Originally Posted by Colebatch
Damn right ...
Tha saddest thing of all about backpackers, and lonely planet disciples ... is that they are all on package tours - but they cant see it. There is no independence about it at all. They stay at the same hostels, eat at the same restaurants, take the same buses as everyone else carrying the stupid book.
And they bump into each other, the same people, supposedly on independent trips, every few days.
Its a social / dating tour package, rather than a guide to freedom. It doesnt encourage independence, but quite the opposite. It entrenches dependence. They'd be lost without the book. The book becomes their package tour guide.
I avoid that type like the plague when I am on the road.
Funny have you seen "The Beach"? The gist is the same.