With sixth form students around the country facing the prospect of spending the next few weeks in a gym room writing for three hours at a time about subjects they haven't quite got round to revising, it is likely that many will be daydreaming about getting away from academia for a while.
In which case, taking a gap year could be the best decision those looking at their post-A level options could make, as it will allow them to learn more about the wider world outside of education and annual exams.
Rachel Collinson, head of sales and marketing at gap year company Raleigh International, said that as a result of taking a 12-month break to go travelling, young people "will become global citizens who care about the world and want to make a difference".
"Raleigh's vision is that young people from all backgrounds, life stages and nationalities understand the benefits that a gap year can bring to them in terms of increasing their cultural awareness and developing an ability to work in cross-cultural teams," she commented.
"Gap years increase their confidence and maturity and understanding of the world around them."
Ms Collinson also pointed out that being independent and relying on oneself can improve communication skills in young people.
Meanwhile, a government-funded scheme has been launched to help up to 7,000 18 to 25-year-olds take up volunteering positions abroad and work with major charities, including the British Red Cross and Islamic Relief.
International development secretary Andrew Mitchell explained that successful applicants to the programme will "gain new perspectives, greater confidence and make a real difference".
The heavily subsidised placements start in July and will take care of expenses relating to flights, food, accommodation, insurance, vaccinations and visas, Metro reported - although some applicants will be required to raise £800 for their trip.
The National Union of Students welcomed news of the initiative and said it is "good to see the government recognising the importance of creating opportunities for young people".