People embarking on a gap year and flying abroad should learn a foreign language because it is "economically beneficial".
Industry expert Teresa Tinsley, director of communications at the National Centre for Languages, explained that learning a foreign language allows a person to be more competitive in the future.
She said that a gap year abroad is the ideal opportunity to learn a foreign language, with many school leavers set to head off this year as they defer entry to university.
"We also need to increase the number of UK graduates competent to work internationally, to enable them to compete with multilingual counterparts across the world," she said.
Skyscanner’s co-founder and director Barry Smith recently said that the most effective way of learning a new language was to live in a particular country and take lessons, while also emphasising that it is a great addition to a CV.
TheTravelMagazine.net claimed earlier this month that the swine flu pandemic was not putting gapers off travelling overseas.