Qatar Airways announces daily Seychelles flights

Qatar Airways announces daily Seychelles flights

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 08:00

Qatar Airw...

HF Holidays highlight winter breaks

HF Holidays highlight winter breaks

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 14:00

HF Holidays is promoting a selection of winter getaway including a Christmas Craft Weekend at Dovedale in the Derbyshire Dales, Festive Walking At Dovedale, A Seasonal Stay at Malhamdale in...

Flybe puts more summer 2017 routes on sale

Flybe puts more summer 2017 routes on sa…

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 11:00

Flybe has put more early release routes on sale as part of its preliminary summer 2017 schedule.

YHA submits plans for London’s first ‘Super Hostel’

YHA submits plans for London’s first ‘Su…

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 08:00

A planning application has been submitted by YHA (England and Wales) to open its first Super Hostel in London.

£2.3million immigration hall upgrade plans at Bristol Airport

£2.3million immigration hall upgrade pla…

Monday, 24 October 2016 14:00

Following a major overhaul of the security search area for departing passengers, Bristol Airport has unveiled plans to address congestion in arrivals.

Intrepid targets socially conscious Gen Z with new Geckos age-range

Intrepid targets socially conscious Gen …

Monday, 24 October 2016 11:00

30 year olds will be ‘too old’ for Geckos Adventures next year, as the Intrepid Group has announced that it will cut the age range to meet a growing demand...

New survey reveals just one in 12 Brits manage to wangle an upgrade

New survey reveals just one in 12 Brits …

Monday, 24 October 2016 08:40

New research from has revealed that only 8% of British travellers have actually managed to secure a free upgrade for their holiday, with flight upgrades and hotel room upgrades...

Just You launches travel trade solo experience

Just You launches travel trade solo expe…

Friday, 21 October 2016 14:00

Just You has announced its largest investment to support the travel trade with the launch of 200 joint marketing events to promote solo travel.

Spontaneous people are happier according to Snaptrip survey

Spontaneous people are happier according…

Friday, 21 October 2016 11:00

Spontaneous people are often believed to lead more exciting or glamorous lifestyles and a new study has confirmed that they are happier in all aspects of their lives.

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver tickets for half term

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver …

Friday, 21 October 2016 09:00

Visitors to Brighton this October half term can save up to 20% on its top three paid-for attractions with combination tickets now available for British Airways i360, SEA LIFE Brighton...

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:00

There still’s time for agents to book a Croisieurope river cruise for their customers with a free cabin upgrade on a range of river cruises throughout Europe, when booked with...

Last minute autumn breaks available at Haven

Last minute autumn breaks available at H…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:00

Agents can still give their customers a last minute family break this autumn from £99 when booking a Haven holiday between now and November 5.

Skiers urged to head east for best piste costs reveals new report

Skiers urged to head east for best piste…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 08:00

Cash-conscious skiers can avoid the slippery slope of higher prices for their annual downhill trip by heading to ski resorts in Eastern Europe.

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS competition

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS co…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:00

Ferry operator, DFDS, is putting out a call to professional and amateur artists to create a poster that will be used in their 150th anniversary celebrations this year.

Savings on worldwide adventures with Explore

Savings on worldwide adventures with Exp…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:00

Explore has launched a new collection of worldwide adventures with a launch offer of up to 10% discount on all new trips booked by November 7.

New route to Seattle makes it one to watch for 2017

New route to Seattle makes it one to wat…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:12

Seattle is expected to be one of the fastest growing US destinations for UK travellers next year with a Virgin Atlantic direct non-stop daily flight launching March 2017, new hotel...


 Applications for university are up as students try to avoid the tuition fee rise that will see some courses cost nearly £30,000 from 2012, and because thousands missed out on places last year. With early signs indicating that scores of sixth-formers are considering opting out of the UK system completely and applying for places in universities abroad, now that the UCAS application deadline has passed, what other options do students have if they don’t get their place at university?
In the current climate it has become apparent that universities and employers are looking for a strong record of qualifications as well as seeing what students have achieved outside of the academic world. This is a great time to seize the opportunity to gain a life enhancing experience either for two weeks at Easter or during the summer holidays, or alternatively taking a full year to explore the world.
The gap year isn’t always about travelling abroad for a whole year, which only a percentage of students do enjoy, but could also be the opportunity for a new learning experience over a shorter period of time overseas. These experiences can put a student light years ahead of their competition as it gives them the opportunity to start a career path. This will give students the opportunity to test the waters, and to find out more about themselves, other communities, learn a new skill and offers the platform to become a well-rounded individual. Choosing a gap year gives a young individual a head start in networking, and shows future employers and universities how serious they are about learning, a student can even choose paid work to travel to fund the trip – they earn why they learn
Real Gap Experience offers vocational work experience around the world. We offer a plethora of opportunities including working with children, teaching children to training to become a videographer or even become a qualified dive instructor. We also offer paid work experience overseas which enables students to extend and fund the remained of a trip so that they do not have to worry about saving up all the money in advance. This is very popular in Australia. This is also an opportunity for students to test the waters and see if the type of work they try really is what they want to do in the long run.
We have examples of students who have changed their career path after gaining work experience. There are many vocational careers including nursing and social work where if you can demonstrate that you’ve spent time really working with communities you’ll have a distinct advantage. This may help a student get on to a degree course in the first instance, but it will also make a student stand out from the crowds at the end of their degree when they are applying for work.
Will the traditional Gap Year become extinct? Not at all – the number of gap breaks we organise is increasing year on year and judging by the inquiries and bookings we’ve been receiving this year it certainly doesn’t seem to be viewed that way by young people, or their parents.
We are seeing more travelling for shorter stints rather than the traditional year and overall more are looking for paid work or the opportunity to learn a new skill. It is true that what they’re looking for is changing: Whilst we have many people that are looking to travel for a year or more, we’re also seeing a growing number that are choosing to travel for three or six months and incorporating a gap break into their year between school and university. 
The whole work and university admissions arena is more competitive and we have grown with this and now offer trips that offer many transferable skills which can be picked up whilst travelling – for use at university and in their chosen career:
  • Think on your feet and for yourself 
  • Ability to organise yourself 
  • Ability to communicate with people from all different walks of life 

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