Something strange happened to me when I hit Indonesia. From sleeping on a shelf on a boat off the coast of Australia, suddenly it was all air condition and modern bathrooms for me. I was dangerously close to becoming a flashpacker. What’s a flashpacker? According to my travel guru, Erin, over at GoErinGo, “A flashpacker is some who travels with luggage instead of a backpack and doesn’t necessarily stay in hostels” (Read more). Here’s what happened.
In Ubud, Bali I wanted to stay at a recommended guesthouse amongst the rice paddies so I blew my budget and stretched out on a king sized bed all to myself.
In Gili Air, one night in a $7.50 hut with one of the worst bathrooms to date and a lizard as a roommate and I upgraded accommodations for $10 more to A/C, pool and modern (read: clean) bathroom.
On Lombok, I cashed in some credit card reward points for a night in a luxury resort on Sengigi beach (so worth it).
On Labuan Bajo (Flores), the heat got to be too much and I bargained for a room at an upscale resort, complete with internet, pool and a balcony with views on my down day.
If my backpack grows wheels I’ll officially need to change my travel status from backpacker to flashpacker!
No worries, though, by the time I hit Nepal it was back to cold showers and squat toilets! Time will tell if the summer heat in the Mediterranean will trip the scale yet again! What I know for sure, though, is that each of the splurges was completely worth it!!!