Life moments: Top tips for preparing for a gap year
A gap year is one of life’s most exciting moments, as it usually means you have no responsibilities, no exams to think about, a great group of friends, and the world is your oyster. However, a gap year doesn’t have to be between school and university; you can take a year out at any point in your life. At whatever age, planning and preparation is vital, so check out our top tips on how to get travel ready.
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Where, oh where to go
Potentially the hardest decision of them all. Have a think about what you want to get out of your gap year, as this goal will help influence your decision on where to go. Is it sunny beaches you want? Mountain treks? Helping a charity? Research into different countries and also ask friends and family for recommendations.
Money, money, money
The boring part, but the most crucial. You should calculate the cost of your whole trip, remembering to include everything such as flights, visas, insurance, transfers and accommodation. From here, you’ll have a good idea of how much you need to save, and how long it will take you to get to that amount. Remember, every little helps; why not keep a jar for small change, and top it up each day with what’s left in your pockets? £1 could be three meals in certain countries.
One year, one bag
Packing for a long time away can seem like a daunting task, but it really doesn’t have to be. Start off by making a list, and purchasing all the items you think you’re going to need. Lay it all out, and plan how you’re going to make it all fit in your bag. Have you thought about roll packing? It’s a nifty packing method, which is very space effective .
It’s also worth thinking about what you’ll do with your possessions that you’re not taking with you. Are you going to move out of your rented flat? Are you going to rent out your current home? At Big Yellow, we’ll be happy to keep your belongings safe, so you can have peace of mind while you’re travelling.
Keepsakes for life
When you come back from your trip of a lifetime, your memories are one thing, but having something physical that you can show to you friends and family is priceless. Perhaps you could keep a diary, and carry some glue to stick bits and bobs in, such as travel tickets, small trinkets or post cards from a location you loved. Or perhaps be a little more creative, and make something like this envelope journal, with an envelope for each destination.