Screw the Backpacker Lifestyle I’ll Go Flashpacking

The pungent smell of old socks, stale air and halitosis in the air could only mean one thing: I had arrived in yet another way too big hostel dorm.

The only hope of a fresh breeze came from the dirty street above and a cellar room with four three-level bunk beds, one tiny sink and four occupied wall sockets was not the best place to start your London adventure from.

But that was so much better than to arrive the next day at a hostel that had shut down due to majorly subpar facilities and with the annoying flaw of failing to notify its booked and coming guests. That included me.
One thing was for sure. I was so over backpacking.

I was so over backpacking. Where's the joy in life if you have to save every penny and sleep in dodgy hostels? So I decided to try something new.

The Lows of My Backpacker Life

It’s not like I was ever the type for it anyway. Being anxious around, being a germaphobe and an all-round type A person aren’t advisable backpacking criteria. If the sorting hat would ever give travel advise on the side, the last thing on his leathery mind would be to shout out ‘backpacker’.

And in an ironic twist of fate I ended up backpacking for a year and collecting my imaginary backpacker stamps along the way: cooking alongside crawly bugs, wearing clothes that had been left behind, sleeping in beds underneath the air conditioner, using clogged up showers, … the list goes on.

Needless to say, a lot of it was very unpleasant. My number one priority was to keep my money together and keep on travelling. That approach certainly worked and my eight months in Australia were proof of that.

But does it have to be this way? I scream NO!

Moving on to a ‘Higher’ Form of Travel

Who was I kidding? I love the pretty and fine in life things.

In fact, after travelling a month through New Zealand in the shabbiest and oldest clothes I owned (that is, up to 10 years old!), when I set out to explore Melbourne I was instantly rendered helpless by the first shopping centre I saw. I call that failed city sightseeing.

I splurged on new clothes, an XXL froyo and ate my weight in pastries. (Ok, the last one is an exaggeration.) And I do not regret a thing.

You see, everyone is different and while my number one priority is to spend as little as possible and stick to a set budget, my inner diva wants to be spoiled rotten. So I realign my priorities and work with what I have.

If it means rather investing in a Railpass to travel Japan in the fabulous Shinkansen and eat all the colourful ice cream I can find (never try the miso flavour!) than to spend my time crammed in pink buses (to be fair, they had sleeping hoods and Nintendo consoles), then I will.

Included pools and cocktails? Sign me up.

But What is Flashpacking Anyway?

My trusted friend Oxford sadly has no definition at hand (but then again, he doesn’t get around much in the world), which means I have to swoop in and save us from embarrassment. A flashpacker is an independent traveller who preferably goes on their trips with a backpack instead of a big suitcase.

They bridge the gap between frugal backpacking and luxury travel by making the most out of their budget in a short time. They are not millionaires but are better off than your typical backpacker, are a lot of the times a little older but most importantly value comfort over saving.

Their idea of a travelling well is to invest more in the experience and enjoy life with good meals, a comfortable stay (private rooms instead of dorms) and occasionally invest into pricier activities.

On top of that, they tend to come well equipped with their gadgets, such as DSLRs, go pros, tablets and the latest smartphones. Connectivity and advance research are key factors for them.

Should You Give Flashpacking a Go?

But after hearing my story, maybe you ask yourself, what kind of traveller YOU are. And rightly so. It’s absolutely vital to know what you personally like in and expect from a trip so as to avoid disappointment.

There is no sadder thing than to do what everybody else has recommended and secretly wishing you had just enjoyed that massage by the pool or vice versa not going on that hiking trip because your travel buddy has a tendency to fill their luggage with vintage heels.

If you want to travel smart and not spend extravagant amounts of money on your next trip, if you rather take the reins of trip planning in your own hands but are alright with spending just a little more that get that once-in a lifetime experience out of it, then read on. Flashpacking might be the perfect thing for you!

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How Do You Get into Flashpacking?

I sat myself down and had a deep thought. How could I best share all the lessons I learned along the way and prevent you from making the budget mistakes that I did, because let’s face it sometimes deals do seem too good to be true.
How do you know where to find those deals and whether they are worth it or will leave a bad taste in your mouth?
No more backpacking, and no more overspending.

And so I created this little space on the web that focuses on giving you an exact step by step guide to becoming a Budget Buff and realising your travel dreams without going broke. Right now, it is at an all time low introductory price, which is not even as much as the regular baggage fee (which you will get rid of midcourse already).

That’s why I included heaps of tips and walkthroughs of things you might find straightforward, such as flight booking. I don’t assume anything. So whether you are a flight booking veteran or occasional searcher, there are certain steps and features you might be overlooking, I’ve got you covered.

So grab it now while you can and literally save hundreds of $$$!
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7 Comments

  1. I am so sad I missed your webinar this week! I had the replay open and silly me…didn’t actually watch it in time. D’oh! Flashpacking really does sound like the best of both worlds. Honestly (and I feel a little silly saying this) but terrifying bug stories from backpacking trips creep the bejeezus out of me! I am actually seeing if I can make a trip work budget-wise right now. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

    • Hi Amanda, ah that’s too bad. I would have loved seeing you there. There will be another webinar this Sunday at 1pm PST and I m hosting it together with my fellow travel blogger Alyssa Ramos from My Life’s a Movie. Maybe you can make it this time? There will be a replay, too. By the way, the budget tips from the webinar you missed will be in my online course.

      And yeah, flashpacking is really nice – especially if you have problems with bugs. In case you want to visit Australia, you might not have another choice , though, because there are loads (if you like a little horror story, here is one). But I don’t want to disccourage you, it’s still all good and will only make you stronger (it did for me). And I am glad I could inspire you. Let me know if you have any more questions.

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  3. This is really helpful! No matter how much I want to deny that I’m cool with hostels/No-AC type of rooms, I still dig a comfy trip. I do adjust on food, transpo and shopping though. Glad I stumbled on your website! :)

    • Hi Elaine! Thank you so much. I can totally relate. I mean who is fine with the shabbiest places just to save the dime especially if you are doing it for a long time? It’s just not fun and the longer you travel and/or older you get, the more you appreciate and crave comfort. I think it’s perfectly natural.

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