Key Concepts in Tourist Studies provides a focused, quick reference guide for students exploring the fast growing and diverse field of tourist studies.Chosen by experienced teachers and researchers each concept defines, explains and develops a key topic in tourism and will act as a springboard for further reading and debate. This is an essential resource for all students of tourism.



Backpacking is independent travel undertaken by individuals or small groups, which tends to be flexible, low budget and with light baggage.

Backpacking is the very essence of independent travel, offering an unlimited level of flexibility and use of alternative means of transport and accommodation to the types used by the conventional ‘tourist’. In many ways, the backpacker has been mythified as the ‘anti-tourist’, although it has been seen that where the backpackers first ‘explore’ as uncharted, exotic destinations, they spearhead package or timeshare tourism, Goa being a prime example. Originally identified with the Hippies and the drug culture of the sixties and seventies, and thus, following a large part of the Silk Trade Route, backpackers are now moving more as a result of budget travel ...

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