The current financial squeeze has had little impact on those determined to travel the world, one travel author has said.

The current financial squeeze has had little impact on those determined to travel the world, one travel author has said.

David Else from Lonely Planet said that instead, career breaks and ‘gap years for grown-ups’ are becoming more popular, with travellers resorting to other methods of saving money than cutting back on their trips altogether.

He remarked that the prospect of new adventures and seeing different cultures is likely to be the cause of this.

“The actual number of people (young and old) travelling the world or taking a simpler/shorter holiday has not been impacted much by the credit crunch,” he remarked.

Mr Else added that one way of cutting back on costs is by downgrading accommodation, for example by going from five-star to three-star, or by reducing the length of the holiday.

According to Road Junky Travel, most people going on backpacking trips opt for holidays to Thailand or Laos, followed by Australia.

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