Prior to my departure from New York, numerous people asked me if I would be backpacking through Asia. My response: not quite. At the time, I really didn’t have a proper term to describe what I was doing as I wasn’t a budget backpacker nor was I luxury traveler.
At the Red Bridge Cooking school in Hoi An, Vietnam, I spent the day with four Aussies. We travelled to Tra Que Village to see where local herbs are grown, spent hours cooking, eating and swimming together and then shared a boat back to Hoi An. Along the way we swapped stories about traveling and interrupted each other to make culture comparisons. At one point, the two girls from Perth described their Asian journey so far as “Flashpackers.” Immediately, I asked for a definition. They explained that they were traveling/backpacking on a budget with a little flash (or luxury) here and there.
I found the term to be quite fitting. I indeed am a Flashpacker.