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Thinking about a Gap Year? – Guest Post from Inside The Voyage

Travelling is such an exciting experience. You can create memories through exploring such enticing and worldly adventures. Of course, travelling comes in all shapes and sizes. It really depends on the individual. Some prefer city breaks, others love to explore Thailand’s wildest forests whereas some love the simplicity of lounging on a beach bed. The type of adventure, really come’s down to you.

If you’re a University student, a lot of travellers take a gap-year. Now, some newbie travellers, might be asking What is a gap-year? Well, typically a gap-year is taken by a student coming out of college/sixth-form, someone who’s not quite ready to jump back into education yet would rather see what the world has to offer. Nonetheless, students do this after University as well. There really is no time to say when you should put your life on hold and go and explore the amazing journey’s of the world. Popular gap-year destinations, might include places such as Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and Bali. Some travel with friends, some travel alone and some use other sources such as the app Travamigos to meet other travellers. In reality, a gap-year is whatever you want to make it. Want to travel for month? Do it. Fancy a full year of travelling? Why not? It all comes down to you and how you want to experience the world. Of course, there are many ways to take a gap-year, but of course, money plays a big part.

I’m not sure I have the right amount of money to do what I want, what should I do?

Of course, it’s always good if you save up a bit of cash before you go. I prefer to plan, plan where I want to go, what I intend to do and what I’d like to do if I had a bit of extra time. Work out an estimate of money that you would need for these things and attempt to save up so much a month a year or so before. That way, you shouldn’t have the nauseating worry of money during your trip. However, if that does happen whilst away, or you simply want the experience, there are always ways that you can make a bit of cash abroad. You can arrange paid work in the countries travelled to, although it is highly highly important that you get a Working Holiday Visa. This is a residence permit that gives travellers the ability to take up employment in the country. If you do intend to work during your travels, here are a few opportunities that might take your interest:

* English teaching – if you’re a native English speaker then why not give your abilities to those willing to learn.

* Travel Writer – Of course, this comes easier if you’re already writing, such as a blog or for a company. However, anyone can write, and anyone can write a review upon their travels.

* Planting and Harvesting – Although it’s not the most luxurious job. It’s a new adventure.

… And there are many more where they came from.

My top tips for your gap year would be:

* Plan! Plan! Plan! I know some people don’t like planning their travels and just go where the wind takes them, yet, I need some organisation. Even if that’s just a list of places you want to visit and a list of things you want to explore.

* Do some research before you jet-off! Search and ask questions in Google, ask people who have the experience. Twitter has a large community of experienced travellers, and most would love to offer you their help. So take it. (Read Elle’s Ultimate Budgeting Guide here!)

* Be respectful. You’re adventuring to another country, you’re excited. You may be a little hyper once you’re there, because… well, you’re finally there. But remember you’re in another country that more often than not have different cultural beliefs, behaviour and events than your own. Just respect that.

* Remember that a gap-year is something new, it’s all about the experience, therefore if something comes along that you’re unsure on such as – sky diving or bungee jumping… say YES. You will regret it otherwise.

* Please budget yourself. You don’t want to get there and on your first day, spend every penny you brought with you. Make sure that you have some spare money that if you’re ever desperate, you can dip into.

* Make friends and have fun! Again, a gap-year is all about the experience. In that experience you will meet so many new and fascinating people. Enjoy what the experience has to offer.

Alisha is a 20 year old travel, lifestyle and photography blogger at Inside The Voyage, with experience on trying to travel on a students budget. Sharing her travels and tips as she finds herself on new adventures, be sure to go an have a read!

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  • Megan

    Great post Alisha!!

  • Annalicia Taylor

    Great post

  • Christine F

    I was an English teacher abroad as part of the US Fulbright Program. Truly the best year of my life. I had just gotten laid off from my job, and I thought, ‘why not apply.’ I taught in a little village school and volunteered at the local university. Fulbright is a great option for recent grads since they cover your housing, give you a stipend, and have solid health insurance. I was placed in Indonesia, so all of these were really important. Great post!

  • Joanna

    In Poland gap years weren’t something someone did when I started my work. I moved to London and met so many people who did just that. I was amazed by it, but always too scared to do it. Now I wouldn’t hesitate. Luckily, I don’t have a full time job, so can travel whenever I can 🙂

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