Backpacker Tourism: Concepts and Profiles (Tourism and by Kevin Hannam, Irena Ateljevic

By Kevin Hannam, Irena Ateljevic

Backpacker tourism has shifted from the margins of the go back and forth into the mainstream. Backpacker Tourism: options and profiles explores the present country of the foreign backpacker phenomenon, drawing jointly diverse disciplinary views on its which means, impression and importance. hyperlinks are drawn among conceptual matters and case experiences, environment backpacking in its wider social, cultural and monetary context.

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It is not an accident that the service centres of national parks and nature reserves have often been arranged like parks or gardens, instead of allowing a close approach to the wilderness. In such cropped, savanna-like environments a person is able to observe his or her surroundings more efficiently (cf. Gobster, 1994). Wild beasts will not surprise him or her there, just like touts or other undesirables will not bother him or her behind the gates of a museum or other metaspatial retreats. The traveller arriving in these locations is immediately rewarded by an environment specifically constructed to enhance the desired perception of control.

Tourists are particularly vulnerable to stress in intercultural situations, when they voluntarily expose themselves to a plenitude of new information. A backpacker travelling in South Asia may periodically become overwhelmed by the local people and their customs, and seek temporal refuge from the company of other travellers. Similarly, an ‘adventurist’ wandering in a foreign city may get tired of the streets Á orientation, hitand-miss communication and the walking itself Á and decide to return to the cosy and familiar setting of his resort cafeteria (cf.

However, the ability of the enclave to concentrate the backpackers also turns them into an economic resource and a spectacle for the locals. The issue of control is therefore far from clear, as the backpackers not only become an economic resource to be exploited by locals, but eventually they may also be subject to local consumption, as enclaves become leisure areas for locals and backpackers alike. The enclave therefore becomes a tool for mediating cultures, so that ‘culture confusion’ is avoided from both sides, while true reversal is also prevented by the constructed familiarity of the enclave.

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