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"THE PEOPLE YOU ALWAYS MEET WHEN BACKPACKING" 

 

Date Range: 10/10/2004 To 10/10/2004   Comments: 1   Views: 12,083
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Different people travel for different reasons and have different aims and ambitions. Spend a couple of weeks in any backpacker hostel and you can guarantee you will meet all of the people listed below.

THE PARTY ANIMAL
Drinks all night, sleeps a lot of the day and sees little of the place they are at in between. Can be any age but most of them are first time travelers/gap year students.

THE FIRST TIME TRAVELER
Follows a highly predictable route which makes every conversation with them feel like you are talking to the same person each time. Easily identified by the size of their backpack!!!! Most of them fit into the party animal outlined above.

THE LONG TERMER
A person who is working or studying in that area and has been in that same hostel for months. A great source of information......

THE SIGHTSEER
Has to visit every tourist attraction listed in their guidebook, often leaves the hostel early in the morning not to return until late in the evening. Easy to spot as they usually book a tour before they have even checked into their room. Often falls out with people on the opposite sleep pattern to themselves such as "the party animal" (above)

THE PASSPORT STAMP COLLECTOR
A person who is on a long trip but is trying to cram in as many countries as they can (30 or more in a year). Will never spend more than 48 hours in one place even if it has a weeks worth of things to see and do. Will probably get three quarters of the way through their trip and suddenly figure out that all they have seen is the insides of airports, ferries, bus terminals etc........

THE INDEPTH TRAVELER
Opposite to the passport stamp collector, spends a long time exploring every aspect of one country.

THE SINGLE PURPOSE TRAVELER
Travels to pursue one single activity such as surfing, scuba diving, rock climbing etc. As a result they usually have only one topic of conversation and if you are not into that subject they quickly bore the hell out of you. 

THE RICH KID
Mum and dad have paid for his trip, he obviously has never done a real days work in his life but can afford to hire cars, go skydiving and a lengthy list of other non budget activities. The kind of person you would like to punch very hard!!!!!!!!!

THE ULTRA LOW BUDGET TRAVELER
Lives on instant noodles, haggles over the cost of everything, and if there's something going free they know about it. Not so much seeing the world as on an exercise to try and exist in a foreign land on as little money as they can.

THE HIPPY
Dreadlocks, bare feet, smells and had no camera, e-mail or any other kind of technology. They will often carry a guitar.

THE RUNAWAY
Has just gone through some big horrible event in their lives such as death of a close relative, divorce, being in a car crash etc. Escaping to the other side of the world makes them feel a lot better.

THE OLDER TRAVELER
They woke up one morning and figured out that they had enough of the 9-5 rat race. Will often be on a long trip on a big budget.



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May 2009
Klarity Belle said:
posted on May 05, 2010
Great Observations

I've travelled through a few of those categories myself over the last 25 years.  Your witty descriptions brought back many memories and smells of my days/nights spent in various backpackers over the years.  Now I am aiming for 2 categories rolled into one "The single purpose older traveller"  - it is my dream once my kids have flown the coop - to live out my retirement years in the alps (not in a backpackers though!)