• Posted:Wednesday, July 8, 2009
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Top spots for hostels revealed

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Top spots for hostels revealed
One of the things backpackers tell me they love most about travelling is discovering places that others would not consider heading to - off the beaten track if you will. While others head off to sandy beaches in summer and ski resorts in winter, those of us with a taste for adventure are constantly trying to think outside the box.

And it seems that more and more people are recognising the benefits of backpacker travel, or more specifically - hostels. I saw that because a study has revealed that interest in places like Columbia and Moldova has been growing significantly.

The research by Hostelworld.com indicated that hostel bookings for the former have gone up 266 per cent over the last year, while Moldova has seen a massive 600 per cent increase!

Aisling White, spokesperson for the site, explained that the economy is likely to have played a part in this, as people are seeking budget accommodations. "Additionally, the spirit of adventure, the desire of travellers to seek out more authentic travel experiences and the maturing of the hostel industry are also driving this movement," she said.

So where else are these adventurers heading these days? Well, Kiev was identified as the top emerging destination, having experienced 218 per cent growth. It was followed by Zadar in Croatia and Hiroshima, Japan. Other highlights from the study included El Salvador - interest in which has more than doubled - and South Korea.

It seems, therefore, that despite the recession - and maybe in fact because of it - people are looking to visit hostels in all corners of the world. And conveniently enough, Expedia recently noted that cheap travel options currently mean summer vacations are more affordable than ever.

Sam Buckley
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