Backpackers not changing travel routes
26 January 2009 09:17
The increasing cost of travelling caused by weaknesses in exchange rates and rising air fares are having little or no impact on the destinations backpackers are choosing for their holidays, according to the travel book publishers Lonely Planet.
Tom Hall, travel editor at the company, said the traditional backpacker routes in the likes of Australia are still high on the list of destinations visited by backpackers.
He added that this was still the case despite travellers often needing more money to visit these destinations because of foreign exchange rates, where he used the example of the Australian dollar, which is much stronger against the pound than it has been at other times in the past.
The comments come after research from InsureandGo stated that the average backpacker today spends as much £3,700 for the whole of their trip.
And Mr Hall doesn't believe that air fare costs have increased that much leading to the assumption that backpackers are spending more when they reach their destination.
The InsureandGo research also found that the average backpackers includes over £1,000 of valuables in their luggage, so they should be advised to take out travel insurance to cover them for any loss or damage to their valuable items.
Specialist backpacking travel insurance is available and may offer a backpacker the best cover for their situation.