Over 30s going gap year travelling
26 January 2009 09:05
Nine out of every ten gap year travellers are over the age of 30, new research has found.
Research from American Express Insurance Services has found the phenomenon, which is being recognised as the 'grey gapper'.
All gap year travellers are advised to take out travel insurance for their trips, as it could save a lot of unnecessary expenditure in the long term if belongings are lost or stolen or problems with travel emerge.
The reason for the rise in older gap year travellers could be because workers are finding they fail to have a lot of home life to themselves.
Chris Rolland, head of American Express Insurance Services, said: "For many working Brits it seems that there are never enough hours in the day. To escape from this, an increasing number of people are choosing to take a gap year at a later stage in life, having a financial advantage which enables them to travel in a little more luxury compared to their younger counterparts.
"Although the cost of travelling can add up, we would urge people not to cut corners when it comes to insurance."