Flashpacking: a discussion of independent travel in a digital world

Paris, Cody Morris (2012) Flashpacking: a discussion of independent travel in a digital world. Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism 2012: Proceedings of the International Conference in Helsingborg, Sweden, January 24-27, 2012 . pp. 191-202. [Article] (doi:10.1007/978-3-7091-1142-0_17)

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The purpose of this paper is to develop an understanding of the impact of the convergence of ICT and independent travel from the perspective of a small group of tech-savvy flashpackers. Key informant e-interviews were conducted with a small group of eight flashpackers with an established virtual presence. This paper employs the mobilities paradigm to discuss the convergence of technology and backpacking tourism. The study of the flashpacking phenomenon through a ‘mobilities lens’ provides a vehicle for developing an understanding of the complexities of the intersection of physical travel, technologies, and daily life. Several themes emerged from the interviews including the conceptualization of connection and disconnection, impact of technologies on traditional physical spaces of backpacking, social interaction, and increasing fluidity of ‘tourist’ and ‘non-tourist’ experiences.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 17484
Depositing User: Cody Paris
Date Deposited: 04 May 2016 12:07
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022 00:34
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/17484

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