Mobile Technology: New Drug of Choice for the Backpacking Internet Generation

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Travel used to mean “getting away from it all” but the next generation of travelers don’t agree: they want to take it all with them. New research from Gap Daemon, the gap year specialists, shows that 48% of young travelers are now choosing to take some form of web-enabled gadget with them (survey conducted by Poll Daddy during September 2011).

Gap Year travellers use technology on the move

Web Enabled Backpacking

As technology becomes more mobile and easier to use on the move, Gap Daemon lets you stay in touch, plan your trips, share your experiences, and gain more from your gap year.

Whether it’s a laptop (17%), an iPad (5%), or a smartphone (26%), young backpackers are keen to make sure that they can stay connected.

While the technology manufacturers like Apple are clearly getting something right, Gap Daemon have identified this as an opportunity in the independent travel market.

Designed as a 21st century travel companion, Gap Daemon offers users a map-based website which combines social networking with travel information online. The result is an interactive companion which helps you plan, share and save your travel experiences.

“As technology becomes more mobile and easier to use on the move, Gap Daemon lets you stay in touch, plan your trips, share your experiences, and gain more from your gap year” says James Capon, CEO Gap Daemon

The survey of 500 young adults conducted by Gap Daemon also showed 19% of travellers have experimented with drugs while travelling and 10% have had unprotected sex. We can only assume that full details of these exploits will be shared with their wider social network proving once again that what goes on tour stays online.

The vibrant new site is already growing its community and has a wealth of useful information. But the real opportunity that Gap Daemon has identified is to allow its users to drive this information and advice. As an impartial and independent service, Gap Daemon is providing a platform for its users to get the most out of their gap years.

Take a look at the full survey results.

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Nadia Latif
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