This just came across my desk:
The proportion of young travellers who book online has surged from 10% to 50% in five years.
And 80% use the internet to search for information before departing on their trip.
The figures are to be released as part of a global study of young independent travellers published by the World Youth & Student Educational Travel Confederation to be released next month.
The survey of more than 8,500 young independent travellers found that the average spend per trip has increased by 40% since 2002 to 1,915 euros, of which around 1,140 euros is put aside to cover costs once in the destination.
The most popular destinations for young travellers are Australia, the US and France, while backpackers head for Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.
Almost three quarters travel to explore, learn a language, volunteering or studying abroad and 80% say they return more appreciate and tolerant of other cultures as a result.
The full findings of the survey are to be released on October 3 at the World Youth & Student Travel Conference in Istanbul.