“Flashpacking” is a neologism used to refer to affluent backpacker. Whereas backpacking is traditionally associated with budget travel and destinations that are relatively more affordable, flashpacking has an association of more disposable income while traveling and has been defined simply as backpacking with a bigger budget. One school of thought defines the flashpacker as a segment of travelers who adhere to a budget (in my case, zero shopping budget!), while spending freely, even excessively, for activities at their chosen destination (source: “Flashpacker or Backpacker? What type of traveler are you?” by Kate Cooper, http://www.nomadsworld.com).
And I guess this is pretty accurate as applied in my personal travels, when I would be strict on my food and shopping budget, but would spend freely, and in fact did spend excessively, when I availed of video coverage on the series of death-defying jumps in my previous travels (I will definitely write a separate post about these adventures!).
Initially, I had the impression that I was a backpacker.
However, I soon discovered that because of my age and the short “career breaks” that I would spend for my travels, then I guess I belong more on the other segment. Let me put it this way, I see backpackers more as the younger and more active travelers, whereas a flashpacker in me had to wait a little bit more time until I’ve earned a bit of money to being able to travel. I speak for myself!
But hey, whether you’re a backpacker or a flashpacker, they do share these similarities – the use of the good ‘ole backpack during international independent travels and have the opportunity to do once in a lifetime activities – now that’s what matters!
My yearly “flashpacking” officially started in 2007 when I resigned from the Securities and Exchange Commission. I embarked on a career in private law practice by day and teaching in law school by night. It was during Christmas breaks when I had the perfect time to do some solo travelings abroad.
To date, my travel “portfolio” via “flashpacking” includes:
- 2007 (London & Scotland – Edinburgh and The Highlands)
- 2008 (Macau)
- 2009 (Japan – Tokyo, Hakone & Kyoto)
- 2010 (Netherlands – Amsterdam; Belgium – Brussels; France – Paris; Spain – Barcelona; Italy – Milan, Venice and Rome; The Vatican; Austria – Vienna; and Switzerland – Interlaken)
- 2011 (Singapore – Singapore; Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur; Thailand – Bangkok; New Zealand – Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Rotorua, Queenstown)
- 2012 (South Africa – Johannesburg and Capetown; Zambia – Livingstone)
- 2013 (London; Dubai; Brazil – Rio De Janeiro)
- 2014 (USA – Los Angeles, California)
- 2015 (London)
- 2016 (Maldives – Baa Atoll, South Male Atoll and Hulhumale)
- 2017 (High Seas – Star Cruise Virgo)
- 2017 (Iceland)
- 2018 (Finland – Helsinki, Rovaniemi, Saariselka)
- 2018 (London)
Thanks to my ever dependable BLUE BACKPACK!!! 😎😎😎