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Thailand is the number one destination for young Britons on a year out after leaving school, new research has revealed.

Australia is the next most popular destination followed by the USA, South Africa and Peru, according to the study by ABTA - the Travel Association. If you come across a backpacker on your airport transfers it seems there is a strong chance they will be heading for Asia, as the continent dominates the list with Vietnam and India taking sixth and eighth positions.

Other popular gap year destinations include Brazil, which came in seventh place, New Zealand in ninth position and Fiji completing the top 10. Travellers using London Stansted Airport and the capital's other busy transport hubs might just be seeing an increased number of gap year travellers right now, given that it is exam results season when youngsters typically head abroad to let off steam and gain new experiences before starting university.

ABTA advises any young people heading off on their travels to visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website to check out all the various things to do, and what not to do, in order to stay safe while travelling abroad. Victoria Bacon, head of communications at ABTA, said there is now "an incredible choice of activities and destinations" for young people to choose from to help them develop new skills. "It's very important that if you’re planning a gap year, you research your options thoroughly," she added.

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