Backpackers: The need for reconceptualisation

Frederick Dayour, Albert N. Kimbu, Sangwon Park

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However, the characterisation of backpackers in several studies points evidently to incongruities among researchers. Consequently, there is as yet no standard operational criteria for defining backpackers. Ergo, this paper reviews the existing literature in tourism and rouses the need to rethink the definition of a backpacker for valid data gathering.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-193
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Backpackers
  • Definitional criteria
  • Flashpackers
  • Reconceptualisation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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