Flashpacker mentality

The flashpacker is an independent traveller that combines a backpacker's sense of exploration and adventure with a little more comfort, budget and style.

Flashpacker mentality

The flashpacker is an independent traveller that still retains a backpacker’s sense of exploration and adventure, but combines it with a little more comfort, budget and style.

In our humble opinion, most backpackers that have turned 30, believe that they have finally earned the right to a private bathroom (among other things). And with age comes wisdom (and a little bit more income), which means that, by keep travelling smartly, you can still stretch your budget to explore a destination to the fullest, but on the same time allow (and afford) small luxuries such as boutique hotels, lots of extra activities, and swifter flights instead of arduous busses. And comfort (and income) is often associated with new cravings and high-tech gadgets. It’s more elegant to go wine-tasting than to pass out drunk, it’s more efficient to navigate by map apps than rely on blind chance or passersby, it’s more interesting to capture unique moments on a good camera than to let them slip your mind, and it certainly pays off to have better walking shoes and travelling equipment.

But the flashpacker will never devolve into a mere group tourist. We will always feel the need to experience the local culture with all our senses, testing the limits of our comfort zone, sampling the local flavours, preferring the boutique guesthouse to the 5* resort, walking the streets to get the vibes and brush shoulders with people in the local market. The love of the freedom of independent travel is still strong, as is the longing to explore as far as our hearts desire. And Indie Horizons was created to offer us just that, to organise unique tailor-made itineraries that will help us make the most of our precious travel time, and see the maximum possible in a destination, but with the minimum possible expenditure of time and money.