The majority of people who go on gap years are choosing holidays to South Africa, one organisation has said.

The majority of people who go on gap years are choosing holidays to South Africa, one organisation has said.

Research from non-profit body the Year Out Group found that South Africa has risen from joint fourth place in 2006 to first in 2007, having also topped the chart in 2005.

India can in at sixth place on the list, falling from first place in 2006.

Richard Oliver, chief executive of the Year Out Group, said the number of people opting for gap years in up in general.

“Year Out Group members alone sent nearly 47,000 people on gap year schemes in 2007, a 20 per cent increase on 2006,” he commented.

Earlier this month, Penelope McEniry, author of the travel book Gap Year, said people who have been on gap years could have significant advantages over those who have not when it comes to applying for university places and jobs.

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