The social affordances of flashpacking: exploring the mobility nexus of travel and communication

Germann Molz, Jennie and Paris, Cody Morris (2015) The social affordances of flashpacking: exploring the mobility nexus of travel and communication. Mobilities, 10 (2). pp. 173-192. ISSN 1745-0101

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The proliferation of digital devices and online social media and networking technologies has altered the backpacking landscape in recent years. Thanks to the ready availability of online communication, travelers are now able to stay in continuous touch with friends, family and other travelers while on the move. This article introduces the practice of ‘flashpacking’ to describe this emerging trend and interrogates the patterns of connection and disconnection that become possible as corporeal travel and social technologies converge. Drawing on the concepts of ‘assemblages’ and ‘affordances’, we outline several aspects of this new sociality: virtual mooring, following, collaborating, and (dis)connecting. The conclusion situates this discussion alongside broader questions about the shifting nature of social life in an increasingly mobile and mediated world and suggests directions for future research at the intersection of tourism and technology.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 25 Oct 2013
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 17473
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Mobilities on 25/10/13, available online:
Depositing User: Cody Paris
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2015 10:10
Last Modified: 31 May 2019 07:09

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