In 2009, as the financial crisis unfolded, it was common for people to travel around the world in their own cars, as they were cheaper than renting out the vehicle, which in turn was cheaper than taking the car and transporting it back home.
At the same time, many people were also starting to realise that a backpack was not a necessary luxury, but a necessary accessory.
The trend for backpackers has been building since.
And yet, it remains largely unknown to most people.
For the first time, we asked readers to choose between a backpack and a car.
What’s the difference?
What do you like?
What don’t you like about a backpack?
We asked our readers to pick a backpack for their commute, which is a combination of their personal style, the size and weight of the car they were going to use, and the size of the backpack they were looking to use it in.
The responses varied widely.
Some readers liked the size, others disliked the weight, and others said they didn’t like them at all.
Some said they wanted to buy a smaller, less expensive backpack.
The response also varied by subject.
Some people were interested in using a backpack to carry their own belongings while on the road, others said that they would prefer a car as their main travel vehicle.
As with any new trend, the responses varied by topic.
Some wanted to use a backpack as a tool for getting around town, others were concerned that it would make the journey more stressful.
The vast majority of readers also had no idea how much money they would be spending on their travel, how much space they would need for their belongings, or what the average size of a backpack would be.
In the end, the average backpacker spent around $5,000 per year, according to the study by Lonely Planet.
So why are so many people choosing to use their cars as their primary transportation?
Some of the most popular reasons are for speed and convenience.
“My biggest fear with cars is the traffic.
They’re slow, they’re noisy, and they’re expensive,” said Michael.
“The car’s a lot less reliable than a bike.”
The study found that backpackers were twice as likely to be using a car on public transportation as other people.
But even when they were travelling by car, they were still more likely to buy their own transport.
“I think they’re a little bit too slow,” said one reader, who did not want to be identified by name.
“It’s the most fun I’ve ever had with a car.”
The research also found that many people said they preferred to travel by bike over a car in their commute.
“They’re safer and they have better range,” said the reader.
“You can take your time getting there, and you can drive a bike to a store.”
The travel boom has been largely fuelled by the availability of a range of car-sharing programs.
In many cities, bike sharing programs offer cheap, reliable and convenient transportation, with most of the cars sharing the same routes as people biking.
“Bike sharing is great for getting to and from destinations, as well as commuting from there,” said a reader, also a Lonely Planet reader.
The study also found a growing number of people choosing a car for their travel to get around town.
“A lot of people travel by car to and fro, but they do it at a cost of about $30 per week, so that’s a very expensive alternative to a car,” said Lonely Planet readers.
The travel trend has also seen people use their own personal vehicles for longer distances.
“In cities where people can access public transportation, it’s cheaper to drive a car to work, to work out, and to school than a car-share,” said an online reader.
Many people travel to and live in places where it is very difficult to use public transport.
This is especially true in large cities.
“There are a lot of places where public transportation is expensive, so people can’t afford to use that,” said Katie.
When you can’t find an alternative, you’re going to choose a car that you can take to and use anywhere, wherever.”