The gap year may be a thing of the past in England. According to the Daily Mail, due to upcoming hikes in tuition, students are foregoing the tradition of taking a year off before heading to university to travel and work abroad. Canada is a popular choice for gappers with 5,000 one-year work visas available to U.K. citizens age 18 to 35 this year through the International Experience Canada program.
The bulk of seasonal employees in major tourist towns like Whistler and Banff, are gappers, who also come from Australia, New Zealand and Ireland where a gap year overseas is commonplace. Some spend the winter in ski towns and then travel to cities to find summer work and see more of the country; with our close proximity to the U.S., many work for six months and then travel North America for the remainder of their year. Catering to gap year students looking for help in planning their trip and sorting through the application process has seen a variety of companies pop up in England, like adventure groups, trip planners and programs for those that want to volunteer for school credit.