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Taking Gadgets Backpacking: The Pros and Cons

We live in an age where our lives are becoming increasingly dependent on the latest technology - over 88.5% of 18-34 year olds own a smartphone and by 2017 that number is predicted to rise to a good 97.5% - the majority of the population.

The same age bracket is also tipped by travel industry researchers as being the 'Most Likely to Spend Money on Travel' in the coming years. It's become almost a rite of passage to embark on a backpacking trip before, after or even during those few years before entering the grown-up world; most prominently across popular countries such as Asia, Australia and Europe.

But with 88.5% (and growing) of us owning smartphones and other gadgets like tablets, eReaders, music players, satnavs, and a social need to share our experiences with long-distance friends and relatives over the internet, how are we meant to take all of our technological necessities with us, not to mention fit it all in a backpack safely and without breaking our back in the process?

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If you do plan on travelling with your gadgets, it's well worth checking with your home contents insurance provider that your gadgets are covered on an 'all-risks' extension. This will ensure that should your belongings become damaged, lost or stolen, you can claim them back through your policy. Gadgets can mean a great deal to us and losing them can mean not only lost information but lost sentimental things like photos, songs and messages.

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