Increasing numbers of redundancies are causing more people to book flights abroad in order to embark on a ‘grown-up’ gap year.
This is according foreign currency company Travelex, which said that the recession had given rise to a new generation of ‘grown-up gappers’.
Founder of gapyear.com Tom Griffiths said that increasing numbers of young professionals are booking flights to Thailand using their redundancy money after losing their jobs.
"You can live in Thailand for £5 a day," he commented.
"Thailand seems to be filling up with a number of these young professionals who find it’s actually cheaper to be unemployed and to live in south-east Asia."
Mr Griffiths added that people were beginning to realise the positive value of having a year out abroad because "you’re not sitting back looking unemployed".
According to the Travelex poll, more than three-quarters (78 percent) of those who had recently lost a job were planning on using their time to travel.
People aged between 30 and 55 were the most likely to go travelling (63 percent), while 32 percent of 18-24-year-olds were considering a year abroad.