Almost A Third of Gap Year Takers Underestimate How Much Money They'll Need
28% of gappers cite money and financial worries as the biggest challenge during their time away, as the leading online travel insurance site Essential Travel found during a recent survey.
However, with 34% of those surveyed taking less than two weeks to plan their trip of a lifetime, this comes as little surprise. What is worrying is that with ABTA estimating that nearly one in four of Brits (24%) are travelling abroad without insurance, Essential Travel is concerned that gappers may be tempted to cut costs by foregoing travel insurance and so put themselves at risk.
In an effort to prevent this, Essential Travel are reducing their Backpacker insurance by 15% until 1st September, 2013.
Essential Travel's insurance expert Nina Montgomery cautions anyone on a gap year not to leave themselves vulnerable: "No one likes to think about what could go wrong but a good travel insurance policy will cover you for things like cancellation and baggage as well as medical emergencies including costs like repatriation. If cash strapped gap year takers are deciding not to take out travel insurance this could be a costly mistake should something happen."
Essential Travel has also created its Career Gap Campaign to help gappers plan their time away...and put together a realistic budget. It also includes step by step advice from leading money, CV, and gap year experts, as well as real life stories from people have done it - from volunteering to working as a ski rep, to teaching English in Japan.
You can find Essential Travel's detailed advice and a step by step guide to creating a dream career break, at http://www.essentialtravel.co.uk/travelinsurance/backpacker-insurance/career-gap/
Essential Travel is one of the UK's leading online travel extra providers, providing priority access to the most sought after car parks, hotels and lounges at all major airports across the UK. Essential Travel is now part of Thomas Cook UK Ireland. For further information visit http://www.essentialtravel.co.uk; or call 0845 803 5434 free.
Essential Travel's Gap Advice Tasters
How To Use A Gap Year To Boost Your CV:
"Employers are receiving many CVs with first class degrees etc but a gap year can provide an applicant with the opportunity to stand out from the crowd in terms of life experiences that have matured you as an individual and give you much deeper insights to the outside world. Do think about how these experiences have made you a more rounded individual with a wider portfolio of skills that will be of benefit to an organisation."
Elizabeth Bacchus of The Successful CV
Budgeting On A Career Break:
"Don't think you can't afford hotels - you can with the right budget. For example over a two week period of travel, you are better to vary your accommodation options all the time. Spend a few nights in hostels, try couch surfing, sleep on night buses, sleep on airports, stay with friends. If you have had some free accommodation during those 14 days, you'll be able to squeeze out a really decent night in a comfortable hotel with hot showers and a comfortable bed. I'd gladly live in a tent for 14 days to get my 15th day in a 3 star hotel. I normally treat myself once every 3 weeks to a night in a three star hotel. "
Jonny Blair of Don't Stop Living
Leaving The Comfort Zone - Teaching English in Japan
"The biggest challenge was when I was dropped off at my new apartment. I was on my own and it suddenly dawned on me I was on the other side of the world, and I didn't speak or read Japanese. I was soon to be expected to teach up to 700 students per week in three different Japanese schools and besides the interview and the one week's training and orientation I had never taught before. This sudden wave of panic and fear took me back for a moment but then I realised that being this far out of my comfort zone and doing something so alien to me was my whole point in being there and that a challenge and new experiences was exactly what I was looking for."
Design Engineer, Simon Stannard
Au Pairing on A Career Break
"Despite the spoilt kids, neurotic parents and living in a room where I could theoretically shower and cook spaghetti at the same time, I would definitely recommend au pairing. The experience allowed me to live in Paris rent-free, with a job that is both rewarding and fun (most of the time)."
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