There was a time when backpacking through Europe or around the globe was the hip thing to do. Many of the original pioneers of the travel phenomenon have grown up. Although they still desire the adventure of the days when they bunked with strangers and hitch-hiked their way around, today they have upgraded the experience.
Flashpacking is the new way to backpack. It is similar to the more traditional backpacking days will just a little flash added in for comfort along the way. Travelers still enjoy the adventure of riding the trains and taking the less expensive travel routes but are choosing to upgrade accommodations. Instead of the group hostels they are opting for private rooms and even flat screen televisions. These accommodations are a far cry from the traditional backpacking days.
The cost for the Flashpacking rooms is a little more expensive that the traditional hostels, but even with the increased expense the rooms are more affordable than other hotel accommodations. Rooms can actually start as low as $ 25 per night.
The more traditional hostels can still be found around the globe, but many of those also offer private rooms and other amenities that make them more attractive to the Flashpacking generation. Travelers get the amenities they want at a price they can afford and still enjoy the experience of “backpacking” around the countryside.