A new study by an independent cruise comparison website has revealed that 19% of 17-21 year olds want to ‘work on a cruise line’ for a gap year, a quarter of which state it is because it would be an ‘exciting experience.'A further 31% of these would prefer to travel around ‘South East Asia’ during their gap year. The research was conducted by CruiseCompare.co.uk in a bid to discover more about how young people across Britain would like to potentially spend a gap year.
The research polled 1,294 people aged 17-21 to find out what percentage planned to take a gap year at some point and how they'd like to spend it.
Respondents to the study were initially asked if they were intending to take a significant amount of time out at some point to travel and experience different parts of the world, otherwise known as a gap year. More than two thirds of those who took part, 68%, answered ‘yes.'
The study found that the most desirable way to spend a gap year amongst the respondents who wanted to take one was travelling around ‘South East Asia,’ with 31% agreeing. Second to South East Asia, with 24% of the respondents agreeing, was taking part in a ‘road trip around the United States.' A further fifth of those wishing to take a gap year would like to spend it ‘working on a cruise liner’.
Of the respondents who admitted that working on a cruise liner would be their ideal gap year, 26% stated that it was because it would be an ‘exciting experience,’ whilst a tenth, 12%, explained that the ‘earning potential' was their reason for choosing work on a cruise liner. Furthermore, more than two fifths, 42%, of the respondent agreed that their gap year should be an opportunity to ‘experience different cultures’, with a further 39% stating that they intend to ‘earn money’ when on their gap year.
Only 9% stated that it should be a time to ‘relax and unwind’.
Danielle Fear, the company's managing director, said: “Many people see a gap year as a once in a lifetime experience and a real chance to experience new countries, cultures and ways of life. Working on a cruise liner would certainly offer the opportunity to visit different countries and some cruises travel the globe for several months at a time; giving passengers and staff a great deal of time to soak up each location that the liner visits.
“Travelling around the US or South East Asia is a very popular choice amongst those who take time out of education to travel, however a cruise allows people to experience several different locations, but with the added security of knowing where you are going to lay your head at night. The main priority of travelling is that people are safe and enjoy themselves. It really is a great experience and the locations chosen should be a personal choice.”