Are you looking to take a break from reality and travel? Then here are some things you need to think about:
Obviously, you can’t go on travelling if you don’t know where you’re going. Well, that’s a lie, you can but it would be very unorganised. So, get out a globe and have a look at where you’d like to travel during the year. A lot of people who decide to go on a gap year decide on Thailand and that area of Asia. Purely because it’s such a different culture over there, and there’re plenty of things to see. Others prefer to take a tour down under and visit Australia and New Zealand. Of course, you could literally travel the world and go all over the place – it’s up to you.
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It’s also a good idea to think about whether or not you want to travel alone. Some people prefer to go travelling on their own, it’s a very personal thing. For some, travelling is about ‘finding themselves’ and realise their true calling. But, you do get many who prefer to travel with a friend or in a group. Travelling with other people is good because you can share the experience. Plus, you won’t have a dull moment if you’re globe-trotting with your best friends.
Probably the most important thing to consider is money. In short, do you have enough money to travel the world? Think about this, it’s a very costly venture for the average person. You have to pay for transport, accommodation, food. And that’s barely scratching the surface of it. There’s also things like exchange rates that you need to consider and be aware of. Before you plan to travel, ask yourself if you can financially afford to do so. If you can’t, then save up and do it a little further down the line!
You have to make a list of all the supplies you intend to take with you. I’m talking things like clothes, travel bags, mobile phones, etc. All the things you’d usually take on a holiday, only a larger amount. Plus, there are other things you may need to bring as well, like a map or portable water purifier. You’ve got to make sure you don’t forget anything important, because when you’re on a gap year it can be hard to get stuff sent from home. My advice would be to write this list as early as possible and tick things off as you pack. Don’t leave home without double checking the list entirely!
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You should think about how long you want your travels to last before you go. The duration is entirely up to you and can depend on how much money you have. If you want to spend an entire year travelling – the go for it!