Iconic backpacker destination Thailand has slipped down the rankings among “gap year” countries popular with young British travellers, according to UK travel industry association ABTA, with English-speaking Australia, NZ and the US occupying the top three spots this year. Vietnam has risen from eighth to fifth in popularity. “Gap year” students are also reportedly looking for work experience and volunteering opportunities. Here’s the new top 10:
- New Zealand
The “gap year” is a major undertaking not to be taken lightly, so here are different points of view dredged from Twitter:
— ABTA (@ABTAtravel) August 12, 2015
— ABTA Magazine (@ABTA_Magazine) August 13, 2015
My e-newsletter today includes my list of great books for my daughter to read on her gap year: http://t.co/zY7sOsHCLr You agree with these?
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) August 13, 2015