• Posted:Thursday, July 16, 2009
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Gap year travellers  are you ready
For many people, a gap year is the time to fall in love with the idea of backpacker travel. Taking time out after finishing school, college or university is an ideal way to discover the world and I have a number of friends for whom this was their first real experience of backpacking and they have never looked back.

The gap year has been growing in popularity in recent years and foreign exchange specialist Travelex reckons 230,000 people between the ages of 18 and 24 are going to take one in 2009.

But as with any travel of this kind, keeping costs down is essential. In addition to finding cheap travel, I recommend staying in hostels in order to avoid draining your funds with hotel stays. But for those who are worried about whether or not they will be able to stay on top of their funds, Travelex is recommending a pre-paid card.

Rather than taking a credit card and losing track of your spending, the company advises that you load it up and use it as you go along. Those heading to hostels in Australia and New Zealand may be interested to note that currencies for these countries have recently been added, while a useful feature is the fact that people back home can add to the funds too.

"The rise in trips means that there is an increasing demand for pre-paid cards which offer a means to control holiday spending while avoiding unexpected charges and the security risks associated with cards directly linked to a bank account," said Steve O'Donovan of Travelex.

Jonathan Mitcham of Which? Holiday recently offered some tips on saving money while travelling, including flying during the week to avoid more expensive fares.

Sam Buckley
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