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Nearly 1 in 4 young people travel because they're bored of Britain

2nd April 2014
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More than a third of young people choosing to travel abroad are doing so because they are bored of life in Britain, according to research.

While 43% say they are seeking adventure and 21% aspire to work overseas, a surprisingly high 36% of those surveyed said they had simply had enough of Britain.

In a definite hangover from the recession the research, carried out by youth travel and work organisation Smaller Earth UK, also revealed that 54% viewed the UK jobs market as “bad,” with only 28% considering it to be “good.”

To combat this negativity, we’re heading overseas - Smaller Earth UK placed over 6,000 young adults on its Camp Leaders programme in the United States in 2013, an increase of almost 20% on the previous year.

There has also been a 243% rise in the number of applications from people to work as au pairs in China.

The survey of 1,000 young people (aged 18-30) showed that 65% had a clear idea about their future career, and felt that the opportunity to work and travel overseas would enhance their employability prospects.

It also found that we’re pretty carefree when it comes to travelling abroad for work, with a huge 89% saying they had no concerns about their safety whilst travelling abroad.

Smaller Earth UK Chief Executive Bastian Weinberger said that British young people are “grabbing with both hands the chance to work and travel abroad to improve their prospects of securing jobs in the future, either overseas or in the UK.”

He added that “It is also the case that the continuing uncertainty of the UK jobs market is driving many people aged 18-30 to go off in search of a great adventure.

“Young people are far more global in their outlook these days so the idea of travelling or working abroad holds few fears. It is also a lot cheaper to travel abroad than was the case a few years ago.”

We’d second that. If you want some travel inspiration for this summer, check out our travel pages here.




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