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Young travellers ‘spending more’

Fresh faced travellers are spending more money on trips abroad as they go in search of a good time and new experiences.

Research from the World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSE) reveals that young people spent an average of £2,500 on overseas travel last year – 40% more than they did in 2007.

But the ‘bank of mum and dad’ is still financing a lot of trips, with 44% of travellers aged 20 and under receiving financial support from their parents.

“The truth is that when the going gets tough, the young keep on travelling” said Laura Daly, of the WYSE.

“They are also spending a lot more than they used to: rather than simply being seen as a leisure activity, travel is now increasingly viewed as a way of having experiences that help to enhance a CV – and to explore new cultures.”

Although many young travellers are putting in a lot of hard work to gain useful work experience and learn languages, visiting cafés and restaurants is still listed as one of the favoured activities to do while abroad.

One thing that has not changed is the fact that travel really can fuel the desire to venture abroad more, with young people who experience different cultures getting a thirst to explore further afield.

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