Gap Year News for December 2011

News for December 2011

The time-travelling island of Samoa

Samoa has jumped across the international date line and will now be one of the first places to greet the new year.

Land of the rising gap year

A leading university in Japan is considering moving its course start-dates to fit in with a growing interest in gap years.

Is this the world’s scariest tourist attraction?

Preikestolen, also known as Pulpit Rock, certainly gets the palms sweating and it could well be the world’s scariest tourist attraction.

Travel heroes and villains of 2011

It’s no major surprise but Ryanair has been named the villain of the year in a poll of business travel agents and travel management companies.

Thai airline employs ‘ladyboys’

Thailand is famous for a number of things; its amazing attractions, its beautiful beaches and its colourful cuisine to name but a few. It’s also famous for its ladyboys.

World’s best hostel revealed

Backpacking wouldn’t be the same without hostels. Love them or loathe them, they’re a gap year necessity and an essential part of travelling.

Passengers to find 'seat-mates' on Facebook

Dutch airline KLM plans to let passengers check-in through social network sites and pick who they sit next to on their flight.

Deceased couple go on gap year adventure

A Canadian woman has used social media to help fulfil her dead parents' wish to travel around the world

Government criticised by volunteering company

One of the UK’s biggest volunteering companies has attacked government plans to subsidise young people planning a gap year volunteering abroad.

Fly direct to Vietnam on a gap year

Travelling to Vietnam on a gap year has just become a lot easier due to direct flights into and out of the country.

Students need to ‘broaden their horizons’

Students in the UK are being warned that they need to develop an international outlook to further their careers.

Amelia, 16, conquers the South Pole

Amelia Hempleman-Adams has completed the adventure of a lifetime and become the youngest person to ski to the South Pole aged just 16.

2.5 million young adults considering gap years

We’ve been saying it for a while now but it seems as if 2012 really is the year of the gap year with 2.5 million young adults considering a gap years.

Pilot in mile-high scandal

A pilot has been caught in a mile-high scandal in the first class section of a plane flying from London to Australia.

The world’s fastest man

Espen Fadnes may not be a bird or a plane but you could mistake him for Superman as he soars through a Norwegian gorge at 155mph.

Minister salutes volunteers

UK Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, has praised the work of volunteers with the government’s pilot International Citizen Service.

Gap year skiing in Bulgaria

For those of you looking to go skiing on your gap year in 2012 then look no further than Bulgaria.

I’m a backpacker... Get me in here!

Do you think you've got what it takes to be the Gap Year King or Queen of the Jungle? Then enter our brand new competition 'I’m a Backpacker... Get Me in Here!'

World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day, a day in which people unite in the fight against HIV / AIDS and a day in which people commemorate those who have died.