Travelling can be a life-changing experience, full of incredible adventures and unforgettable moments, but it's best to consider a few things before you book and make sure you're really ready for a gap year!
A gap year is an exciting new challenge but you need to make sure you're setting off abroad for the right reasons. Don't go travelling just because everyone else is doing it, or because you think it’s what you’re supposed to do. When you’re deciding whether you’re ready for a gap year, you should think carefully about what you want to do and where you want to travel. Build an experience that fits you!
Leaving home might be the biggest reason you're not sure if you're ready for a gap year. Most travellers experience some feelings of homesickness at the start of their travels, but if you've never been away before, it might come as a shock to your system to find yourself far away from home. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep in touch, and all your family and friends are just a video call away. You could also consider booking a group tour which'll set you up with a group of new friends straight away!
Travelling can be expensive and it's important to make sure you're financially ready for a gap year. Luckily there are a huge range of budget trips available, plus you can even work abroad to help fund your travels! Check out our funding advice for more handy financing tips!
You'll have to co-ordinate your trip around your other commitments. Gap years don't have to last a full year so you can book a shorter trip to fit your schedule. Plan your adventure to coincide with the end of school or university, or take short trip during the summer holidays. If you work, you'll either need to quit your job or ask if you can take a career break.
Once you've considered all the above, you're ready for an unforgettable gap year adventure. What are you waiting for? Get booking!