Whether it’s just after graduation from university or between jobs, taking a gap year to travel is one of the most rewarding and memorable ways to spend your time. But for some people, the biggest concern is not where to go but why to go.
We here at Tripbase are all strong believers in the amazing power of travel so we decided to put together a list of reasons why you should not waste your life working and should take a gap year.
Here are our top 5 reasons to hit the road.
5. You can afford it. People often think that travel is expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Buying flexible, round-the-world tickets in advance lowers airfare costs and there are many countries in the world where you can survive comfortably on as little as $10 a day. In fact, traveling the world can often cost less than monthly rent at home. Before you go, plan a budget based on average costs and then make sure you have some extra padding for splurging.
4. You can handle it alone. Traveling with friends has advantages but it also means you’re tied to other people’s itineraries. Consider going solo. Traveling alone gives you more opportunities to meet interesting people along the way. Although there may be times when you’ll feel lonely and you do need to take extra precautions for safety and health care, it’s extremely rewarding to follow your own path. And there’s nothing like overcoming challenges without any help to boost self-confidence and inner strength.
3. Employers will see it as a benefit. Anyone who spends time traveling will see the world through new lenses. Employers often see this as more of an advantage than a disadvantage, even if it’s between career moves. As long as you don’t show up for job interviews wearing your favorite road gear without washing your hair for a few days, potential employers will often see your travels as a positive experience that makes you a more well-rounded person, especially if you have learned some important life lessons and are prepared to discuss them in the interview.
2. A year traveling is an opportunity to expand your horizons. The choices include backpacking, volunteering, working abroad, teaching English, and learning new languages in immersion programs…the list is endless. No matter what you decide to do, it is likely to be one of the best years of your life. Spend some time thinking about what you enjoy doing and try to incorporate that into your travels. Starting in a volunteer setting with an organized structure could be a good way to ease into it, but make sure you get out there and see the world too.
1. It doesn’t get any easier to go. The older you get, the harder it gets to pick up and take off for a year. Later in life there are children and mortgages and other responsibilities. There’s nothing like hitting the open road while you’re unfettered and free. Do it while you can. As some unknown wise man once said, you usually regret the things in life that you didn’t do and not the ones you did.
If you’re been on a gap year or you’re on one now, drop us a comment to tell us what you think of the experience too. We’d love to hear from you.