I love backpackers. I was one for longer than most.
So whenever I hear a tourism bod spouting about their desire to attract the backpacker market I always think it won’t end well.
Here’s a cute piece of travel blogging which really brings home why they’re a sector best left to themselves:
- “We set off from Bondia Beach, Sydney on Wednesday morning and drove for most of the day along the small coastal road south to reach the capital of Australia; Canberra. Arriving late at night, it was pretty obvious that there wasnt much to Canberra, so we drove a little way out of the city and snuke into a campsite full of OAPs with their caravans for the night. We left early the next morning to avoid having the pay and headed further down towards Melbourne.”
If you want lots of backpackers offer really cheap accommodation, cheap sex, and cheap booze (and/or other drugs). Any other cheap thrills probably won’t go astray. The prospect of high paid work for minimal effort can also be a draw card.
But that rather goes against he purpose of the tourism industry doesn’t it?