Africa leads trend for more adventurous gap year travel


NEW MALDEN, England – According to research carried out by the Year Out Group the most popular gap year destinations are shifting, due in part to the number of people taking a career break, and also because of a shift in terms of what people now want from a gap year.

Travellers are heading further afield and wanting to do something beyond just sitting on a beach in Thailand, for example. In celebration of this worldwide travel diversity Round The World Experts are today promoting round the world flights as the perfect way of visiting a number of these far-flung destinations all on the same trip.

The Year Out Group, a company who specialise in providing information on structured year out programs, has found that South Africa and Kenya are the most popular destinations for structured gap year placements, with increasing numbers of gap year travellers avoiding the traditional destinations of Australia and New Zealand, in favour of more exotic destinations and activities, such as going on safari to see the ‘Big Five’ in Africa.

Australia and New Zealand still feature in the Top Ten, at 4 and 10 respectively, but the lesser popularised destination of Peru in South America, also features in the list, along with the rather more unexpected destination of Canada.

A spokesperson for Round The World Experts said, “What we’re seeing is a truly globalised and diverse traveling community. Gap year travelers aren’t content with just a glorified holiday; they want exciting and varied destinations, cultures and activities to experience. Although the old favorites do offer these, more and more people are attracted to destinations that have been under the radar of traditional gap year travel, such as Peru, Tanzania and Fiji.

“Thanks, in part, to the larger numbers of people opting to take gap years later in life, and the increasingly adventurous nature of recent graduates, gap year travelers are now more willing to visit less chartered territories, safe in the knowledge that they’re bound to encounter other travelers doing the same thing.”