else).

The Hole Yearer

The gap yearer
Traveler gap-yearius is normally college-aged, English, Kiwi, or Aussie. This backpacking species tends to be touring for precisely one yr proper earlier than or after college. They comply with the primary round-the-world ticket route, spending most of their time in Southeast Asia, New Zealand, and Australia.

Hole-year vacationers wish to occasion loads, see the primary points of interest, sleep in dorms, and have a tendency to stay to the crushed path. They’re out to have a great time, meet different vacationers, and are available residence with a couple of good tales earlier than they begin their profession.

They are often discovered wherever a round-the-world ticket will take them.

The Partier

Party travelers
Sporting sun shades, shorts, flip-flops, and a Lao beer T-shirt, vacationers partyoholic spend most of their time getting drunk in every nation. Most of their day is spent nursing the hangover from final night time whereas avoiding loud and well-lit areas. You’ll most likely see them nonetheless in mattress whenever you verify in at 2pm. However they’re the primary one on the bar every night time. Very loud, these nocturnal creatures bounce from one occasion vacation spot to the opposite.

Principally present in “occasion locations” like Amsterdam, Thailand, Barcelona, and Prague.

The Couple

a couple taking a selfie
The backpacking couple spends most of their time sightseeing, touring, and doing actions. They keep away from many of the backpacker ghettos and events and have a tendency to gravitate towards different {couples} or older vacationers. The youthful model typically goes the other route and tends to occasion loads whereas breaking apart about ten occasions on the street.

They’re discovered worldwide.

The Higher Traveler

the better traveler
Whereas sipping on a drink in a hostel, this traveler will let you know how insincere and hypocritical all different vacationers are and the way they are surely simply vacationers and never looking for the “native tradition.” He’ll talk about his expertise taking native transportation, and that one time he spent residing in a village for in the future. He waxes on in regards to the demise of native cultures, globalization, and the way he’s actually on the market touring to be a part of the world and never power his tradition down different folks’s throats.

This species is discovered being hypocritical in hostels everywhere in the world.

The “Keep in mind When” Backpacker

the better traveler
Traveler living-in-the-pastus has been touring a very long time (and normally to the identical locations). He’ll let you know all about how he remembers when the Full Moon Celebration was once good and the way Laos is just too found now.

He’ll discuss how Ios was once quiet and nobody had heard of Queenstown. He’ll describe the time when he was the one particular person in Costa Rica or crusing the Amazon. When requested why he’s nonetheless right here if he hates it a lot, he’ll shortly change the subject.

This miserable species will be present in the identical locations he says are ruined now.

The Digital Nomad

flashpacker travel
Traveler flashpackosaurus has advanced into a brand new species known as digital nomadosaurus. These creatures work on-line to afford their travels, typically clustering with others of their species in spots like Bali, Chiang Mai, or Medellín.

Carrying laptops, cameras, video cameras, and iPads, they spend a lot of their time behind their laptop touting their free life-style and/or current startup whereas typically by no means seeing a lot of the vacation spot they’re at. Their first query is all the time in regards to the Wi-Fi.

They’re discovered behind their laptop, speaking into their telephone, and wherever there’s good web entry and an affordable value of residing.


Life in a hostel on the backpacker path positive is attention-grabbing. There’s loads of variety on the market within the hostel jungle!

To additional examine the habits of those fabulously attention-grabbing creatures, I shall proceed to journey the world and keep in hostels.

Ya know, for science!

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