But one year on it seems bookings are up again and a new generation of travelers is born, with increased numbers of people disengage from curricular education and/or work to starting to pack up their rucksack and head off on an adventure.
It seems with higher tuition fees starting this year, students have already resigned themselves to the increased expense and are determined to have some fun before the hard work starts, according to Macca Sherifi, travel editor of gapyear.com.
As young travelers pack up and plan their adventure a shift in focus could make the gap year experience even more rewarding in their future career aspirations. With According to http://blog.studylondon.ac.uk, “73% of employers say they would rather employ someone with voluntary experience than someone without”, a gap year could be a golden opportunity to make you stand out from the crowd (hyperlink to stand out from the crowd article).
There are a number of options available to increase value for money:
- Volunteering rather than backpacking (hyperlink to backpacking vs volunteering news article);
- Working while travelling, and best of all,
- Grass roots volunteering (hyperlink to grass roots news article) rather than volunteering through an agency, by independently volunteering it cuts out the ‘middleman’ and involves applying directly to grass-roots organisations themselves making sure any cost go directly to the organisations that need it most and saving you money in the process.