As you will know if you read my blog on a regular basis, I am a born traveller. Eventually, I hope to travel all over the world. Three of the places that I am dying to see are Venice, New York and South East Asia – they all sound seriously amazing.
As someone who loves to travel, I am a real believer in the power of gap year travel. Whether that’s a gap year before university, after university or instead of university, I am all for it. I honestly think that travelling and seeing the world is so important, especially for young adults.
If you are considering taking a gap year, I would say to go for it. However, the one thing that I would say is to ensure that you plan your gap year properly, to make sure that it is the experience that you want it to be.
To help you plan an amazing gap year, I thought I would put together some of my top gap year planning tips, below:
Get your money organised
When it comes to planning a gap year, money is one of the most important things. When you are travelling without your parents, you need to make sure that you have enough money to survive on throughout your trip.
Work out how much money you could have by the time you leave for your gap year – this could be through work or via your savings. Once you get an idea of how much you could potentially have for your gap year, you can then start working out what type of trip to take.
Create a travel plan
Once you have got your money organised, you can then start planning your trip. Planning your trip is the most exciting part, as this is when you should start thinking about all the places that you want to visit.
At this point, your head will probably be filled with all sorts of ideas and possibilities of places to visit and things to do. Don’t worry, this is completely normal. After a few days of thinking things through, you should start to get an idea of the places that you want to visit most.
Narrow down your ideas
Once you have decided where it is that you want to visit, you can then start thinking about creating a schedule for your trip. The best way to do this is geographically, for instance, if you want to visit Spain and Italy, it makes sense to go to Spain first and then travel to Italy.
While you could go it alone, you could also consider getting some friends together and turning your gap year into a group trip. If you aren’t a fan of solo travel, it’s a good idea to travel as part of a group. This can either be with friends or as part of a gap year project, both are great options. However, if you want to meet new people, taking part in a gap year project is a great idea.
If you are interested in the idea of taking part in a gap year project, do some research to get an idea of all the best companies to go with. One of the gap year companies that offers amazing trips is The Leap – they have projects in 12 countries, across four continents.
Book your ticket
Once you have decided where you want to go and what type of trip you want to take, the next step is to buy your plane ticket. There are various options when it comes to choosing the perfect plane ticket for gap year travel, so make sure that you book the best one.
If you need a little bit of help with booking your ticket, get in touch with your local travel agent. They should be able to help you choose the perfect ticket for your trip.
Going on a gap year can be an amazing experience, just make sure that you plan everything properly. When it comes to travelling, planning is crucial.