Africa Leads the Trend for More Adventurous Gap Year Travel, Report Round the World Experts

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Round the World Experts Report on the Changing Face of Gap Year Travel

NEW MALDEN, England, October 13, 2010 - 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 programmes, 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
, 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 travelling community. Gap year travellers aren't
content with just a glorified holiday; they want exciting and varied
destinations, cultures and activities to experience. Although the old
favourites 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 travellers are now more willing to visit less chartered
territories, safe in the knowledge that they're bound to encounter other
travellers doing the same thing."

About Round the World Experts

Round the World Experts is proudly a division of Flight Centre Ltd - one
of the world's largest travel retailers. Flight Centre has been operating in
the UK for over 10 years and now has 100 High street retail stores around the
country sending more than 250,000 people away on holiday each year.

For more information please visit

Paul Bondsfield, Level 2, CI Tower, High Street, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4TE +44(0)7530-881-549, paul.bondsfield at

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