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I am a 3rd year student studying International Travel and Tourism Management and for my dissertation, it is about backpackers and their motivations for travelling. I will be posting up a questionnaire and would really appreciate if you could give me your views to help with my research.

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Without even seeing your questionnaire I'll bet you're talking about European "backpacking" which isn't remotely similar to US backpacking.

How do I know you're in the wrong place? Because this site gets about 2 posts per month from Europe asking exactly the same things pretty in much the same question form.


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Hi

I am doing backpacking internationally its not just in Europe.
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The kind of backpacking people here do is where you hike into the wilderness and camp (overnight or several days), carrying everything (tent, sleeping bag, food, etc) on your back.

Is that what you're interested in, or is it more what Europeans think of as backpacking: traveling by foot,, train, etc, staying in hotels or hostels, etc.?
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European type "backpackers" are called "homeless people" in the United States.
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Don't worry I have obviously offended you all so I shall get my research else where.
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Rochelle, Rochelle, It's aLong Way to Minsk:
Don't be so sensitive. But Lonewolf and CWeston are absolutely correct. There's a difference between American "Backpacking" and European "Backpacking".
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I am doing backpacking internationally its not just in Europe.

The "European" vs "American" isn't about the location/destination, it's about style/method.  Sort of like how the word "football" is interpreted in Europe vs the U.S.
If you're studying tourism, it's probably worth taking the time to understand the difference.

I think "trekking" is a closer word to American-style backpacking.  We don't really have a comparable word for European-style backpacking, mostly because public transportation for travel-purposes isn't a cheap or convenient method here.  The closest thing we have is the "road trip".


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This is the definition of what backpacking is
A definition of backpacker tourists is, predominantly young self organised tourists who go on long multi destination journeys and have flexible itineraries. They are characterised by people who want to experience the local lifestyle, meet new people and whose recreational activities are likely to be based around culture, nature and adventure.

Is this different from the American definition?
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Rochelle, Rochelle, It's aLong Way to Minsk:
Don't be so sensitive. But Lonewolf and CWeston are absolutely correct. There's a difference between American "Backpacking" and European "Backpacking".
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Its more like your the one being sensitive over the term backpacking.
All I came here for was to ask if you would be willing to help with my research but obviously I came to the wrong place to get help.
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This is the definition of what backpacking is
A definition of backpacker tourists is, predominantly young self organised tourists who go on long multi destination journeys and have flexible itineraries. They are characterised by people who want to experience the local lifestyle, meet new people and whose recreational activities are likely to be based around culture, nature and adventure.

Is this different from the American definition?

Yes, completely different. Which is why, even in your definition, they felt the need to append the qualifier "tourists" to the word "backpacker". This site is focused on wilderness backpackers: people who go out into undeveloped backcountry for multiple days without support other than what they carry with them. As was mentioned in cweston's post above. http://forums.backpacker.com/cgi-bin....2384076

Plan "B"? If the site admin allows, post the survey. Like with anything else, tennis, lawn bowling, whatever, there's some probability there may be some people who visit the site that also tour in the manner you're interested in researching. So you'd get answers from them anyway.
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Is this different from the American definition?

All equipment, including food and clothing is packed in a backpack which is then carried by foot into wilderness and/or remote places on rough trails and sometimes no trails at all.
Food is prepared on a 1 burner stove or maybe over an open fire.
Sleeping is usually on the ground in a tent or maybe out in the open or in a hammock.
Wild animals such as bears, wolves and mountain lions are not in cages or behind bars but small critters like mice actually do more damage to gear.
Storms are weathered either in the tent or out in the open wearing protective rain gear.
Quite often other people will not be seen for several days. Those like me go out solo (alone) and try to avoid others.

There are no cafes to eat in or public transportation to travel on or hostels/inns to sleep in. Taking a bath usually means jumping in an ice cold stream.


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This is the definition of what backpacking is
A definition of backpacker tourists is, predominantly young self organised tourists who go on long multi destination journeys and have flexible itineraries. They are characterised by people who want to experience the local lifestyle, meet new people and whose recreational activities are likely to be based around culture, nature and adventure.

Is this different from the American definition?

That definition would be the American definition of "European-style backpacking."   When we say "backpacking", without any qualifiers, we usually mean wilderness or backcountry backpacking.  

Sometimes, the type is understood by context, like when someone says "backpacking through Europe"; most of us would understand that to mean European-style backpacking.

If you want a discussion on *your* definition of backpacking with an American audience, I would recommend using the term "European-style backpacking" or maybe "backpacking tourism".

This forum is part of 'Backpacker' magazine website.  If you go to the website's home page and browse around, I think it will be much clearer what the focus is and why everyone is telling you that you're not in the right place for the information you're looking for.  Frankly, if you're doing "research", I would think you'd have done this first.  Imo, accusing people of not being helpful when you've chosen the wrong audience is going to make your research process an arduous one.  JMO.


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It is interesting to see how great the cultural gulf is between North American backpacking and European backpacking.

The words don't seem to be capable of communicating the difference, it is just too foreign for international students to perceive or visualize what some crazy Americans do, venturing out into the wilderness on our own, with self contained gear and food.

And, it is not just Rochelle, we have seen this time after time, they can't seem to wrap their mind around the wilderness and independent exploring of the wilderness, versus walking tours with hostels, cafes and public transportation available.

A good lesson in how difficult it is to communicate new and different ideas, even to intelligent and inquisitive people who are looking for information!

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