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Photo Credit: [untitled photo of woman with bags]. (N.D.) Retrieved May 20, 2016 from
Photo Credit: [untitled photo of woman with bags]. (N.D.) Retrieved May 20, 2016 from
Are you a glampacker or a backpacker? Neither traveler is better than the other, but they are very different. Glampackers and backpackers usually differ in their objectives, destinations, and end results. Not sure which one you are? Read below to find out!

  1. Appearance 

Glampackers tend to travel in style, with a bit of style in their bag, too! They will bring their best clothes and shoes, usually in excessive amounts, and keep their experience as glamorous as possible. The glampacker never travels without her makeup bag, flatiron, flexi-rods or favorite jewelry! No matter where they are going, they will be dressed to impress.

Backpackers tend to travel only with necessities. They rarely ever pack for “what if” situations, as they like to travel lightly. Backpackers can be found wearing anything, as appearance is the last of their concerns. Anything considered a luxury probably won’t be found with a backpacker!

  1. Souvenirs

The glampacker will return home with twice the amount of stuff they initially traveled with. Souvenirs to glampackers are new bags, new clothes or overpriced pendants! Basically, anything glamorous would be perfect.

The backpacker, on the other hand, can find a souvenir in nature. When nature doesn’t suffice, postcards, key chains and small trinkets are the next choice—anything that can comfortably fit into the lovely backpack!

  1. Objectives

Glampackers often travel to escape! The glampacker’s destination is just as glamorous as the goods stored in their glampack. Usually, their hotel accommodations are glamorous, too. Five star hotels, tropical islands and overpriced restaurants are a part of the glampacker’s trip.

Backpackers travel for full-on experiences. They completely immerse themselves in local customs (eating traditional food, attempting to speak the language) rather than indulging in what can be found elsewhere. Tropical beaches and overpriced restaurants are rarely ever in their itineraries.

  1. Result

Glampackers will leave with heavier bags, slimmer wallets and probably really nice tans!

Backpackers will leave with new language skills and lifetime memories.

These comparisons will help in determining the difference between the two. So which one are you?

Written by: Arianna Goolsby, Staff Writer, Modern Domestic


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