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Thailand 'most popular' for gap years
« on: August 17, 2013, 01:48:41 PM »
Thailand is the most popular destination for Britons considering a gap year, new research has suggested.

Around 24,000 school leavers spend much of the next 12 months overseas, according to Abta

Thousands of students opened their A-Level results yesterday, and Abta, the travel association, estimates that around 24,000 of them will spend much or all of the next 12 months overseas.

It reported that Thailand was proving to be the most popular choice among school leavers, followed by Australia, the US and South Africa.

Other favourites were Peru, popular with those hoping to tackle the Inca Trail; Vietnam, home to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ha Long Bay, Hoi An and Mỹ Son; and Brazil, famous for beaches, jungle treks, and sprawling cities. India, New Zealand, and Fiji completed the top ten.

Abta suggested that rising tuition fees had encouraged more young Britons to take a gap year, adding that several of its members had reported a rise in bookings compared to last year.

Victoria Bacon, head of communications at Abta, said: “Gap years have become even more popular among British teenagers since the rise in tuition fees in 2012 and increased competition for graduate jobs, with many students now looking to travel experiences to help make their gap year stand out on the CV.

“There is now an incredible choice of activities and destinations to support young travellers in developing and learning new skills,” she added. “It’s very important that if you’re planning a gap year, you research your options thoroughly: talk to a travel professional, who will be able to offer you advice about destinations and experiences; check travel advice with Abta and the Foreign Office and always book with a reputable company.”

To help those students considering a year out, Telegraph Travel has compiled its annual Gap 100, featuring our pick of the most trustworthy gap year travel companies and websites.

We’ve also published a list of ten essential questions to ask when organising your trip, and several case studies from recently returned gap year travellers

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Re: Thailand 'most popular' for gap years
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2013, 05:40:02 PM »
Gap year travellers are back packers who don't want to spend much money and move on to other countries after a few weeks.