Plan Your Gap Year
Taking a gap year or hitting the road with your backpack is exciting. Where to travel? What to do? There is so much organising to do that it can be easy to forget to plan carefully as you are caught up in the excitement of going abroad.
To help you plan for the gap year and gap work ahead of you, this section has been developed to cover everything you need to know and to aid you with planning in advance your gap year adventure so that every eventuality is covered.
The section covers:
Once you have decided to take a gap year you may be wondering where you should go. With the whole world to choose from it can be hard to narrow down your options! However, we will attempt to focus your thoughts with five ‘where to go’ questions.
It is important to know what you want to achieve from your gap year to ensure that you get as much out of the experience as possible. A gap year away is a memory that will stay with you for the rest of your life, so make sure you don’t waste it.
Unfortunately, it is not always straightforward to get a working holiday visa for gap work, so you must know your visa restrictons before you travel. We advise you on working visas with specific emphasis on visas in Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Europe and the USA.
When travelling on a gap year you are going to be away from home for a long time and you need to ensure that you have comprehensive travel insurance that will cover you in case of an emergency. We detail why it is important to get good insurance cover and offer tips on reading the small print.
When travelling abroad you need to consider many things regarding flying. Firstly and most important are you okay with flying long haul? Read our information on flying and advice on jet lag and economy class syndrome.
It is easy to get carried away with planning a gap year without seriously considering your budget. You need to think carefully about what money you have and how you are going to finance your gap year away. We have listed out the top items to budget for and give you a breakdown of cost for them.
When travelling you will need to consider what you are going to take with you. A gap year is different to just a holiday and you will need different items depending on where you are going and what gap work you want to do. Let us guide you through the essential items to pack.
You can easily view recommended vaccinations and health advice for any countries you’re planning on visiting. Operated by leading high-street chemist Boots, It will analyse your trip and let you know which particular diseases and infections you’ll be particularly prone to, as well as providing advice on avoiding them.
Being on a gap year is an amazing experience but don’t forget to share your experiences with your friends and family back at home. Read our advice on staying in touch.
There are so many different accommodation options available to travellers and backpackers which generally relate to the type of budget that you have. We detail essential accommodation information on hostels, hotels and camping, among others.