Gap Year News for October 2011

News for October 2011

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Northern Lights brighten up North America

Freak solar activity yesterday saw the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, leave the confines of the Poles and stretch much further than usual.

Qantas flights returning to normal

Australian airline Qantas has resumed flying following a tribunal decision ordering an end to the dispute that grounded all flights on Saturday.

Wales voted ‘world’s best region’ for 2012

Forget about heading to Australia or Thailand on your gap year; instead you should be heading to Wales, according to Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2012.

Thai floods affect gap year backpackers

Those travelling to Thailand have been advised by the FCO to avoid all but essential travel to the Thai capital Bangkok as flood waters continue to rise.

Fewer Brits heading for Uni

There’s more evidence 2012 will be a boom year for gap years as applications for UK university places are down 9% from this time last year.

Sex toy note angers traveller

A woman has been left feeling embarrassed and angry after airline staff leave her a note after finding a sex toy in her luggage.

Bangkok braces for flood

Millions of Thais are bracing themselves for further floods with certain danger zones being evacuated.

New Zealand wins Rugby World Cup

New Zealand has won the Rugby World Cup for the first time since 1987 after beating an inspired French side by a single point.

Competition winner plans focused gap year

The winner of's World Culture Competition has said that she plans to use her prize of a round the world flight to develop her passion for photography.

Prawns in their pants? No way mate…

Three European backpackers who had fine dining on their minds have been caught with prawns in their pants in an Australian supermarket.

Golden night at TNT Backpack Awards

It may not be the Brits or the BAFTAs but the glitz and glam has hit London once again at last night’s TNT Magazine’s Golden Backpack Awards.

Need a job? Head to New Zealand

With the rugby world cup on Sunday and summer just around the corner the Kiwis have a lot to look forward to, but it’s not just Kiwis with a bright future.

Gap years in 'post-war Libya'

Backpackers and travellers are always looking to get off the beaten track and to explore the unknown. Well, they don’t come more off the beaten track than Libya.

Viral video star dances round the world

A Canadian blogger is going viral on YouTube with his travel montage titled 'Dance Like No One Is Watching', but is it the best backpacker dance video ever?

10,000 free flights to Japan

The disaster-hit country hopes to revive flagging tourist numbers by proposing an unprecedented flight giveaway from which backpackers could benefit.

Yeti 'proof' could spark wildlife expeditions

New 'evidence' has led some scientists to state they are '95 percent sure' that the Yeti exists, raising possibilities for new gap year wildlife expeditions.

Killer sharks 'invade' golf course

A golf club in Queensland has revealed that their water hazards are more perilous than ever, thanks to the presence of six stranded sharks in the course lake.

Man faces prison for ‘insulting’ Thai king

An American citizen faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to 'insulting' the Thailand monarch by posting a critical blog article about him.

Airline operates Britain's first biofuel flight

A leading UK airline has operated Britain's first flight powered using cooking oil, but has been criticised by environmental groups.

Taj Mahal could collapse ‘within five years’

India's famous Taj Mahal, a must-see destination for many backpackers on their gap year, could collapse unless 'immediate' conservation action is taken.

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