• Posted:Thursday, July 16, 2009
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Economic gloom wont stop us travelling
The global economic downturn may be putting a dampener on people's spirits, but that doesn't mean we can't still get away and enjoy ourselves. With finances tight, budget accommodation such as hostels is likely to become all the more important, particularly as people appear to be unwilling to forego their breaks.

At least, that is the indication given through a survey by Sainsbury's Travel Insurance, which found that Britons intend to take 56 million holidays this summer - including more than 16 million people who are planning more than one trip.

They're spending an average of around £785 on each vacation, so cheap travel is likely to be a major concern. But for backpackers such as myself, budget accommodation is also a great way to keep costs down so I really would recommend hostels.

Of course, Sainsbury's took the opportunity presented by the study to point out the importance of travel insurance and it's certainly something that should be considered carefully - particularly when heading to unfamiliar territory.

Manager of Sainsbury's Travel Insurance Sam Marrs remarked: "Despite tough economic conditions, it would appear that rather than sacrificing our holidays, we Britons may even be taking more breaks in a bid to put all the credit-crunch doom and gloom behind us," adding that multi-trip policies can be useful, as you don't have to buy insurance each time you head away.

As is so often the case, the advice at the heart of the issue could simply be to be prepared. A recent campaign launched by Wanderlust carried a similar sentiment, as the magazine urged travellers to be aware of dress codes and local customs in order to avoid causing offence.

Sam Buckley
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