• Posted:Monday, October 5, 2009
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Backpackers heading to Blighty
The UK has always been a favourite destination of mine, despite its often inclement weather. I love the food, the scenery, the people - as a country, it just doesn't disappoint and there is something for every backpacker out there. Unfortunately, in recent years it would seem that Britain's own citizens have forgotten to appreciate the classic English charm, with more and more choosing to head abroad for their backpacking trips.

However, this would appear to be a trend in flux as VisitEngland has released figures from the United Kingdom Tourism Survey showing that vacations taken by Brits within their own country are on the up, rising by 14 per cent in the first six months of 2009. Travel outside the realms of the kingdom fell by 17 per cent for the same period, suggesting that people are increasingly becoming aware of the attractions of their little island.

Chief executive of VisitEngland James Berresford is understandably chuffed with this development, although he remains somewhat trepidatious about the future for tourism in England.

"England is back in fashion as Brits are rediscovering the diversity and appeal of the English holiday," he said.

I say, I'm not surprised. England's a beautiful place with lots to see and do and is often discounted by many of my own backpacking buddies as lacking exoticism and intrigue. Hopefully, the changing attitudes of the country's own population will go some way in altering perceptions abroad.

Chances are, though, that this seeming preference for Britain is down to the fact that the increase of Air Passenger Duty means that fewer flights will be leaving the country, ensuring that English backpackers have less choice about where it is they want to go. According to InsureandGo, 1,005 fewer routes are coming in and out of the country each week.ADNFCR-2435-ID-19392331-ADNFCR
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