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Gap year travel still popular

According to the FCO, over 200,000 people in the UK, of all ages, are now taking gap years or sabbaticals abroad and the trend to take a gap year is set to grow even more. One estimate puts the global market to be worth a staggering £11 billion pounds by 2011. Whilst the undoubted life enriching experience that a gap year gives to most people is not in question, on the down side, there will inevitably be some level of risk taking when going off for an extended period abroad, often to places well off the beaten track. However,  just because the risk might be greater, that is no reason not to take a gap year because mishaps can and do happen closer to home but gap years do generally involve extended travel to remoter parts of the globe and thereby lies the problem.

Popular gap year destinations over the past five years proves this with the Andean regions of South America and the remoter areas of South East Asia being top of the gap year destination list. So how do you reduce the potential risks involved?  The Foreign and Commonwealth Office does offer very useful advice on their website at www.fco.gov.uk/en/travelling-and-living-overseas and they do keep up to date travel advice information on most, if not all countries.

What is still surprising though is that 25% of all travellers go abroad without adequate travel insurance but why take this unnecessary risk?  Although travel insurance will not prevent something happening to you, it can certainly help to reduce some of the stresses in the aftermath.  Medical expenses including repatriation, loss of baggage, legal assistance, and curtailment are just some of the essential benefits that come with most policies and it is now possible to buy tailored policies from specialist providers to cover almost every combination of gap year.

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