One in three Brits embarking on a gap year have done so because of the downturn in the economy.
This is according to new findings from InsureandGo, which found that 37 percent of the 8.9 million people who have recently taken a year out have done so to escape the economic "doom and gloom".
InsureandGo founder Perry Wilson said that larger numbers of people are being encouraged to go away for at least a couple of months to remove themselves from "the seemingly constant flow of bad news in the UK".
"Taking some time off is a great thing to do to escape the grind of everyday life, whether people are taking a career break or whether they are a graduate embarking on a gap year," he commented.
Skyscanner co-founder and director Barry Smith recently described the emerging trend of "tactical gappers", a term used to describe college leavers who combine travelling with specialist work experience. (read article: Tactical Gap Years)
Real Gap Experience said yesterday (October 20th) that Canada is increasing in popularity as a gap year destination.