Microgapping: What exactly is it?

We’d all love to go on a gap year and see the world, but taking an actual year out (or longer) to go travelling isn’t always feasible for everyone.

Whether you’ve just finished school, university or you’re looking for a mid-career break, we all have that nagging little thing called a job that gets in the way of our plans for global expeditions.

But with the arrival of ‘microgapping’, you needn’t worry about missing out on employment after graduating or swapping your day job for life on the road.

What is microgapping?

OK, what exactly is a microgap? Simply put, imagine a gap year without the need to sacrifice a valuable year of employment.

It’s essentially a getaway that lasts a few days to somewhere exciting in the UK. No need for long-haul travelling, no need for excessive packing, and no need to ask your boss if you can have your job back when you’ve finished discovering yourself (and multiple countries) in a year’s time.

A study from VisitEngland showed that the majority of 18 to 34-year olds want to jet off for an unforgettable experience (82%), with just 8% thinking they’ll actually go ahead with it. The main reasons for this were financial constraints and a worry that it will affect career development.

Isn’t this just a long weekend? What’s new?

OK, it’s a long weekend, a staycation, a daycation and a short break, whatever you want to call it. Yes, it is just a fancy term that the marketing department at VisitBritain coined up.

The ‘#MyMicrogap’ campaign was thought up to ‘target young people with experiences and activities typically taken during a gap-year that can be condensed into a micro-holiday of one to three nights in the UK’, according to VisitBritain.

So yes, it’s slightly different to just going off aimlessly for a long weekend, but it is still a staycation, of sorts. And rightly so, the UK might be a relatively small island in the grand scheme of things, but it does have some pretty awesome places and things to do.

By taking a microgap you’re giving yourself a chance to switch off and reconnect with the world – it’s an easy way to add some spontaneity to your life and it’s friendly on the wallet.

A Heilan coo (Highland cow) looking rather dapper

Where should I go?

We’ve all got a part of the country that we keep meaning to visit. Whether it’s close by or up the other end of the UK, just go – make time for a weekend escape.

Why not discover some Highland Coo’s and idyllic scenery in Scotland this year? Apex Hotels has four hotels in Edinburgh, one in Dundee and one in Glasgow, so if you need a base for exploring and don’t fancy doing the gap-year-style camping, our contemporary rooms offer convenience with a touch of luxury.

How about some spectacular coastal scenes? Head down to the south of England to explore the Jurassic Coast. Beautiful beaches, vast stretches of cliff walks and geological wonders such as Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove in Dorset await. There are also numerous nature reserves such as Arne on Poole Harbour and great food at pubs and restaurants, like The Pig- on the Beach at Studland Bay.

Durdle Door, Dorset – yes, this beach is actually in England.

Or plan a trip to Bath – one of two World Heritage cities in Northern Europe, the other being Venice. A stay in Apex City of Bath Hotel will have you located just 10 minutes from Bath Spa station, ideal for checking out the city and everything it’s got to offer. Need some inspiration? Here’s what you can do in 48 hours in the city.

The UK is your oyster – from the Lake District to London, this fair old isle is awash with exciting things to do, places to see and people to meet. Just get out there and see it.

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Go explore, go microgapping (or on a long weekend, you decide!).