Gap year thrillaxing, the new travel trend

Forget lazing on a beach in Australia or chilling in a bar in Brazil on your gap year; thrillaxing is the new big thing.

Thrillaxing, relaxing through getting active while on a holiday or gap year, is apparently the new thing to do according to a survey by iExplore.

Of those that were surveyed, two thirds believed that choosing a more adventurous trip is the key to escaping the stresses of their day-to-day lives, and 75% found that keeping active abroad helps take their minds off what’s happening at home and in the office.

The survey also suggest that holidays and gap years which engage both body and mind give you more things to talk about while away, with 58% saying this is one of the biggest benefits of an active break

Rob Lauren, spokesperson for iExplore, said: “Our research highlights that, contrary to traditional holiday thinking, keeping both body and mind stimulated with new experiences whilst away is fundamental to recharging your batteries".

Carl Cross, head of Adventure, Youth and Independent Travel at Flight Centre, said: “Adventure Travel is one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry in the UK and one that is known to be reasonably recession proof as people still want to get away and explore new and exciting destinations with the safety and security that small group adventures allow.”

Flight Centre and Round the World Experts have taken advantage of the new demand for thrillaxing and adventure gap years by launching an adventure sale with up to 30% off a range of adventure products, with brands such as Gap Adventures, Intrepid Travel, and On the Go Tours on offer at discounted prices for the next two weeks. If you’re looking for an adventure gap year then now would be a good time to book.

“Whether it is sailing down the Nile, trekking in Peru, exploring the golden triangle in India or taking a safari or overland tour in Africa, there are hundreds of deals available right now, and unlike some sales most of these are valid for peak travel times as well as last minute getaways” commented Cross.

For those of you looking for a thrillaxing gap year, why not post-war Libya? They don’t come more off the beaten track than Libya and it’s an up-and-coming destination for 2012.

Another thrillaxing gap year would be trekking in the Himalayas in Nepal.

What would your ideal adventurous gap year be? What are the things that excite you whilst backpacking and travelling?