Research by Yahoo has found that 20 per cent of 18-25-year-old backpackers take an Apple iPod or an MP3 player with them on their travels.

According to the survey, 13 per cent of young travellers take their laptop abroad with them.

This has lead to criticisms, with technology-brandishing travellers being warned that they are making themselves targets for crime.

GAP activity project's Lynn Harris told The Telegraph: "We fear that young people travelling in many developing countries may make themselves obvious targets for muggers.

"Another problem is that taking your iPod and laptop does not allow you to embrace the culture you are supposed to be visiting. We do advise all those who go abroad to keep in contact, but so much technology can defeat the whole point of the trip."