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    Cormac
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    I’m an old coat. I’m still about, occasionally… 🙄

    #493162 Reply

    Cormac
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    Have you thought about a travel guitar?

    This one is about £100 — no idea if it’s any good as I was only vaguely aware of their existence, but the reviews seem solid enough!

    #493158 Reply

    Cormac
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    jbroadstock wrote:
    Thank you both of you. I think I've sucked as much information as I can out of the internet now. You seem to know a lot about gap years Cormac, I'm impressed. If you're interested, the Office of National Statistics in the UK provide some relevant travel statistics, labelling travellers as 'short term migrants' when they travel between 3 - 12 months. Which is a gap year, right?

    Thanks Jonathan. Yeah, I’ve picked up a few things in my decade here! Haha! ;-P
    The 3-12 month window definitely falls into the gap year definition. Do you have a link to that page by any chance — the ONS website is almost famously difficult to use (as often referenced on the BBC’s More or Less podcast)? 😉
    jbroadstock wrote:
    The next thing and probably most important thing I'm looking for now is, what are the chances of gap year companies offering affiliate programs? I'm very interested in helping people organise their gap years with established gap year travel companies.

    There are numerous businesses with affiliate marketing opportunities for established businesses, though it’s less common for individuals. A couple of options might be to look into working as a travel consultant at a travel company, or pitch yourself as a brand ambassador.

    #493154 Reply

    Cormac
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    Hi Jonathan, and welcome to the gap year messageboards!
    In terms of major academic research, the last significant global look at the gap year industry was the July 2005 Mintel report. As an individual, it is probably too pricey for you to get hold of, but if your university has a subscription service, they may be able to source it for you.
    It has been widely cited online, so some vigorous Googling around it should help your investigation. In 2007 the Telegraph published an article with various high-level statistics from the report, for example.
    At the time, Mintel’s economists valued the overall gap year industry at around £5billion a year, with their business forecasters predicting it would grow to £11billion a year by 2010. Unfortunately a follow-up paper has not been produced, so the best Mintel data available is 10 years old.
    There have been more recent reports and surveys on the global market, though most of these won’t have been conducted with the same level of rigour as the Mintel report.
    Over the years, gapyear.com has worked with YouGov to conduct lower-level industry analyses, but these have typically been focused on a particular aspect of gap years. For example in 2011 250 HR professionals were surveyed on the value of a working gap year, which may be of interest to you.
    Lastly — and perhaps most relevantly — CAYT produced a paper in 2012 on trends and long-term outcomes of the gap year industry in the UK, self described as:

    the first quantitative evidence on the characteristics and outcomes of gap year takers in the UK

    I’ve left it for last as it definitely isn’t an easy or accessible read, but it is freely available, and does have a strong academic grounding and plenty of demographic data on UK gap years.
    Hope that helps! 🙂

    #493133 Reply

    Cormac
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    Thank me later! 😉

    #493115 Reply

    Cormac
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    I haven’t started mine yet

    #493052 Reply

    Cormac
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    My favourite recent ones are definitely the reactions to Robert Mugabe’s attempts to censor photos of him falling over.
    The original image

    A few of the brilliant reactions




    #493016 Reply

    Cormac
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    Great advice Gavin. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    #493007 Reply

    Cormac
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    If you can get away with it, planning flights well in advance and travelling with hand-luggage only, can save you a lot, especially on short haul. Obviously this isn’t the right approach in a lot of situations, but often worth asking the question — would it be cheaper to buy this stuff when I arrive instead?

    #492980 Reply

    Cormac
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    Vicky wrote:
    it's also pretty good having the one with the screen on the back so I can aim my photo and video

    Totally agree with this. I’ve played with the one without the screen a bit and — as someone quite fussy about my footage — the inability to preview a shot to compose it, is definitely a bit frustrating. That said, if you’re just attaching it to a headcam or a bike or something, you can still get some pretty awesome action footage. Kind of depends on the style of footage you want, but I’ll probably buy one too at some point, as it does give you more options.

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