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Tuesday, 15 April 2008

(Don't Fear) The Gap Year

My condolences go out to the families of the 5 young Brits killed in Ecuador, but……do we really need to see them grieving on News At 10, or read about the gory heartbreak details in the newspapers. There’s the private and the public, but in our spectacular society there are no distinctions, everything is up for sale, except cotton wool sleeping bags, because with the story in the media, the fear factor will start to take over. Parents of children who are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to take time out and travel to ‘broaden their horizons’, may start to question whether these trips are gonna be safe; when the reality is that we are living in a risk society where accidents happen, and in other countries the risks are often higher. That’s life! but it’s there for living!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Gap years! don’t get me started on that one. In my day you could just about afford a wet weekend in Bognor.

If its such a financial struggle to get yerself though university these days and you end up saddled with debt for years afterwards, then maybe that eight month trip ’travelling’ in South America should be put on hold till you can actually bleedin’ afford it.

If young people are looking for some form of life/cultural experience with a bit of altruism thrown in they should spend six months working with the homeless instead. But that probably wouldn’t look so cool on their fuckin’ Facebook diary.