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Gap year destinations 'changing'

Published: Thursday, 21 August 2008   Category: Life after graduation

An increasing number of gap year travellers are heading to more risky destinations, according to a new survey.

Research from social networking site Bebo has revealed that locations such as Kenya, Columbia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela are becoming more popular with student and post-grad travellers.

These are all destinations with degrees of travel warnings issued against them by the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

According to the Press Association, more British gap year travellers are also opting to travel by themselves.

The Bebo survey also highlighted that due to funding issues, 63 per cent of gap year travellers only plan on travelling for six months as opposed to a full year.

A study by LV revealed that in the last five years up to 12 per cent of Britons travelling abroad have visited countries that the FCO has advised against travel to.


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