Shorter Gap Years due to Money Problems

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

Money worried Brits are swapping a gap year for a shorter trip termed a ‘snap year’, new research reveals.

For 2.75 million the cost of a traditional gap year of travelling is too expensive in the current economic climate, causing many gapers to take a five week ‘snap year’ break over the next 12 months instead.

Endless months of long-haul travel are a thing of the past, according to new research from LV= travel insurance.

The number of Brits taking long trips like this has declined by 69 percent over the past five years, as over a fifth of the 2.75 million cutting their break short have been forced to limit the duration due to financial concerns.

“The findings show that with financial concerns at the forefront of Brits’ minds, long periods of overseas travel to far-flung destinations are no longer a feasible option for many people,” said John O’Roarke, LV= travel insurance managing director.

“Even for shorter breaks, planning the practicalities of a trip is essential, especially if you are hoping to cram multiple activities into a tight timescale.”

Less than one in ten of those taking a trip in the next year admit they are unable to go away for more than four months.

Traditionally gap years are known as a 12 month period of travel before or immediately after university. However, longer breaks are now commonly taken once young people have entered the job market, with higher-income over-50s taking advantage of retirement to fund gap years.

One in ten of those taking a short gap year intend on working during their break to fund their travels, while 27 percent are choosing to visit budget destinations where their pound will go further such as Thailand and India.

While almost a third will be staying with family and friends for part of the trip to save money on accommodation, and 11 percent are taking a train or coach to save money on flights.

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