The Glamourous Traveller’s Glossary
You’ve probably heard people try to identify who they are in terms of travel. “I’m a traveller, not a tourist” or “I’m a backpacker. Not one of those snobbish pretentious travel people”. But of course, the Travel world, much like the World itself, has continued to evolve, and with it, comes new travel terminologies as well. These are my selections relating close to the topic of this website.
Derived from the combination of Glamourous + Camping. This refers to those who are camping out, but camping out ‘in style’. Not the using a leaf for toilet paper and digging a hole in the ground to use as a toilet kind of traveller expect to see them in full safari style outfits from Michael Kors and drinking champagne from their amazing safari tent while pointing out “oh look! The elephant is drinking from our pond”
So I have to admit, at first I thought this referred to a flashy backpacker (like bling bling y’all), but then found out it refers to someone who is travelling with a lot of gadgets (re: a bit geeky), which in this day and age, could easily mean all of us. Expect to see them in the latest khaki clothing / travel outfits bulging with his iPhone, DSLR, external battery charging pack and/ or GPS. Also they could potentially end up being the guy who goes “hold on! I need to take a pic of this and Instagram it immediately!” followed by continuous message and follow up comments typing and missing out on the real travel re: look up and enjoy the sights dude.
Note: a second definition of flashpacker can be found here : http://www.vagabondish.com/i-wanna-be-a-flashpacker-when-backpackers-grow-up-or-get-rich/)
(no picture, coz ya’know, they’re supposed to look like a backpacker)
Poshpackers can be quite similar to backpackers, in the sense that they have all their things in a backpack and move around checking out different sites. The difference is that they tend to trade up on some things and not choose to “budget it out” all the way. These are the guys that would choose to take a cruise boat rather than a felucca (guilty!), fly sometimes rather than take a 20 hour bus ride, and occasionally breaks their long hostel trip with a luxury hotel room or two here and there. They walk amongst us and may be difficult to tell apart, except that their backpack might be three times the price of yours and you probably won’t catch them eating ramen/ maggi/ instant noodles to survive.
Derived from Gypsy + Jet Set, this is a term coined by Julia Chaplin that describes a new lifestyle that combines the care free ethos of a gypsy nomad with the sophistication of a Jet Setter. “Gypset is about an emerging group of artists, musicians, fashion designers, surfers, and bon vivants– who lead semi-nomadic, unconventional lives. They are people I’ve met–or been inspired by– in my travels who have perfected a high-low approach to life that fuses the freelance and nomadic wile of a gypsy with the sophistication and global references of the jet set. Its an alternative way of traveling and living that’s based more on creativity then money. Instead of a luxury hotel in St Tropez or St. Bart’s, you might find a Gypsetter in Montauk, Cornwall, or in a teepee in Ibiza.” (Source: gypset.com)
… and lastly, a term I am coining myself
A person who emphasizes and enjoys looking good when they travel. Personal styles may vary but what doesn’t change is the fact that all outfits are thought through. Expect them to never be caught dead in your ‘typical’ travel outfits (i.e. khaki pants, white shirts and sandals) and would definitely have a bit of color in their wardrobe. Destination, accommodation and transportation type doesn’t matter to them, they could be backpacking and you would never be the wiser because the minute they put down the bag they look just as polished as they would be back home.
Which kind of traveller would you say you are? Any other travel terms that you think would cover your choices of style and travel?