New tool to help gap year travellers
26 January 2009 08:49
Gap year travellers could benefit from a new internet map tool to allow them to find out more about destinations they may choose to visit.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has teamed up with Lonely Planet to create the Google-powered service which allows gap year travellers to click on destinations and access texts, photographs and podcasts to gain a better understanding of the area and its activities.
Travellers who are putting the finishing touches to their gap year breaks are advised to take out travel insurance to cover them for any loss or damage to belongings, with gap year travel insurance an advisable purchase.
Alice Draper of the FCO said: "The very nature of a gap year means that it is likely to be a prolonged trip, taking in a number of destinations.
"This can increase travellers' risk of encountering difficulties on their journey, so it is vital to prepare properly before setting off."
According to the Telegraph, a report by research firm Mintel found that around 200,000 young people set out each year from Britain on a gap year-type adventure, spending an average of £4,800 each.