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Increase in 'career backpackers'

26 January 2009 11:28

Increase in 'career backpackers'

Gap years travelling is becoming increasingly popular among people who bypassed the opportunity during their pre and post-university years, one industry expert has claimed.

Taking a year out between studies to go abroad has been a popular option for many school and university-leavers since they late 1990s when round-the-world packages started becoming more affordable.

And according to Tom Griffiths, founder of, many 25 to 35-year-olds are now realising the opportunities they missed and deciding to put their careers on hold to make up for lost time.

He explained that while 18 to 24-year-olds still make up the lion's share of gap year travellers (230,000 each year), demand among the next demographic has already reached 90,000 and is accelerating at a faster rate than for any other age group.

"Those travelling now are the ones that didn't actually take the gap year [when they left school]," Mr Griffiths explained. "Their friends did and they've suddenly hit thirty and are having a quarter life crisis."

He added that the most popular destination for older and experienced travellers is South America, while first-time gapers tend to focus on Asia and Australasia.ADNFCR-1320-ID-18449762-ADNFCR