2019: The Year of the Micro Gap

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When it comes to booking your next holiday, the early bird doesn’t necessarily get the worm. Making sure everything is planned months in advance is so last year. Literally. 2019 is all about living in the moment.

Last year, Visit England unveiled the micro gap trend; an affordable and flexible alternative to a long holiday, by taking regular breaks, closer to home throughout the year. This all means we can feel inspired and refreshed and experience all those amazing places, from as close as The Scottish Highlands to as far as Cyprus, without the huge costs of gap years or the difficult to negotiate extended periods of annual leave.

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So that got us thinking… in December, we surveyed 2,000 people about their holiday plans for 2019 and the results were interesting to say the least!

Nearly a quarter of 18-24 year olds have a list of things they’d like to achieve in 2019, with more than a third of them (36%) planning to take more short breaks in the UK and Europe than last year. 60% of them said they would like to see new destinations that they have not visited before!

And it’s not just the youngsters that are seizing the day. 18% of respondents from all ages said that they have a ‘bucket list’ of travel to complete in their lifetime, with 30% of them saying that they also plan to take more short breaks in the UK and Europe in 2019 and 41% of them wanting to see a natural phenomenon, like the Northern Lights.

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Out of the people asked, there were just 3% who say they are planning a traditional gap year this year – whereas, 11% of people are planning on taking a full ‘micro gap’ year in 2019, ensuring they are taking part in regular new experiences which are closer to home.

So there you have it, the UK and Europe offer a treasure trove of incredible destinations to discover, sights to see and experiences to get involved in. And the stats back it up. From North Iceland to Poland and Switzerland to Spain, we have everything to ensure your ‘micro gap’ year is one to remember.

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Start your ‘micro gap’ year here!

 

*All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 2002 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 20th – 21st December 2018.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

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