Flashpacking: Better than the rest?
Is flash packing real or is it a marketing ploy to raise the price of a backpackers? That's what often what I did wonder. I have found some backpackers also use the term as a kind of status symbol, to make it sound like its more than it is.
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Although of course there is nothing wrong with being a backpacker by itself this term is sometimes used among backpackers and accommodation providers alike.
Although there are good and bad hostels. I have stayed in places that had leaky roofs and where facilities were not always unto scratch. But there is always a rumour of some classy backpackers on the other side of town with a jacuzzi. You've probably seen or heard of the places, or walked past and been greeted by the sound of swimming pool pumps and that unmistakable smell of chlorine.
But if you just want a place to stay for the night then perhaps you need something more basic. I have stayed in a number of different places including hotels, motels while out on the road and the most basic hostel. My conclusion?
The best places I have been have actually been the cheaper ones. The small quirky hostel in some small beach town or that hideaway on the other side of the city. Because it has a great atmosphere and being a small business goes that extra mile to make backpackers feel welcome. Maybe even get to know the guests and learn about the countries they are from.