Employees who are facing redundancy are viewing now as the ideal time to do the travelling they have always wanted to do, a leading travel organisation has said.
Nadia Daer, a trekker coordinator for Gapforce, said that people who have recently lost their job want to do something "worthwhile" with their time before finding a new one.
"I’ve been talking to more and more [people who have been made redundant] recently, who are feeling now they are going to do [the] travel they have always wanted to do," she said.
Ms Daer added that a number of graduates are choosing to go travelling once they leave university, either because they’re unsure of what they want to do or because they are struggling to find a job.
According to figures from One Life Live, 350,000 people have realised their travel ambitions during the past 12 months.
The USA recently topped the list of most-desired gap year destinations, followed by Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.