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America tops students' travel experience wish list

Students say a road trip though America is their most desired travel experience, followed by a safari in Africa and a skydive over New Zealand.

The research, undertaken by Endsleigh, looked at the top YOLO (you only live once) travel experiences amongst students. An American road trip was voted number 1 by 27 per cent of respondents, with the top ten including experiencing Mardi Grad in New Orleans, taking a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti and walking along the great Wall of China.

The research into students’ travel habits also highlighted that 43 per cent of students want to travel to have a break from work or study, and 73 per cent are planning to do so in the next 12 months.

Results found that Europe is the most popular continent for backpacking, with 50 per cent of respondents planning such a trip, highlighting a potential new trend in student travel. Asia was close behind in popularity, with 47 per cent of students planning to go backpacking to the continent.

"Our research really shows that students value a good work-life balance; 43 per cent want to travel to have a career or study break, and they are willing to work hard to do so,” says Sara Newell, Student Markets Manager at Endsleigh. “Fifteen per cent of the students we spoke to are even happy to work from home or whilst travelling to fund their trip!”

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