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The Resurgence of the Gap Year

With rising university prices many students over the past few years missed out on a gap year to hurriedly find a cheaper place at university.

Likewise, the older generation may not have had the luxury of taking a year out to travel or even just a few months. Many may not have had the courage to travel so far for so long. However, recent trends suggest that the gap year or a similar trend has been attracting wanderlust stricken individuals in the best possible way.

Whether you are 80 and finally have the time out to tour Uzbekistan, you are in your mid or quarter-life crisis and you finally have the money to explore Asia for a month, or you are a young person who has plucked the courage to travel for a year but who may want the company of a small group of like-minded souls, we have the answer.

Our range of Escorted Tours range from 7 days to 365 days and we can create a bespoke trip for any individual. From travelling through Latin America with Latin Routes, seeing North America with North American Travel Service, embarking on an Expedition or Adventure, driving through the Rockies or discovering icebergs and fjords with Hurtigruten.  Whether you want to backpack through Patagonia and sleep in a tent, visit the bazaars in Morocco and stay with a local family, or simply see the famous sights but stay in your own hotel room, then our tours come in a range of lengths, styles and levels of comfort.

You can choose your tours by style, such as a hiking, cycling or boat tour. By climate – desert, arctic or mountain. By sights – wildlife, cultural or historical. Simply call us on 0121 213 0012 for more information and advice about where to go for your trip of a lifetime. Don’t just create memories, create experiences.

We work closely with Intrepid, a respected tour operator, to offer experiences that you can tell your children about. Take a hot air balloon over Jaipur and then choose to stay with a local family and pitch in with cooking the dinner, or explore the ancient Angkor temples in Cambodia and then retire to a comfortable hotel. Gap years and adventurous travelling are no longer just for students; with family-friendly tours and low physical exertion trips, everyone can travel the world.

If roughing it isn’t your style, why not try the ultimate in luxury with Insight Vacations, where you can visit the American South whilst staying in a real ranch.  Or visit Asia with Wendy Wu, fully inclusive and escorted, so you don’t need to think about anything but bringing your camera. For luxury around the world, Cox & Kings offer destinations that combine tours with stays in some of the most sought-after hotels. 

We can also offer extra excursions wherever you are so you can facilitate your own excursions even on a different holiday. If you are in Thailand, contact us to book your trip to Phi Phi islands with extra savings.  If you are in New York, contact us to book a Street Art tour with Intrepid.  Or perhaps an Urban Adventure full day food-tasting tour in Iran, enjoying Persian delicacies.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t just go on holiday, live your holiday. For more ideas call us on 0121 213 0012 and we can offer extra savings on the tour operator prices.


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