The money saving website www.myvouchercodes.co.uk conducted a survey about how many 18-24 year olds had taken a gap year or were planning on doing so. They asked: “Would you like to take a Gap Year to travel?”

They found:
• Yes I am planning on before university – 6%
• Yes I am planning on after university – 12%
• Yes but I can’t afford to – 37%
• Yes but when I’m older – 20%
• No I am not interested – 22%
• I have already taken a gap year – 3%

It’s clear from the survey that the students’ biggest hurdle was the cost, which isn’t surprising considering that the average cost of taking a gap year is £3,000 to £4,000 ( approximately $4,000 – $5,000). Personally, I feel that taking a gap year is an investment that will pay for itself in the long run in terms of getting acquainted with new cultures and meeting new people.

Below is a  short list of vacation travel destinations that have several things in common – each offers many different kinds of activities, such as swimming, bungee jumping sightseeing, and skiing. Of course, the destination must also attract other young and active people who are in search of fun!

Camping, Hiking and Water Sports

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When I’m in the mood for outdoor adventures, my family, friends and I love Angeles National Forest. A plentiful combination of old cedar and pine trees as well as wild flowers and ferns gives this place a cool atmosphere for camping and hiking. The views at Angeles National Forest are beautiful and varied. There’s something for everyone. The nature trail is exciting for birdwatchers and naturalists alike. For instance, rare Nelson bighorn sheep live here (along with bears, mountain lions and bobcats). Water sports activities are abundant at Elizabeth and Pyramid Lakes. We enjoy boating, jet skiing, water skiing and swimming in the pristine waters but no one must worry about what it’s costing us to enjoy this sumptuous natural place.

Theme Park Cost Savings

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Sometimes, my friends and I enjoy a theme park vacation. Sea World in San Diego, California is a truly cost-effective vacation destination that never disappoints. It’s possible to enjoy shows, rides, play areas, and even swimming with dolphins here. Since I love to experience nature in all its forms, it’s possible to see and interact with dolphins, orcas (killer whales), penguins, polar bears and Beluga whales within a few hours!

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San Diego’s weather is almost always mild and sunny, so there’s no guesswork involved about our plans to play on the beach or enjoy the characteristic salt air. San Diego’s Mexican and Spanish heritage adds special cultural warmth, too. There are so many outstanding and relatively cheap clubs and restaurants here, my friends and I always have a great time in this part of Southern California. Coronado Island is one of my favorite places to visit in the greater San Diego area. I’m a Marilyn Monroe film buff and “Some Like It Hot” was actually filmed at the Hotel Coronado and not Miami Beach!

Vacation Fun on a Budget

I’m living proof that students without a large bank balance can enjoy down time during vacations, winter or Spring Break. Don’t stay home between semesters: enjoy any of these great destinations without spending a cent of your book money!