Care Free, if Not Career Free, Traveling

    Career Progression Becomes High Priority for Backpackers

    LONDON, March 20 /CNW/ - Backpackers will soon lose their tag of
free-spirited wanderers if a recent study from
( is representative of a wider trend amongst
young people. The low-cost accommodation company has seen notable increases in
students and first year graduates spending time in China and South East Asia,
with many citing career reasons for their choice of travel destination.
    Accommodation bookings for the region, through, have
increased at the rate of 900 percent since 2006 - four times the growth rate
for all other destinations. This trend mimics that of students choosing
Beijing and other universities in the region to gain their degrees. But while
not all wish to commit in excess of 3 years to living in a foreign country,
increasingly, those with a long-term focus are recognising the benefits of
understanding the cultures that will present the business opportunities over
the coming decades.
    The study by looked at budget travelers who were
planning to spend time in the region or those who had visited within the last
two years. All respondents were asked to rate their primary reason for
choosing the area, with 26 percent wanting to "gain a better understanding of
the language/culture for career development."
    The fact that young people are choosing to travel in order to make
themselves more employable is beneficial to both the individual and the
companies they join. China and the South East Asia are booming economies and
it draws parallels with the need to understand Japanese language and culture
in the 1980s; any responsibility that individuals can take to bridge the
knowledge gap is a positive.
    David Smith, General Manager, said: "Between leaving
'official' education and starting a career is a very popular time in life for
people to start globe-trotting. However, the notion of travelers as simply
drifting backpackers is becoming increasingly dated. Many now see the benefit
of how a wider cultural understanding can provide a firm career footing and
set them apart in employers' minds when applying for jobs. As employers of
many graduates, the ability to show self-sufficiency and global awareness is
certainly something we regard highly when screening candidates."


    Great Hostels. Free Booking. No Worries. - launched in
March 2004 - is a leading UK-based website owned and operated by MBI MBO Ltd.
It offers a range of hostels and budget accommodation including hotels, B&Bs
and apartments in over 2,000 destinations worldwide.'s
properties are reviewed and rated by customers and it remains the only company
in its sector to offer its services with no booking fees.
also provides a range of free travel guides, travel news and worldwide events

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