45% of gappers choose camera over best friend

Profile picture of
Vicky Philpott

View Profile All Posts
17th Jan 2014
Written by: Mary Short

45% of gappers choose camera over a best friend

What's the most important thing to take on a gap year?

We recently asked our gappers what the most important thing to take on a gap year was. An incredible 45% of the near-400 respondents said it would be their camera, while just 25% said it would be their best friend. A further 20% said their smart phone and 7% said their laptop. 

The news came as no surprise to Cormac Scanlan, gapyear.com's COO. A keen photographer himself, he said:

“For many gappers, a round the world trip can be the most significant and exciting travel experience of their life, so it doesn't surprise me that keeping a record of those experiential backpacking memories is high on a lot of people’s agenda. Of course, for anyone with even the slightest interest in photography, there are few greater opportunities to take amazing shots than a trip around the world.

On the flip side, for a lot of younger travellers, a gap year can also be a coming-of-age; the first time they've braved the world alone, meeting meet new people, making new friends and experiencing unfamiliar cultures. While travelling solo can seem be daunting, many embrace it for the life experience it brings. For those first time solo travellers, having their best friend along would probably seem like a bad idea."

Other interesting facts we found out about you lot in our annual gap year survey include…

  • 81% of those who’ve been on a gap year have not taken drugs 
  • 37% have not had any sexual partners
  • 44% have had 1-3 and 6% have had 10-15. Ooo you devils.

As for travel research tools for those who have been on a gap year – 31% of you still use guide books, while 29% use websites and 26% use other travellers met along the way.

If you want to know any more about the gapyear.com annual gap year survey email us at editor@gapyear.com.

Search

African Big 5 Wildlife Conservation

from £1264

14 - 84 days

South Africa

As a volunteer in the Greater Kruger area in South Africa, you will experience Africa's amazing wildlife through research drives...

South Africa and Lesotho Cape Town to Johannesburg

from £795

17 days

South Africa

Witness first-hand all that is fantastic about South Africa - stunning beaches, dense forests and abundant marine and bush wildlife.

In-Class TEFL Course in Tokyo

from £1600

20 days

Japan

Join our 4-week TEFL in-class course in Tokyo and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign language.

7 Day Surf Camp

from £490

7 days

Australia

Immerse yourself into the surf and beach lifestyle with us over an intensive 7 Day Surf Camp. 2 x 2...

Sports and Surfing in South Africa

from £1095

14 days

South Africa

Visit amazing Cape Town in South Africa when you volunteer alongside an international team teaching underprivileged children from townships to...

Community Care in Japan

from £2500

180 days

Japan

We offer several caring placement opportunities for volunteers. These are dedicated to helping residents with physical and learning disabilities and...

Teaching in Zanzibar

from £939

14 - 84 days

Tanzania

Located in a village right on the coast of Zanzibar, this project gives you the chance to assist with teaching,...

Combined TEFL Course in Michigan

from £935

5 days

United States of America

Join our 5-day combined TEFL course in Ann Arbor and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign...

International Business Internship In Hong Kong

from £1475

30 days

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is known as one of the most important and influential business hubs around the world.

Art Course in Transylvania

from £1595

7 days

Romania

Take an art course in beautiful Transylvania, Romania.

Search

San Francisco to New York

from £2239

Discover a chain of magnificent national parks in California, Arizona and New Mexico, Then travel through the southern stylings of...

Berlin to Venice

from £1249

Take the long road through Bohemia on this adventure-filled tour from Germany to Italy. Travelling from historical landmarks and medieval...

New Zealand North Island Discovery

from £1715

Be immersed in New Zealand’s indigenous Maori culture, including sampling the local Kai (food) and meeting Maori (first nation) people....

Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula

from £782

Encounter killer whales, bears and playful sea otters on this journey into Alaska's icy, but beautiful, heart. From Anchorage to...

Sunset to the Strip

from £1169

Get ready to party in the U-S-A and strut your way along the west coast from the sun-soaked vibes of...

Amazon Riverboat & Machu Picchu Adventure

from £1903

If you’re looking for the perfect combination of land and river, this adventure is for you. Once you’re on board...

Rio de Janeiro Carnival Hostel Experience

Carnival: There’s really no party on Earth like it. If you’re looking to get right down into the colourful thick...

Western Australia Adventure

When it comes to Australia, find out why the west is best on this 18-day adventure from Perth to Exmouth....

Galápagos — South & Central Islands aboard the Xavier III

from £2749

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend seven nights exploring...

Amsterdam Easter

Amsterdam beckons on this amazing 4 day Easter break from Topdeck. Canals, clogs, bikes, world class museums, the Red Light...

Search
[contact-form-7 id="4" title="Contact form 1"]