Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Cheap Hostels in London -The concept of backpacker travel

Backpacking usually entails a form of inexpensive, autonomous global travel, mostly carried out by young adults, who are seeking a more engaging and deeper approach to exploring a destination.
It generally includes the use of a backpack or other luggage, which is easily carried for long distances or long periods of time; the use of public transport; economical lodging such as hostels; a relatively longer duration of the trip; and an interest in meeting the locals as well as viewing the sites. More often than not, it is associated with young adults, who generally have fewer obligations and thus more time to travel. They are also less financially viable, and tend to use budget accommodation such as youth hostels.

The definition of a backpacker has evolved as travellers from different cultures and regions participate. Some works undertaken in this domain regard backpackers as constituting an assorted group in view of the rationales and meanings associated with their experiences. They do not generally subscribe to conventional forms of travel; and are instead preoccupied with self-exploration in a style most suitable to their sought experiences, expectations and values. This band of travel witnessed tremendous growth in the 2000s, due to the advent of low-cost airlines and hostels or budget accommodation.

Central to backpacking is the concept of authenticity. Backpacking is perceived as a strongly educative and engaging vacation. Backpackers are keen to experience the grassroots aspects of destination; instead of the packaged version often associated with mass tourism. For this reason, they are usually characterised as anti-tourists.  Backpacking is common for young adults in Northern Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Israel, but less so for the USA and Canada.

Backpacking trips were traditionally undertaken either in a "gap year" between High School and university, or between the latter and the commencement of work. However, the average age of backpackers has gradually increased over time, and it is not uncommon to meet travellers in their late 20s or 30s on an extended career break. Popular regions for backpacking tend to vary from country to country.
London is an excellent destination for backpackers because it offers a range of enriching experiences, but also has a vast spectrum of youth hostels. Indeed, youth hostels and budget accommodation are dispersed all over London; and the sheer diversity of attractions in the city would certainly interest the international backpacker.

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