Gap Year News for January 2012

News for January 2012

Pensioner finds paradise in English Channel

A British pensioner claims he has found his own piece of paradise in the English Channel where the water is heated to 20C all-year-round.

UK university applications fall

The number of UK students hoping to go to university in September has fallen by nearly 9% compared to 2011, the steepest fall for 30 years.

Australia Day 2012

Today’s Australia Day, a day to celebrate anything and everything to do with Australia. That includes kangaroos, lamingtons (they’re cakes apparently) and vegemite.

YouTube fight for Gold Coast flights

A gapyear.com video competition to send six backpackers to Australia has been a hit on video-sharing site YouTube with thousands of entry views and likes.

Northern Lights shine on Britain

The Northern Lights delivered one of its best-ever performances yesterday with an awe-inspiring show over Ireland, Scotland and northern England.

The Adventure Travel Show

It’s less than a week until The Adventure Travel Show, a show completely dedicated to adventure and travelling, and it’s going to be a great chance to discuss gap years.

Gapyear.com hits the road

The roadshows are back and gapyear.com is coming to a city near you. Each is going to be packed full of advice and information on gap years, so make sure you turn up!

The real mile high club

The mile high club is one of the most renowned clubs in the world and if joining the club is on your bucket list then one company has made it that much easier.

Brits happiest in Australia

A survey conducted by Skyscanner has shown that Brits are happiest backpacking and travelling in Australia more than any other country.

Hot air balloon over the Uluru

Visitors to Australia will now be able to enjoy hot air balloon flights over the historic landmark of the Uluru for the first time ever from March 2012.

Love is in the air

After meeting his own girlfriend on a flight, Will Scully Power decided to create wemetonaplane.com to let others lost in love find the person they were sitting next to.

The future of travel

Things are set to change for backpackers and travellers on a gap year with the emergence of virtual tour guides and eye-scanning passport control by 2020.

Gold Coast launches brilliant backpacker competition

Gold Coast Tourism have launched a new competition ‘I’m A Backpacker… Get Me In Here!’ in conjunction with gapyear.com and Qantas.

Northern Lights shine on Ireland

If you’re looking to see the Northern Lights in 2012 on a gap year then head to Ireland. For a limited period the Northern Lights will be seen in northern Irish skies.

Helen Skelton’s South Pole adventure

Helen Skelton is currently trekking 500 miles across the Antarctic, aiming to set a new world record for the longest bicycle journey on snow and once again raising money.

US gap years on the rise

A leading expert on education in the United States of America says more and more American students are thinking about taking a gap year in the near future.

The Outdoors Show

It’s only a week until The Outdoors Show, the UK’s largest show for outdoor pursuits, and it’s going be a great chance to get some gap years tips and ideas.

JustGiving Awards 2012

Nominations are now open for the JustGiving Awards 2012, celebrating the achievements of over 380,000 fundraisers.

World’s most visited museum

Love them or hate them, museums are a common attraction while travelling on a gap year, but what is the world's most visited museum?

Take a gap year in 2012

2012 looks set to be a great time to take a gap year and travel, volunteer or work abroad, suggest experts.