NY1's latest travel report has some tips on how you can travel like a backpacker this summer without necessarily going backpacking. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
You don't have to strap on a backpack to have the psyche of a backpacker these days.
New Zealand’s award-winning Nomads hostel in Queenstown is in the category of travel known as "flashpacking".
"It’s kind of going above and beyond what a normal backpacker's would offer," says Ronan Gannon, manager of Nomads.
Nomads attracts a wide-ranging clientele, from those who bunk in dorm rooms for $28 a night to others who spring $135 for king-bedded rooms with ensuite bathrooms. No matter what you pay, you still get the same perks.
"We offer free breakfast in the morning, free evening meal as well. We give free drink vouchers for a local bar in town as well," Gannon says. "We try to offer as much as we can. We've got a sauna on site. We've got a cinema room. We've got a large kitchen communal area, lounge, bike storage, ski storage. All free for the guests to use as well."
Backpacking or not, always look for opportunities to scarf free Wi-Fi. And in general, set your priorities.
"Maybe you put more money for activities than for food," says one traveler.
When it comes to activities, check with the travel desk at your hotel for discounted daily specials. And don't just budget a set amount without delegating, or you're bound to blow it all on one thing.
"You’ve got your food, you've got your activities, and you've got your nightlife," says one person.
Don’t follow the money. One of Queenstown's most popular restaurants with backpackers is a burger joint where two people can make a meal out of an oversized bun for $11.
And sometimes, you can't put a price on convenience. Packing light is still the universal smart traveler's mantra.
"We're traveling for six months, and two or three t-shirts are enough," says one traveler.