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Gap year travellers urged to prepare properly

26 January 2009 11:31

Gap year travellers urged to prepare properly

The number of people heading away on gap years is increasing, but many people are still not planning their trip adequately, according to one expert.

Predictions from Mintel claim the global gap year market will grow by around £11 billion by 2010, up from around £5 billion in 2005.

However, with the market demographic predominately consisting of younger travellers, concerns are often raised over the amount of planning that goes into overseas trips.

"It is imperative to check you have a valid travel insurance policy before travelling," a spokesperson for student holiday specialist STA Travel explained.
"It may not be the most exciting, but travel insurance is probably the most important purchase you'll make for your trip. Insurance is not just for emergencies, but also to help you enjoy your trip, secure in the knowledge that you are covered against the unexpected."

Earlier this month a survey from the Year Out Group found that India, Peru, and Tanzania topped the most popular gap year destinations for structured year placements in 2007.