Real Gap Bucks the Trend

Press Release: 2011-04-21


Demand for Gap Year Breaks Still Strong Despite Rush to Miss Hike in Tuition Fees


It has been widely reported that there has been adrop in applications from students who want to travel or work abroad before starting higher education. However, bucking the trend, Real Gap, the UK’s leading gap year and student travel adventure specialist, reveal a different story.


Sam Cox, Managing Director of Real Gap commented: “Is this the death of the Gap Year? Not at all – the number of gap breaks we organise is actually increasing year on year and judging by the inquiries and bookings we’ve been receiving for this summer, it certainly doesn’t seem to be viewed that way by young people, or their parents.


She continued “It is true that what they’re looking for is changing: Whilst we have many people that are looking to travel for a year or more, we’re also seeing a growing number that are choosing to travel for 3 or 6 months and incorporating a gap break into their year between school and university. You could argue that the traditional Gap Year is becoming more of a Gap Stint”.


Many aspiring University students will be also be remembering the £209,000 A level students that failed to make the grade, and missed out on a place at University last year. So there’s no doubt that the question on many a university applicant’s mind will be ‘what will I do if I don’t get accepted?’, and there’s no doubt that many of those answers will be a Gap Year of some sort.


With this underlying uncertainly of what the immediate future holds for students, Real Gap are offering some peace of mind: Travellers can book any Real Gap trip departing between the 1st November 2011 and the 30th June 2012 now, and if they are accepted into university and find that they can’t take a Gap Year before their studies, Real Gap Experience will refund everything!


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Jenny Spires – Marketing Director
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Jennifer Vieira - Marketing Executive
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