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Brits urged to take gap year travel insurance and volunteer

24 March 2009 09:58

Brits urged to take gap year travel insurance and volunteer

The majority of people dream of taking a break from work to travel abroad, new research has revealed, after gap year travel insurance sales indicated that the recession is prompting more people to take extended vacations.

Last week, the Daily Mail cited a variety of statistics from leading providers of backpacking travel insurance to indicate that a number of people recently made redundant are now taking gap years and volunteering abroad.

With new research from One Life Live indicating that 54 per cent of people would love to travel or volunteer oversees, Gapforce has urged those with the necessary resources to take advantage and see the world.

Nadia Daer, trekker coordinator for the foreign expedition specialist, said: "If you've got the time and the money then really the world is your oyster."

However, she warned that those who have not done much travelling in the past may not be best served by taking an extended trip to the furthest corners of the world, such as the "depths of the Congo".

The One Life Live survey indicated that 84 per cent of people believe volunteer work, such as schemes overseas, will improve their employability.