Exploring The Gap Year


Today, many students and young professionals all over the world take gap years. Gap years could be highly beneficial as, for most people, it’s time to figure out what they love and are passionate about and add that to their CVs. While gap years mostly mean travelling, volunteering, or working abroad, a gap year is really whatever you make out of it.

If you are not sure what you want to do after graduating, taking a gap year might look like a good idea. However, before you jump at the opportunity, you have to really consider whether it makes sense for you and your situation. Here are some of the things to take into account if you think gap year could be an option for you:

  1. Research

When you will be travelling for a long time, no amount of research is too much research. Research possible programs and volunteering opportunities you might be interested in. Talk to people who have taken gap years – ask them what they would have done differently. Research different popular gap-year destinations, visa requirements, and insurance plans. Some countries require certain health precautions such as vaccines; make sure you cover those.

  1. Plan

It can take up to 9-12 months to prepare your gap year, so make sure you leave enough time to plan and prepare. What would your timeline and roadmap look like? If you are planning to fly to three or more destinations, it would make more sense to get all your flights on a single ticket for one price with RTW (round the world) tickets. Where you would travel to depends mostly on what you plan on doing – Africa might be a good destination if you are more interested in volunteering. When deciding on your gap year destinations and roadmaps, it would make more sense to think in terms wider regions first.

  1. Budget

There are types of trips to suit every travel budget depending on what you want to do and where you want to go. Destinations such as South East Asia and South Asia are so popular because they are so cheap to travel around. It all comes down to how much money you manage to save and figuring out how you can stretch your hard-earned money as far as it’ll go. There are also opportunities to find work and earn money while you travel, which would help you extend your trip even more.


No matter where you decide to go and how you decide to do it, make your gap year whatever you want it to be! Make the most of it and don’t for get to have fun!

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