Tips to help you get the most from your Gap Year
Taking a gap year can be just about anything that you want to make it. Traveling, working, volunteering, helping and having fun while the future firms up a little more for you. Make it the best year that you can, and here’s some ideas to help you do just that.
- Start with your plan and grow it. Work out if you want to travel and spend time with friends, and if you do, make sure both or all your plans line up. Remember, it’s your year so it’s up to you to get the most from it.
- Do your research. Have a search around the internet or books to find something that you would really like to do and you feel will help you grow. Speak to people who’ve been there and done that. Have a good idea of what you are getting into.
- Take time to plan and prepare. It can take 9-12 months or more to plan, organise and sort the funds you could need.
- Use/work from a budget. Don’t shrink your gap year to a couple of months. Also don’t get so hung up on saving money at all costs that you miss out on once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Have a reserve of money to fall back on.
- Be open-minded. Even in your own city, town or region, you could end up doing and seeing things that you haven’t experienced before.
- Take opportunities to make contacts and to grow your group of real life friends. They may be really useful in the future, especially if you have met them over good times. Get on the message boards and see if anyone is planning to take a similar kind of trip or is looking to do the same sorts of things as you.