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Gap Year Bookings Surge Over the Weekend

Gap Year Bookings Surge Over the Weekend

Tuesday 30th August 2011

Post A Level results race for gap year projects abroad

According to Raleigh International students who received their A level results last week have caused a surge in travel arrangement bookings for gap years over the Bank Holiday weekend’ Young person’s specialist company STA Travel has reported a 35% sales boost in just a few days’ Volunteering projects have also enjoyed a boost in bookings too perhaps proving that students want to do something worthwhile with their time out from school and studying’ The intense competition for places at the university of their choice, mean that many astute students are also considering the quality of their CVs when deciding what to do on their gap years’ By volunteering and giving something back to communities, young people will learn a host of new skills, that’ll give them an edge over their peers when applying for jobs or higher education places back home’

STA Travel, Raleigh and other gap year travel companies have thought that students were delaying booking their journeys abroad until they received their exam results’ And then, depending on their results, make the decision whether to go through university clearing, or take a gap year instead’

John Constable, STA Travel’s group managing director, said: "Traditionally gap years are booked months in advance, however this year has seen young people holding off until they knew their results - however many had pre-planned itineraries and the booking was just a formality waiting to be completed’"

Raleigh International has also seen a significant rise in requests for trips to Costa Rica & Nicaragua, Borneo and India’ Rachel Collinson, of Raleigh, said: "With some students not making it into the university of their choice they have decided to take a gap year instead of going through clearing’"