Gap year travel companies are targeting young people after many will miss out on university places this year. TUI’s activity arm Real Gap Experience is expecting more students to take a year out this September so they can boost their CV. “A well-chosen gap year which incorporates work experience or volunteering can certainly help to provide that bit of differentiation for university applications and prepare them more for an independent life at university away from their family,” explained Real Gap Experience Marketing Director Natasha Owen. “Real Gap offers a diverse range of trips and courses from learning Spanish in Costa Rica to paid work in Australia.” Meanwhile, Gap Adventures is targeting the younger generation after actress Emma Thompson said she would take her 10-year-old daughter backpacking. “We have a range of family adventures across South and Central America, India, Asia, Africa and Europe where children aged five and upwards can enjoy completely new experiences,” said Gap Adventures Director of Sales and Marketing Michael Edwards. However, educational campaigners have urged parents to think carefully about taking children out of school for a year. “A child might not ever properly catch up after a break that long,” campaign group Parents Outloud spokesperson Margaret Morrissey told the Evening Standard.