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Snap Years

A Snap Year is a relatively new term, it describes a wave of people who either cannot afford, or do not want to take a full gap year. In other words, a Snap Year is like a gap year, only much shorter in duration. A Snap Year usually lasts a few weeks or a month at a time, the traveller then returns home and works or saves up to afford the next leg of their journey. This way, the holidaymaker can still travel, and visit all the places they wanted to, but they can pay for it in installments.

This new trend is hardly surprising when you consider the current economic climate, a huge shortage of Graduate jobs and the huge rise in tuition fees. Many everyday students can no longer afford a full gap year. In fact, a recent survey revealed that only 8% of all travellers could afford to be away for more than four months at a time. In the past, the majority of people who partook in a gap year were college leavers, who wanted to put off University for a year, however these numbers have dropped significantly in recent years, in fact over 55% can no longer afford to travel before starting Uni. On the other hand, snap years have become increasingly popular with the number of people participating in these rising by nearly 30% in 2011 alone. Nevertheless, whether you decided to take a Gap or Snap Year, it is important to plan your trip thoroughly before you travel, to avoid any costly holiday mishaps.

For those who want to live life to the full and for true piece of mind for those who travel more than once a year, Alpha's Multi Trip Cover is perfect for you. There is a choice of cover available so you can be sure to find a travel insurance policy that suits you and your price range. With a Multi Trip policy, you will be able to travel as many times as you wish throughout a twelve month period without needing to keep purchasing potentially expensive individual travel policies. In addition, every Alpha policy offers; cover for cancellation, medical emergencies, personal belongings, cash and travel documents, Doctor managed emergency assistance helpline 24 hours a day every day of the year and multiple levels of cover to suit you.

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