Gap Year News for August 2011

News for August 2011

Melbourne ranked as ‘the best place to live'

Many of us have thought it but Melbourne has finally been voted as ‘the best place to live in the world'.

Underground has the ‘best looking travellers’

London’s Underground is a hot place to be, not just because there’s no air conditioning or circulation, but because it has the best looking travellers.

Students flock to South East Asia over Australia

Record numbers of gap year students are shunning Australia in favour of South East Asia, according to research from Travelex.

Malaria outbreak in Greece

Six cases of malaria have been reported in Greece since June 2011, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

Flying through cyber space

The airline carrier, United Airlines, is joining the technological revolution by throwing the manual out the window and by giving its pilots 11,000 iPads.

Google Street View maps the Amazon

If you’re planning a trip to the Amazon then it’s now viable to use Google Street View. They state that it ‘creates an opportunity to experience the wonders of the Amazon’

Backpackers buoyed by new Perth flights

Travellers down under will soon enjoy more flight options between Australia and South East Asia following new plans announced by China Southern Airlines.

'Go for a working gap year', say recruiters

If the extra pressure for university places this year has meant your A-Level results have not hit the mark, a working gap year could be the ideal alternative.

Older gappers cause rise in insurance claims

A significant rise in travel insurance claims has been attributed partly to the increase in older travellers taking gap years.

The new gapyear.com

Gapyear.com has re-launched. We’re on a new and much-improved technical platform. The site is bigger, better and faster than it’s ever been before.

Burning Man 2011 biggest yet

This year’s Burning Man Festival in Nevada has sold out. For the first time in its 25-year history, ticket sales have had to be stopped ahead of the event.

Gap years ‘taking root’ in China

More and more Chinese youngsters are planning a gap year, according to the country’s biggest-selling English-language newspaper.

Gap year activity ‘will help with UCAS points’

A new qualification will allow applicants for UK universities to get credit for their gap year activities.

Notting Hill Carnival set to go ahead

London’s biggest street festival looks set to go ahead despite the recent riots in the UK capital.

Balloon fiesta beats weather

This year’s annual Bristol Balloon Fiesta is being hailed a success after winds eased.

More Brits planning to work in Australia

The strong Australian dollar appears to be drawing Brits planning a working gap year.

Foreign Office trials crisis SMS service

The Foreign Office has set up a trial service with mobile phone network Vodafone to deliver emergency text messages to travellers.

Culture Night marks Reykjavik recovery

The high point of this year’s annual Culture Night in Iceland’s capital will be the official opening of the Harpa, concert and conference centre.

Plan your gap year for 2012-2013

English students should wait to 2013 for a better deal on university fees – according to the country’s #1 student funding official.