3. Still, this is a huge increase from the mere 6.6 million backpackers recorded in 2007. This shows that backpacking has become more popular throughout the years.
4. There were around 10.75 million backpackers in the U.S in 2020.
This was a slight increase from the 10.66 million participants in backpacking in 2019, which shows that the Covid-19 pandemic did not have much of an impact in this type of travel.
5. In 2006, the number of participants in backpacking in the United States was 7.07 million. Backpackers have increased by 52% over the course of 14 years.
Backpacking demographics statistics
What is the average age to go backpacking?
6. In 2017, there were 2.47 million youth participants (six to 17-years-olds) of backpacking.
7. In comparison, there were 1.68 million million young adult participants (between 18 and 24 years old) in backpacking in 2017.
8. The percentage of backpackers older than 30 years old has risen from less than 5% in 2002 to approximately 10% in 2017.
9. The average age of backpackers has also increased, from 23 in 2002 to 24 in 2017.
10. Studies have shown that this is connected to the decreasing number of student backpackers, from 65% in 2002 to 49% by 2017.
Where do people go backpacking?
11. In June 2022, Vientiane, Laos, is the world’s most affordable city for backpacking. The average daily cost is just $19.39, which already includes a dorm bed, three budget meals, two rides on public transport, and entertainment fund.
Entertainment in this survey is regarded as one paid cultural attraction and three budget beers.
12. It’s followed by Luang Prabang, Laos ($21.32), Pokhara, Nepal ($21.75), Chiang Mai, Thailand ($21.8), and Hanoi, Vietnam ($22.44).
13. In North America, the cheapest city destination for backpacking is Montreal in Canada, with $82.48 in average daily cost.
14. The second cheapest city for backpacking in North America is New Orleans, USA, where the daily price is $94.7.
15. They’re followed by Miami Beach ($97.9), Toronto ($98.92), and Vancouver (104.62) as the top five cheapest North American cities for backpacking.
16. Meanwhile, in Latin America, Quito is the cheapest backpacking city with only $25 of daily cost.
The capital city of Ecuador is followed by Sucre in Bolivia.
17. Over in Europe, Kyiv, Ukraine is the most affordable city to go backpacking. Its average daily cost is $37.69.
18. The other top five cheapest European cities for backpacking include: Budapest ($38.21), Bucharest ($38.43), Sofia ($38.48), and Krakow ($41.03).
19. On the other hand, the least affordable backpacking city in Europe is Zurich, Switzerland, where you could spend an average of $151.96 daily for budget accommodation, meals, transportation, and entertainment.
20. Venice ($125.77), Oslo ($124.07), Bergen ($124.04), and London ($122.18) are also in the five most expensive cities in Europe for backpacking.
55. 21% of backpackers used Airbnb as their accommodation.
This shows that backpackers are using a wider range of accommodation nowadays, with 21% using Airbnb.
56. A recent marketing email campaign by the Youth Hostels Association (YHA) saw a 30% click-thorugh rate from 100,000 backpackers.
The YHA is known for providing affordable youth hostel accommodations and is especially popular among backpackers.
Over 30,000 people opened the email titled ‘Have you been dreaming of Australia’ within hours, showing a huge interest in backpackers who want to visit Australia. This is a dramatic increase because the general rate is only 1-2%.
57. In fact, since late 2020, six YHA properties have been sold for a total of $40 million.
These sales show a growing interest among investors in the backpacker’s accommodation market.
That’s all for the best statistics about backpacking.
It’s an increasingly popular form of travel because it’s low-budget and can be done in both short and long term.
We hope these statistics were insightful for you, whether you’re a backpacker or wanting to understand more about the market!
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