No Sex Please, We’re Backpacking! Are Gap Year Travellers Really that Sensible?

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Full Moon parties, neon paint and bucket-sized cocktails; that’s what gap years are all about, right? Not according to a new poll by gap year community website Gap Daemon, who commissioned polldaddy.com to ask under 25s for their views on youth travel and backpacking.

Gap Daemon gap year traveller survey October 2011

No Sex Please, We’re Backpacking!

There’s no doubt that going travelling changes, not only your world view, but your view of yourself. A gap year is - for most - the first truly independent journey of your life; it’s an experience that you never forget.

The Poll was carried out by Polldaddy.com on behalf of Gap Daemon and yes, a decent percentage of respondents had unprotected sex (10%) when abroad and yes, double that (19%) admitted to experimenting with drugs. But what’s really interesting is that sex, drugs and (presumably) rock’n’roll isn’t the main motivation for taking a gap year: getting under the skin of a culture and making friends is.

While only 4% claim they’d take a gap year to escape the parents, a whopping 51% want to get out there and experience new cultures. Meeting new people came second at 28%.

Is the doom and gloom of EuroZone taking its toll on young adults? They’re not so much pushing boundaries as running full pelt in the other direction...

Gap Daemon was founded to help more people get the best out of their gap years. We want gap years to be for everyone, not just the privileged few.

Speaking in London today Peter Duncan, one of the co-founders, said:

“There’s no doubt that going travelling changes, not only your world view, but your view of yourself. A gap year is - for most - the first truly independent journey of your life; it’s an experience that you never forget.”

Gap Daemon is a 21st-century travel companion that allows its users to plan, share, and save their experiences for life. The business provides a map based platform for a growing community of travellers to discover new cultures, meet new people and share advice.

The poll was of 500 18-25 year olds and conducted between 12th August 2011 and 12th September 2011

Take a look at the full survey results.

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