Backpackers willing to spend when they travel
26 January 2009 09:18
Backpackers are undergoing changes of attitudes that see them just as willing as anybody else to "splurge" when they go away, Lonely Planet has said.
Tom Hall, travel editor at the travel book firm, says that backpackers are recognising the value of saving up before their breaks, just as much as anyone else.
All travellers are most interested in their experiences while they are away and are prepared to pay for them, Mr Hall added.
He used the example that someone who is prepared to travel to New Zealand is going to want to do a bungee jump or skydive, compared with times in the past where the same people may have said that it was out of their price range.
Therefore backpackers are moving a little bit more upmarket and may not be following the stereotype that is often associated with them of scrimping.
Recent research from InsureandGo found that the average backpacker spends £3,764 on their trip, including valuable items worth an estimated £1,097.
Thus backpackers should make sure they take out travel insurance to cover them for their valuable goods. Specialist backpacking travel insurance is available for those who to use it.