Once a celebration of schooling and foray into tertiary studies, the tides of gap year are finally changing.
Many Britons aged over 45 years old are now taking their own ’grown-up gap year’, according to a new study.
The research, revealed by online money transfer company Azimo, found almost half of the age demographic had already done so.
A further 37 per cent dream of taking one in the future, promoting the pursuit of travel dreams at any age.
The research surveyed 1,000 adults in the UK, finding 94 per cent of them would take a gap year without their children in order to appreciate it more.
More than half (51 per cent) said greater financial stability had made the timing better for them than when they were younger.
Almost half (46 per cent) cited less pressure to join the career ladder.
Unsurprisingly the destinations most favoured for a grown-up gap year differed from those of a traditionally younger one.
Instead of youth hotspots like Southeast Asia and South America, over-45s are opting for European culture and stunning scenery in the transatlantic.
The top five destinations according to the study were Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and Italy.
Conversely the five most avoided locations were Brazil, Cuba, Philippines, Singapore and Colombia.
It’s not just over-45s opting for grown-up gap years – 40 per cent of 35-44-year-olds dream of taking 12 months off to explore another corner of the world.
Azimo co-founder and CEO Michael Kent said: “When it comes to travel, age is nothing but a number.
“It’s much more feasible now than ever before to travel for long periods of time, and we’re proud to support nomads of all ages by enabling them to access money quickly, easily and cheaply when they’re overseas.”
There’s no denying the appeal of extended time off, especially for Britons who on average want to take a break just 29 days after they return from a holiday.
Research has revealed office fatigue sets in less than four weeks after getting back from a break as the daily grind starts to affect work performance.
Mike Greenup of Holiday Inn Express, which commissioned the survey, said: “Everyone knows getting away can be restorative and help counterbalance our busy work lives.
“But it’s interesting to see just how often people feel they need to be having a break to remain happy, productive and stress-free.”