How many are on your bucket list?
You might have noticed that we quite like gap years. British students quite like them, too, and now ABTA (the UK’s largest travel association) has revealed 2015’s top 10 gap year destinations.
There aren’t any shock upsets on the list, with Australia retaining the crown while the places below it shift only a little. New Zealand has moved up a place from its 2014 result to 2nd, while Thailand has slipped down to 6th, Vietnam leapfrogging it into 5th. The USA and Peru complete the top 5.
The list is finely balanced between cheaper destinations, such as Thailand and Vietnam, and countries likely to hit the wallet a little harder like the USA and Canada, which might offer some insight into the types of gap years travellers are seeking.
“Although a gap year still represents an opportunity to relax and enjoy themselves, increasing numbers of gappers are looking to gap year specialists to provide them with opportunities to gain work experience,” says ABTA.
It also identifies a move toward adventure gap years that involve trekking, biking and rafting, as well as the increased popularity of volunteering trips.
Here’s the complete top ten: