Finishing school or changing careers can present the ideal opportunity to take some time off to go on the epic trip you’ve been dreaming of. But taking a gap year or a career break aren’t always options for people who are passionate about travel.
New research from VisitEngland reveals that while 82% of 18 to 34-year-olds would be interested in taking a career break to travel within the next three years. However, only 8% of those millennials in full-time employment say they are likely to do so. There’s a number of reasons that taking some time off to travel is a dream for many – 59% say they want to explore new cultures, 34% want to tick something off their bucket list, and 25% would like to volunteer or support a good cause while travelling, according to the survey. But those dream trips are easier said than done; 75% of respondents said the main barrier is financial constraints, while 41% worried about the impact on their job progression.
In response to this, VisitBritain is positing the idea of “microgapping” – or taking a shorter breaks near to home. About 64% liked the idea of doing so within the UK, and 57% said they would likely go within the next three years.
Changes to the way people work have opened up new opportunities to make those trips a reality, according to VisitEngland. Less people are working 9 to 5, with 40% of millennials surveyed in the UK saying their employers offer flexible working hours. That’s why 79% say that their flexible working arrangements do, or would make them more likely to travel.
That means that more people look to take a short break from home, rather than a full year or more of travel. It’s an idea that already holds appeal, as 58% say that being able to stay employed is the greatest benefit. But what can be achieved on a short trip? The respondents were looking for similar things they would on a gap year, like relaxation and well-being (50%), seeing iconic landmarks (41%), trying local food and drink (33%), learning new skills (16%) and supporting good causes (13%).