Most backpackers are now grey gappers

Research from American Express Insurance Services reveals that almost four in ten (39%) working Britons admit to having no time for themselves at the end of each day.  With work taking over their home life, it seems that more people than ever are taking sabbaticals.Industry research shows that almost a third (29%) of Brits are planning to take a break from their job. It also reveals that 9 in 10 (90%) of gap year travellers are now over the age of 30, a phenomenon being recognised as the ‘grey gapper’.
With the increasing numbers of older wealthier Brits choosing to take gap years, more than 8% of people spending up to £10,000 on a trip, hostels are beginning to recognise this new breed of ‘flashpackers’ who are not as wary of costs but more concerned with luxury.
Chris Rolland, Head of American Express Insurance Services commented: “For many working Brits it seems that there are never enough hours in the day. To escape from this, an increasing number of people are choosing to take a gap year at a later stage in life, having a financial advantage which enables them to travel in a little more luxury compared to their younger counterparts.”