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Backpacking adventures 'not affected' by credit crunch

26 January 2009 07:59

Backpacking adventures 'not affected' by credit crunch

The number of people travelling the world on backpacking holidays has not been affected by the credit crunch, an expert has revealed.

While many may be spending less money on accommodation or shortening their trips, it is evident that travellers are determined to enjoy their holiday despite the economic downturn.

Recent statistics also show that the world's most popular backpacking destinations still include exotic and far-flung locations such as Thailand, Australia and Laos.

David Else, an author at Lonely Planet, said: "The actual number of people travelling the world or taking a … holiday has not been impacted much by the credit crunch."

Mr Else added career breaks and gap years were also becoming increasingly popular with professionals and older people.

While you can expect to have the trip of a lifetime in most instances, experts still recommend taking out specialist travel insurance before heading off on a backpacking adventure.

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