When Americans go backpacking

CNN had an article about Americans invading the ski slopes for winter. While ostensibly about the trend toward flashpacking, it actually had a lot to say about how Americans do backpacking.

I found the comments on privacy, sharing and personal space especially illuminating. When people are used to living in a big house and driving a car, then sharing a room with other people and riding buses can seem jarringly different from the normal routine.

Any thoughts on this article?  In particular, I wondered if the article was stereotyping Americans from a certain region. People on the coasts are quite different from those in middle America, and Hawaii is another story altogether!

Posted by | Comments (1)  | January 30, 2009
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