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Gap years abroad 'popular with baby boomers'

Wed 8th Sep 2010

Older people are now trying their hand at taking a gap year, possibly as a view to taking up the expatriate lifestyle, research has found.

Tom Griffiths, founder of, commented that the financial downturn that saw many young professionals being made redundant has had a similar effect on older workers, with the result that taking a year's sabbatical has become a popular choice for some of the baby boomer generation.

"We are seeing a lot of those take advantage of cheap travel now and heading off for extended trips of three, four or five weeks - not just in Spain, but as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and America" he explained.

Mr Griffiths pointed out that becoming redundant might be the perfect opportunity for someone to take a break from employment and go travelling, perhaps with the view to investing in an expatriate lifestyle.

It is a lot cheaper to be unemployed in some countries than it is in many travellers' home nations, he added.

His comments come after research from Santander Credit Cards showed that 12 per cent of British adults have taken a gap year or work sabbatical in the past and a further eight per cent are planning to do so in the future.

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