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  • Why’s that Boomer got a backpack?
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Why are Boomers going on a gap year?

The post-uni backpacking trip is a rite of passage for many young adults – a chance to explore distant lands and make new friends. But as students struggle to balance their wanderlust with rising tuition fees, something strange has happened on the traveller trail; it’s now filled with Boomers.

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The pre- or post-university backpacking trip is a rite of passage for many young people – a chance to explore distant lands, make new friends and do a bit of self-discovery. But as students struggle to balance their wanderlust with rising tuition fees, something curious has happened on the traveller trail; it’s grown up.

If it seems incongruous at first, the idea of Boomers on the backpacker circuit makes more sense the more you think about it. They were the original gappers, for one; the cohort who first took advantage of the ‘60s travel boom to go ‘find themselves’. The ones ...

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