Redundancies Leading to More People Taking a Gap Year

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Volunteer travel companies see an increase in demand for people who have been made redundant wanting to volunteer abroad and take a gap year.

We also believe that potentially, the recession could have a positive impact on the career break market, since people will use redundancy as an opportunity to re-think their priorities and possibly change their career path. Taking time out can be a great way to reassess your life and people will be looking for opportunities that utilize and add to their skills.

The recession is currently having a significant impact on the employment market worldwide and it is becoming an increasing trend for people who have lost their jobs to embark upon gap year travel as many are using their redundancy pay to help fund their travels it has been claimed. Volunteer travel company I-to-I life changing travel is anticipating a potential increase in demand for those wishing to volunteer abroad over the next couple of years during this recession.

The Telegraph newspaper recently stated that taking time out for some gap year travel was being seen as a logical option to many at the moment and was providing the chance to take a "career break". It also stated that "Travel may also be a solution for new graduates unable to find a start to their career on this summer's milk round".

For those made redundant deciding to take a gap year, costs can vary depending upon where people travel to. Travelers may also be able to keep their budgets lower by renting out their properties whilst away. Many people plan to work or volunteer abroad whilst traveling with intention to develop new skills, and gain valuable experience that will add kudos to any CV for a return to work in the future.

Many people within the travel industry currently share this view such as Arvind Malhotra, managing director of specialist travel business FutureSense, who recently commented on the trend of gap year travel uptake in the current economic downturn.

"We also believe that potentially, the recession could have a positive impact on the career break market, since people will use redundancy as an opportunity to re-think their priorities and possibly change their career path. Taking time out can be a great way to reassess your life and people will be looking for opportunities that utilize and add to their skills."

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