An article co-authored by Dr. Cody Paris, "Social Affordances of Flashpacking: Mobility Nexus of Travel and Communication" published in the journal Mobilities, was one of the "Most Read of 2015" in Taylor and Francis "Geography, Planning, and Urban Studies" Journals: http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/pgas/most-read-2015/social-sciences/geography-planning-and-urban-studies
Moreover, the paper is also now among the 20 most read, ever, in this Journal: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/showMostReadArticles?journalCode=rmob20, and is now available open access: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17450101.2013.848605
The proliferation of digital devices and online social media and networking technologies has altered the backpacking landscape in recent years. Thanks to the ready availability of online communication, travelers are now able to stay in continuous touch with friends, family and other travelers while on the move. This paper introduces the practice of ‘flashpacking’ to describe this emerging trend and interrogates the patterns of connection and disconnection that become possible as corporeal travel and social technologies converge. Drawing on the concepts of ‘assemblages’ and ‘affordances,’ we outline several aspects of this new sociality: virtual mooring, following, collaborating, and (dis)connecting. The conclusion situates this discussion alongside broader questions about the shifting nature of social life in an increasingly mobile and mediated world and suggests directions for future research at the intersection of tourism and technology.