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Europe 'will be better for backpackers with fewer tourists'

Backpackers planning to visit Europe should use the economic downturn as a chance to see popular cities such as Rome and Paris without the presence of busy crowds, it has been suggested.

Kate Kenward, executive director at the Association of Independent Tour Operators, said that although Europe will always be popular with travelers, numbers have declined recently.

"Touring major cities and attractions which have been known to be busy in the past will be a joy," she explained.

She added that short-haul destinations outside of the eurozone - such as Turkey and Egypt - are likely to be popular over the coming year as people make an effort to stretch their cash further.

Meanwhile backpackers were recently offered some tips on how to save money when traveling.

According to the Telegraph, travelers should checked whether they are owed any tax relating to their previous employment before jetting abroad.

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