Exploring influences on Backpacker Transport Choice
This paper describes and discusses part of a study that explores the complex and multifaceted area of transport network choice made by independent travellers or as they are commonly known backpackers. In doing so the paper reviews several areas of literature that are of direct relevance to the field of study and in doing so, explores and proposes a definition of exactly what constitutes a backpacker. In support of this the importance of the field of independent travel is discussed both to the tourism industry generally and to host communities. Following this a conceptual framework of the factors that influence the choice of transport methods by backpackers is proposed and discussed.