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Flashpacking
by LG on 

PassingThroughIndia.com in the news:


Flashpackers: High-tech backpackers

"Flashpacking is just backpacking, with an awful lot of tech gear going along for the ride," said Lee Gimpel, 29, a writer from Virginia who "flashpacked" around India for a few months and recorded his adventures at http://www.PassingThroughIndia.com.

"I sometimes felt that half of what I was carrying was tech stuff: digital camera and memory cards, USB memory drive, a laptop, cell phone, three battery chargers, a dozen rechargeable batteries, a power adaptor, blank CD-RWs and a handful of cables and cords," he said.

Have you flashpacked? What do you think it is? Add a quick comment.

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RE: Flashpacking by Sivesh Kumar on

Yes I have flashpacked a lot and due to my love for flashpacking we (with some friends and hardcore flashpackers) have started www.flashpackingindia.com .
 Its more a community which will help flashpackers in making their trip unforgettable.


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RE: Flashpacking by CLiu on

I believe the most common definition for 'flash packer' is someone who travels like a backpacker, but who is generally older, has a high budget, and desires to bring along more technology.
Warehouse


RE: Flashpacking by CLiu on

I believe the most common definition for 'flash packer' is someone who travels like a backpacker, but who is generally older, has a high budget, and desires to bring along more technology (laptop and such).
<a href="http://www.storages.com.sg">Warehouse</a>


RE: Flashpacking by Poltroon on

"So as self proclaimed "flashpackers" do you think this makes you less of a backpacker and more of an ordinary tourist?? "

Nope, not at all.

I used to backpack everywhere as it gave me an opportunity to see the world on my meagre budget. It was the only way I could afford to do it, and it also allowed me to "get closer" to the real country, not one that a travel agent wanted me to see.

Now, years older, and with a well paid, full time job, I still want that "real travel", but have had enough of skanky hostels with a shower down the hall shared by many and having to share a dorm room with 8 other people.

So, that's why I flashpack. I still travel on local buses, visit less well travelled areas, but like to return to a decent hotel in the evening.

I'm still closer to a backpacker than a package tourist, but just with that added bit of comfort.


RE: Flashpacking by bradlah on

So as self proclaimed "flashpackers" do you think this makes you less of a backpacker and more of an ordinary tourist??


RE: Flashpacking by williamschriss on

It is great to read about your experiences travelling and flashpacking!

Your NEO reminds me of the old Cambridge Z88, just with useful modern interfaces like USB and infrared.

I was travelling for 5 months last year through North America, Asia and the UK.  I carried a Powerbook (mac laptop), Konica-Minolta digital camera, Nokia mobile phone, and a range of cables and an OS boot CD.  It was great being able to work away on my own stuff or access banking safely from my own computer.  The worst part was seeing if there was anywhere safe to lock the laptop away in at the hostel, or if I had to carry it whether I went. If in doubt I carried it!  :(

Still travel is a great way to have your eyes opened to the world. :)  Good Luck with your travels!


RE: Flashpacking by williamschriss on

It is great to read about your experiences travelling and flashpacking!

Your NEO reminds me of the old Cambridge Z88, just with useful modern interfaces like USB and infrared.

I was travelling for 5 months last year through North America, Asia and the UK.  I carried a Powerbook (mac laptop), Konica-Minolta digital camera, Nokia mobile phone, and a range of cables and an OS boot CD.  It was great being able to work away on my own stuff or access banking safely from my own computer.  The worst part was seeing if there was anywhere safe to lock the laptop away in at the hostel, or if I had to carry it whether I went. If in doubt I carried it!  :(

Still travel is a great way to have your eyes opened to the world. :)  Good Luck with your travels!


RE: Flashpacking by Arpit on

Hi, I'll be following in your footsteps, sort of. I'm also "flashpacking" through India, and will be logging my travels on my site, www.katabatics.com. I appreciate your insights, as I think they will prove quite helpful to me on the road. My flash gear includes a dSLR, a point-n-shoot, among other gadgets. For the full list, check out the site! I'd love your suggestions on things to see, other cultural insights or revelations and tips!

Thanks, and hope to read some of your comments on the site!


RE: Flashpacking by KB on

I just went through Egypt, Israel and China.  All I took with me was my laptop (the cheapest I could get) loaded with gotomypc. and a Sony MVC 500.  It allowed me to take as many pictures as needed, store them on mini CD's and put them in the computer whenever I filled them (i could have earlier, but no rush with the cd's.  I only take a 10pack with me everyday and did have to buy 5 more once in israel.  That way I'm not tied to the computer.  I also talked to the people with me and we pooled our pictures, which I put on a DVD when I got home each trip, and mailed to all contributers.  It is amazing what pictures others take of the same sites, most are very different and it makes for a much better collection.   I think that I will bring a card reader on the next trip because of the Flash revolution, but I am still happy with the cd's.


RE: Flashpacking by Brian Solis on

Lee, love thie site.  Congrats on all of the visibility!  While I haven't been flashpacking, I am certainly an avid flashcamper.  We just returned from Wright's beach on Sonoma Coast with 2 digital cameras, usb cables, a notebook, ipod, 1GB flash drive, bose portable speakers, Sprint PC card modem to upload the images to the web, rechargeable batteries, a power inverter to keep everything powered-up, and a Wndows Mobile PC use as an additional MP3 player and a flash light at night ;)  Look forward to the next adventure!


RE: Flashpacking by Lenkov on

Hi Lee,

Nice web site and nice photos too. I did few "flashpackings" in costa rica, brazil and mexico (I didn't know they call it "flashpacking". I was amazed to find out that in the middle of Amazon river 50 miles from the nearset town (Manaus) I was able  to take photos and upload them over pretty fast GPRS network directly to my web site...

Congrats for the
cnn.com coverage!


RE: Flashpacking by jimreg on

Cynic--sheesh, it sounds like you have a bee in your bonnet.  I'm not sure I'm a "techie geek" but I've enjoyed my vacations even when I had something that ran on batteries with me. And if I'm going to go to China or Africa or wherever and take pictures you better believe I want them to turn out well. When traveling, it doesn't matter so much what's in your pack, but what's in your heart and your head, no?


RE: Flashpacking by un-cynic on

@ cynic: not that your comment deserves a reply, why do you think you have the answer to what a vacation is supposed to be, and someone who wants to photoblog their trip does not?  Although, from the tone of your comment, you're doing us all a service by not documenting your travels online.  Now, why don't you just take a nice, long trip and stay off the message boards for a while...


RE: Flashpacking by Annie - Not Wisconsin on

Lee:

Congratulations on your new found fame!  My hubby and I got on your mailing list when we met you in Jaisalmer, and it was great to follow you blog and exciting to see your article on the cnn.com homepage!  Congrats!


RE: Flashpacking by cynic on

it's nice that while all of you are on trips that your main concern is picture and video quality...sad actually...and working on pics while driving so you have less to do when you get home...that's even more pathetic...bunch of techie geeks with cool pics of "where they are"...god, forbid you actually enjoy a vacation for what a vacation is...

one camara, one memory card and two trips around the world...how did i ever get by???????????? 

...and you must be people at the airports with all the carry-on crap...thanks for holding up the lines and taking up all the space...

 

first rule of BACK-packing...less is best.

 

thanks for spoiling another tradition...


RE: Flashpacking by Jay Shah on

Hi Lee:
Saw your reference in
Discovery Channel. How true! I just completed my 2.5 months of pilgrimage travel to Pakistan and India (and now I have to update my blog)! Yes, I had:

  •  A laptop (Averatec 3250)
  • Motorola Razr cell phone (with GPRS and 1.2 MP camera)
  • Nikon D50 5 MP Digital SLR camera with two lenses and 1 GB Memory card
  • JVC movie camera
  • Another small (cheap) Aiptek 5 MB camera with 512 MB memory card
  • hp iPAQ PDA,tripod
  • 1 GB Flash drive
  • Blank R/W DVDs and carrrying case for the DVDs.
Even in relatively small towns in India I came across a CyberCafe if I needed and Photo Printers who would take CD/DVD/memory card from the cell phone/cameras etc. The printing was cheap. For 18"x12" print I paid Rs. 100 (~ $2.20). It was the best way to give memory back to the people that I was with.

My daughter is travelling right now in Argentina - she packs less than I but she keeps up through her Blog at
http://shahmeera.blogspot.com/

Internet has brought the world together by a quantum leap. I knew no one in Pakistan and I wanted to go to the frontier area (Balochsitan) for the Pilgrimage. That is the area where Osama-Bib-Laden is presumed to be having a safe heaven.

I just surfed the web and found an excellent website

http://offroadpakistan.com/ where there was some info about the place I wanted to go. I dropped an email asking for some guidance on how to go there. In return I got 30 Pakistanis with ten  4x4 vehicles ranging from 1942 Jeep to Land Rovers and Satellite Phone to take me to the pilgrimage place with lots of love and care. I am a US Citizen with Indian heritage and I arrived in Karachi only 2 dyas after the bomb blast at the USA Consulate.

Not only the Internet allowed me to go where I wanted to go with total safety but made me life long 30 friends! And they were all Flashpackers too!

Enjoy your travels.
Jay Shah
jayanu@gmail.com
http://jayrshah.blogspot.com/


RE: Flashpacking by Rick on

Lee-

Thanks for the wonderful visual trip through India.  It reminded me of our trip in the mid-90's and it seems much of India has not changed.  I think it is very true to say one does not travel to India, One passes through it.  Good luck on your future adventures.


RE: Flashpacking by LG on

Colin -- Thanks for checking out the blog and sharing your pix.  The digital cameras certainly do need more equipment than the film cameras, don't they?  There were actually a lot of places to transfer memory cards to CDs in India which surprised me ... but a sign of the times I suppose.  I hope you enjoy your trip to India -- it's a very photogenic place which I think you'll apprecaite!


RE: Flashpacking by cgonsalv on

Hey Lee,

Great blog! Sounds like you had a memorable trip. I found your website through an article published in the Toronto Star. You're becoming famous!

I guess you could say that I qualify as a Flashpacker. When I travel I carry my camera, lenses, power-cords, blank CD-RWs, memory sticks and a tripod, yes a tripod! for night shots.

Below is the link to my pics and trip report to England and Scotland:

http://www.frommers.com/cgi-bin/WebX?128@@.eed91a1

We were lucky to find places that could transfer our pics to CDs. We took a lot of pics.

My wife and I plan on visiting India this coming December. I'll be adding a laptop to my list this time so that I can transfer and edit our pics during our long drives. Less to do once we return home.

Below is a link to pics I took when we visited Montreal and Quebec City.

Keep up the good work!

Cheers
Colin

St. Anne Canyon
http://www.pixagogo.com/6947914140
 
Botanical Garden (Day)
http://www.pixagogo.com/6942914179
 
Botanical Garden by Night
http://www.pixagogo.com/6943914117

Biodome
http://www.pixagogo.com/6941914831
 
Insectarium
http://www.pixagogo.com/2947914971
 
Montmorency Falls
http://www.pixagogo.com/6945914160
 
Quebec City
http://www.pixagogo.com/7941914723
 
Sainte Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica
http://www.pixagogo.com/6949914451
 
Mt. Tremblant
http://www.pixagogo.com/7942914175

 

 
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