Youngsters choose travel over work

Australia tops UK’s table as favourite gap-year country

Travel abroad once again appears to be emerging as the preferred option for young people across the UK after completing their studies, according to youth travel expert STA.

It has seen its round-the-world trips jump by a quarter over the past 12 months, with Iceland proving the overseas destination with the fastest-growing popularity.

The number of visits there have soared by 129%, followed by off-the-beaten-track destinations such as Borneo, Manila and Bali (all 75%).

Glen Mintrim, managing director of STA’s UK operations, says that taking a gap year not only broadens youngsters’ horizons, it also looks good on their CV if they take on work experience during their travels.

He says its figures show that the UK jobs market remains challenging for youngsters.

Young people are also increasingly being lured by the charms of Southern Africa, with visitor numbers to Windhoek (Namibia) and Cape Town rising by 38% and 35% respectively.

Australia tops STA Travel UK’s table of favourite gap-year countries for youngsters to see, followed by New Zealand, then the US. Thailand plus Peru complete the top five.

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