Gap years ‘will change’ in 2009

An expert has predicted that people will definitely still go on gap year holidays in 2009 and beyond – but that they may be changed slightly as a result of the credit crunch.
 
Arvind Malhotra of FutureSense, which runs a company called GapGuru, said that youngsters between school and university will most likely be more careful with their cash – perhaps thanks to the looming top-up fees they face upon their return.
 
However, this does not mean they will stop going on them altogether – instead, sabbaticals may be booked at the last minute and trips will become more focused, as opposed to the leisurely jaunt round the world that has been the prerogative of the gap year traveller in the past.
 
Mr Malhotra predicts that students will go on much shorter trips instead.
 
Commenting on why people are so determined to still jet off, he remarked: “Taking time out can be a great way to reassess your life and people will be looking for opportunities that utilise and add to their skills.”
 
In related news, Gapyear.com recently told the Times that people who have been made redundant are now increasingly taking sabbaticals to go travelling while the current recession dies down.

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