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Who Are We?

Halsbury Group

Gap Year Traveller is part of the Halsbury Travel Group, a large independent Tour Operator which has been in existence for some 27 years and is still going from strength to strength.

Halsbury's original focus was to fill a gap in the market by providing educational group travel abroad, including school exchanges and cultural visits to Europe and worldwide. Since then the company has broadened its horizons, today offering a wide range of opportunities to gain experience through travel. These include school ski trips, specialist music and sports tours to destinations all over the World, and opportunities for young linguists to put their language skills into practise with work experience placements and language courses both in Europe and further afield. When we have seen an opportunity to enhance educational opportunities through travel, we have taken it, and this is why we are introducing Gap Year Traveller.

One current educational ‘buzzword’ is ‘employability’. Following their course of study, a student is expected to be able to prove their ‘employability’ - in other words, show that they have gained suitable ‘work’ experience and are ‘good’ to work. This can be demonstrated in a variety of ways, but here at GYT we think that if you are going to go for something, then aim high.

Gap Year Traveller is offering a programme of top quality Gap Year Opportunities which are a little bit different, a bit more exciting, and a bit more exclusive. You have the chance to take your favourite leisure activity and ‘go pro’ with it, gaining the necessary qualifications to pursue a career in your chosen field, either by going from ‘zero to hero’ on a longer, focussed and demanding course, or by enhancing skills you have already acquired. The aim is to put your Gap Year time to good use and focus on a specific goal that will set you apart, because not everybody can do what you are going to do.

No doubt, there’s a lot of work ahead. But for the right person, wanting to live the dream, it’s a challenge to be met head on!

Gap Year: what is in it for you?

New Skills

Gap Year is a great chance to develop skills which have nothing to do with school and everything to do with fun! You might have a passion for flying, sailing or diving to name but a few, and a Gap Year can offer the perfect opportunity to invest time and effort into making these passions a professional reality. When it is all over, you'll have the certificates to prove it and thereby help to land your dream job!

Life experience

No shock here; it is a lot easier learning new life skills and gaining independence whilst doing something you love because you WANT to find out how …before you know it communication skills improve, confidence is sky high. You like what you are doing and therefore you are doing it well. This has to have a huge positive effect on you. Training to instruct and or be in charge of others WILL increase your confidence as well as your leadership and management skills.

New Qualifications

Those bits of paper again… Gap Year…Learning…Surely not …but why not? Gaining qualifications may not feature high on your list of priorities during your gap year but on a GYT course you can spend your time enjoying yourself, safe in the knowledge that your efforts will be rewarded and you’ll be able to prove it!

Stand out from the crowd

So all this fun…time well spent, certificates safely stored and then you use your new found skills to enhance your ‘forms’ and make them stand out. Make the ordinary extraordinary and stand by! Picture this, your future employer or your university admissions officer reading through those application forms all saying the same thing and then there’ll be yours: Universities and employers like Gap Years. Why? They are the icing on the cake. You have proved your worth, have your fistful of traditional qualifications and now comes the ‘value added’, the enterprise, the initiative, the sustained commitment…the Employability…When talking about Gap Years UCAS makes the clear statement:: “Experience compliments education”. Putting old skills to new use: learning new things in new environments has to put a really positive spin on selling YOU.

New You; New Start

The time is ripe to break out of old habits you probably haven’t had much control over. Stuck in school …same old …same old…not much chance of change until now. Whatever you do during your Gap Year it will be different, mind broadening, life changing. More so if you are prepared to go it alone and forge new pathways, share new experiences, make new friends and gain new skills on a GYT course.


Gap Year Opportunities. What do we offer?

Professional training AND international adventure – A Gap Year to remember. Yes you’ll have ‘fun in the sun’, but you will also be enhancing your future opportunities, as our courses offer specific qualifications in your chosen field.

Gap Year Traveller will advise and guide you towards the ideal course for your professional training.

Ultimately you will be able to earn money from doing an activity you love. The better you are, the better the rewards, and if you love your job, chances are you are going to be good at it! Gap Year Traveller offers a highly efficient service, having collaborated with specialist providers to ensure top quality content, and our aim is to support you along the way to success.

Your CV

Your CV and UCAS statements are written proof of your achievements and you can enhance these by recording your extraordinary experiences, to make you stand out from the crowd. Many school leavers now realise that a gap year can be a really important life-enhancing opportunity. Our gap year courses offer you the perfect way to gain life experience whilst improving your employability through travel.

'Take time out' is still the message… but invest in that time! For anyone considering these opportunities Gap Year Traveller offers the chance to fill your time with a sense of purpose and specific goals. You will already be used to working hard to achieve academic goals. Take these skills and hone them - channel your hard won abilities into something both mentally and physically demanding, whilst enhancing your life skills ready to put them to use at a professional level.

On one of our gap year courses you will gain the qualifications to start working in your chosen field. If you are a student going on to university you will be able to take yourself off to work in new and exciting places during your study breaks. Meeting new people, forging new links, which may give you that extra edge in the future. Planning on setting off with a back pack sounds exciting and may well be amazing, but learning how to either teach your dream activity to others or how to pursue it at a high level professionally gives you a real focus.

Ready to live the dream?
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