In 2014 managers from Bucharest hostels faced a new kind of traveller – the flashpacker.
Whereas backpacking is traditionally associated with budget travel and destinations that are relatively cheap, flashpacking has been defined simply as backpacking with a bigger budget.
What is sure is the flashpackers as a rapidly growing segment of travelers who adhere to a modest accommodation and meal budget, while spending freely, even excessively, for activities at their chosen destination.
For example, I knew that when I first set off on my worldwide adventures I thought I was going to act like a backpacker but to invest a little more money into private room accommodation and extra activities. I soon discovered that lately most backpackers seem to have the same approach in travelling.
So now I think that flashpacking is the new backpacking for guys over 30 J . More and more people seem to be waiting until they’re a little bit older before they experience the world, so flashpackers, or champagne backpackers, are now not so unusual.
This is what wikipedia says about backpackers.
“Backpacking is a term that has historically been used to denote a form of low-cost, independent international travel. Terms such as independent travel and/or budget travel are often used interchangeably with backpacking. The factors that traditionally differentiate backpacking from other forms of tourism include but are not limited to the following: use of public transport as a means of travel, preference of youth hostels to traditional hotels, length of the trip vs. conventional vacations, use of a backpack, an interest in meeting the locals as well as seeing the sights.”
It now seems like “backpackers” are in the minority and I say that because even the term flashpacker seems to have evolved recently. I now see flashpackers as those travelers who can’t even travel without their laptop, i-pod and various other bits of high-tech equipment. When I first went traveling very few people even traveled with a hairdryer so seeing all this electrical equipment being carried around still feels a bit odd to me.
As manager at Crazy Duck Hostel I’ve seen thousands of tourists from both areas. After I analyzed the 2014 market in Bucharest hostels I can definitely say that flashpackers are now more than backpackers. Everybody is looking after private rooms in hostels or at least after smaller sized dorms (with 4 or 6 beds instead of traditionally 12-20 beds ones) . This is the main reason why most of Bucharest hostels are now reconsidering their accommodation structure. Also for the new flash clientele everybody is preparing a new selection of fresh, interesting alternative tours even if there are a little bit more expensive than the traditional ones.
So, now Bucharest hostels are waiting for you , backpackers or flashpackers as well, with a new offer adapted for the 2015 travel requirements.