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Grown-Up Gappers

Definition: Grown-Up Gappers

So many adults in Great Britain have lost their jobs that a whole new demographic has been named — grown-up gappers. These are laid-off Britons who have chosen to travel with their unexpected free time, and the nickname is derived from the traditional group of travelers who explore when there's a gap between school and college or college and work.

Foreign exchange group Travelex interviewed 4,000 people and 78 percent were planning to use time after layoffs to get away, most of those between ages 30 and 55. "Grown-up gappers" are more likely to stay in a hotel than a hostel, and more interested in adventure travel than volunteering abroad.

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