Bon Voyage! See You Soon?

    Lure of a Different World Keeps Many Travellers From Returning to
    University and Jobs

    LONDON, Aug. 1 /CNW/ - Employers giving staff time off for extended
travelling holidays shouldn't always expect them to return, a survey by reveals today.
    Of travellers who had plans to return to a confirmed university place or
job, as many as 59 percent gave "serious consideration" to quitting their
commitments in order to carry on leading a nomadic existence for just a little
    The results will come as worrying reading for any boss currently mulling
over a staff members application for a sabbatical.
    For those keen to see their staff return (albeit with an envious tan) the
chances are highest if a sabbatical of between 1-3 months is granted.
    For travellers on this timescale, the survey showed that although over
three-quarters (78 percent) of those polled gave a "passing thought" (63
percent) or "serious consideration" (15 percent) to the idea, only four
percent followed their heart, not to return.
    The survey also looked at those people with initial travel plans of
between 4-6 months and 7-12 months inclusive. The results clearly show that
the longer people spent on the road, the more likely they were to continue
their travels indefinitely.
    Of those venturing away for 4-6 months, nine percent failed to honour
commitments of university or work, while for those with plans to travel for
7-12 months, the figure rose to a slightly worrying 12 percent.
    David Smith, general manager for explained, "Often
people who decide to travel the world are at a seminal moment in their
lives - taking breaks in the form of a gap year between studies or within the
early stages of their career. The impact that seeing different places and
cultures can have on your mind is powerful; there's every chance that it will
make people think long and hard about what they want to do with their lives,
and whether the direction they were taking back home was really where they
wanted to go."

    About Great Hostels. Free Booking. No Worries. - launched in March 2004 - is a leading UK-based
website owned and operated by MBI MBO Ltd. It offers a range of hostels and
budget accommodation including hotels, B&Bs and apartments in over 2,000
destinations worldwide.'s properties are reviewed and rated
by customers and it remains the only company in its sector to offer its
services with no booking fees. also provides a range of free
travel guides, travel news and worldwide events information.

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