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Luxury vs. Backpacking Tourism
Transcript of Luxury vs. Backpacking Tourism
Snobby luxury vs. snobby backpacking
The idea that our way is better
spectrum that can be found on both sides of the stereotypes
Barriers of Backpacking
Is The Grass Always Greener?
Barriers of Traveling in Luxury
Unlikely to obtain genuine cultural competency
Experience may not have meaning (Introspection)
Lack of Empathy
Overwhelming number of resources
Who are luxury travelers?
Midcentrics, Near Phychocentrics, and Organized Mass Tourists.
Motives for Traveling Luxuriously
Highly facilitated experiences
Who Are Backpackers?
Drifters, Explorers, Allocentrics and Near-Allocentrics
Motives for Backpacking
Uniqueness, remoteness, and risk
Avoidance of major tourism establishments
Luxury Tourism Benefits
Self Actualization - Slower Pace
Responsible Travel Promotes Local Cultures
Luxury Travel VS. Backpacking
Primitive Ladies' Room
Guided Wildlife Tours
What is Luxury Tourism?
Traveling with the expectation for accommodations that go above and beyond the norm
What is Backpacking?
To travel or hike carrying one's belongings in a backpack.
“Climbing Everest is the ultimate in the opposite of [an adventure], because you get all these high-powered plastic surgeons and CEOs… They pay $80,000 and have Sherpas who put all the ladders in place and 8,000 feet of fixed rope. You get to a camp, and you don’t even have to lay out your sleeping bag. It’s already laid out with a little chocolate mint on top.
And the whole purpose of climbing something like Everest is to affect some sort of spiritual and physical gain. But if you compromise the process, you’re an asshole when you start out and you’re an asshole when you get back.”
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Types of Backpackers
Types of Luxury Travelers