The current economic downturn has not significantly affected the number of people going on holiday, an industry expert has said.
While many choose to downgrade their flights, choice of destination, standard of accommodation or even the length of their trip they”re still as keen as ever to take a break, according to Lonely Planet author David Else.
"The actual number of people (young and old) travelling the world or taking a simpler/shorter holiday has not been impacted much," he said.
He suggested travelling was almost a rite of passage for young graduates and those on a career break – "gap years for grown-ups" – looking for "a complete changes from everyday life at home".
The Lonely Planet series was one of the first series of books aimed at young, budget travellers and has grown to become one of the largest publishers in its field, with annual sales of more than six millions books on destinations worldwide.
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