TNT Golden Backpacker Awards announced

Intrepid Travel and Topdeck big winners on the night

Once again the travel industry turned out for the annual TNT Golden Backpacker Awards last week in London with some major awards up for grabs.

The awards recognised tour operators, airlines, accommodation and transport providers who have shown outstanding commitment to the adventure, backpacking and youth travel market. Basically, they're the awards for you guys, the backpackers.

32 awards were announced on the night and big winners were Topdeck, who won favourite big tour operator, Emirates, who won favourite long haul airline and easyjet, who once again won favourite short haul airline.

If you're after insurance then the award for favourite insurance provider went to Insure & Go and favourite finance support provider went to 1st Contact.

The biggest shock of the night went to Travel Talk who picked up the award for best tour itinerary.

However, the biggest winners were Topdeck, who scooped three awards and Intrepid Travel, who picked up two. Busabout also carried on their good work from last year picking up two awards.

The girls enjoying the TNT Golden Backpacker Awards

TNT Editor Laura Chubb said: "This is the second year that we've held the Golden Backpack Awards in the UK and once again it's been a huge success.

"The thing that makes these awards really count is that they're voted for by the TNT readers. And who better to judge the best of the best in the travel industry than the people who actually go out and experience what these companies have to offer?

"It obviously means a lot to the winners, too, judging from the raucous reactions at the awards on the night! 

"Well done to everyone involved this year and we look forward to another great event in 2013."

If you're interested here's the full list of winners.

Who's your favourite travel company? Let your fellow gappers know on the message boards!

If you're thinking of taking a tour on your gap year then head to out tours section for more advice and information.

Photos contributed to Ruth Roxanne Board / TNT Images