In June 2011 I wrote a blog about the different breeds of backpacker. I talked about the flashpacker, backpacker and of course the slackpacker.
Just over 2 years on from this I have noticed a new breed of backpacker. I’ve called this type the lackpacker. I’m here in New Zealand myself, not as a backpacker this time. I am here hoping that I can settle here for good when I find a job. But more on that in another post.
So what’s different about this breed of traveller? Many things, even from the slackpacker. This traveller is the type you may have met in a hostel recently. They can come from, and can be found anywhere in the world.
Some of their characteristics include: They like to sit around the hostel all day watching films or surfing the internet on their laptop. Work is a dirty word to them. Passion for travel is not something they understand, nor is exploration. They are likely to be averse to taking a shower or even washing. Even if they have money they are unwilling to spend it and would rather starve than have to leave the hostel to visit a supermarket.
Some of them may even try to borrow money from other backpackers. They are negative about all aspects of travel and the experience. They are to be avoided at all costs. Engagement with them will just lead to frustration.
I have only noticed a few of this breed so far, but it’s worrying to see them. My advice to them is that if they hate travel and new experiences so much they should probably just stay at home.