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New guide offers gap year advice

05 September 2012 10:03

For many young people a gap year can be their first trip away from home without family

For many young people a gap year can be their first trip away from home without family

A new travel guide is aiming to make sure gap year travellers avoid running into preventable problems abroad. The British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has produced Plan.Pack.Explore, which offers practical advice to prospective backpackers and their worried parents.

The pack contains information on getting visas, protecting your money, and how the FCDO can help in overseas emergencies, as well as case studies and handy maps. The guide also stresses the importance of travel insurance, with a study showing one in four 16 to 24 year olds travelled without insurance over the past six months, with only a quarter making health-related preparations prior to travelling. The guide is available in print, online and as an app for iPad, iPhone and Android.

Khalida Cox from the Know Before You Go team at the FCDO said: "Now that exam results are out and people start considering a gap year, preparation can be daunting for young people and their parents - particularly if it is a trip away without family for the first time. Plan.Pack.Explore. helps travellers understand exactly what they need to do before they go away and provides essential information for parents in the run up to the big trip."