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Backpackers travelling with £1bn in valuables

26 January 2009 11:28

Backpackers travelling with £1bn in valuables

Backpackers are lugging around more than £1 billion worth of personal property in their oversized rucksacks, new research has revealed.

The average backpack now contains about £450 worth of belongings according to AA Travel Insurance, with technological gadgets accounting for the largest proportion of that value.

According to the research, three quarters of travellers consider their mobile phone to be an essential item while backpacking, while seven out of ten refuse to leave home without their digital camera.

And yet despite the growing value of their rucksack contents, over half admit they would consider spending a night under the stars without even so much as a tent to protect themselves or their belongings.

"It's understandable that modern travellers want to be able to stay in touch and be able to record memories of the people and places they see," acceded Christian Young, head of AA Travel Insurance. "However, with all these technological treasures in their bags it has never been more important for backpackers to ensure they are fully insured."

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