The most popular gap year destinations are also the most expensive, according to new research from Moneycorp and gapyear.com.
A survey, which looked at how the pound has performed against local currencies over the past 12 months, exposed Austalia, New Zealand and Thailand as the most popular places to take a year out - but also as the worst place to spend sterling.
Simiarly, China and the USA have become stronger against the pound in the last 2 months - by 5.84 per cent and 4.43 per cent respectively, making them less attractive than a year ago.
If gappers want to go where the pound travels furthest, they should head to Brazil, India, Nepal and South Africa instead, the survey suggests.
Macca Sherifi, spokesperson for gapyear.com, said: "Budgets still remain an issue for most gap year travellers, so finding ways to make their travel money go further is a hot topic at the moment.
“There is an element of fun and adventure about being spontaneous when it comes to choosing destinations, but the last thing you want is to run out of money, so a little forward planning is always a good thing.”
Gapyear.com estimates that 250,000 people will head off on a gap year over the coming months. Typically, the average gapper travels for around six to nine months, during which time they will visit as many as 10 countries on average.