Before you leave on your gap travels there are some steps you can take to make sure you have the best, and safest, time possible. Once you've decided where you want to go and what you want to do on your gap year there are some tried and tested ways to make sure you have done all the gap travel preparation you need. Before you think about booking it's best to think about financing your gap year; once you are there you will also need to think about the best way of managing your funds while you are away. Once you've booked there are other preparations to be made:
One of the questions every gap traveller asks themselves is whether they want to go travelling alone or with friends?You'd be surprised how many people set off on their gap year alone - currently about 60% of gap year travellers have taken the plunge and headed out on their own for an awesome gap year adventure. Some considerations that often sway this decision are questions about safety, especially for female travellers who might feel more vulnerable. If you do decide to strike out on your own then don't worry, there are so many great ways of making new friends on your gap year that you won't be alone for long!
First and foremost, you will need to decide what to take with you on your gap trip. Deciding on essential travel items such as backpacks, clothes and health essentials are must-do preparation if you want to make sure you get the right gap travel kit in place before you go.
Don't forget, you need to make sure you have obtained any relevant visas before you head off on the gap year of a lifetime. Look at our detailed visa advice to find out which visas you will need for each of our destinations.
You will also need to do your flights research so you can book the best value flights and travel safely and in style. If you want to find a great deal on flight tickets then give our partner company Flights 360 a call on 01892 543943 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You will also need to make sure that you have appropriate travel insurance in place before you travel. If you want a great gap travel insurance policy to cover all sorts of amazing gap year activities then check out our worldwide travel insurance policy designed specifically for gap travellers.
Staying healthy should be one of your top priorities on a gap year trip. You should make sure you take all necessary health precautions before you travel, such as making sure you visit your GP in advance of departure. Your doctor can make sure that you do everything you should to stay healthy on your gap year.
Thinking about the best ways of keeping you safe on your travels is advisable before you go so you can make sure you keep your stuff safe as well as making sure you look after your own safety. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have set up a safety advice scheme called 'know before you go' which is a good place for further advice about safety when travelling.
It's a good idea to learn the basics of any local language you may need while on your gap year. Or you could learn a language on your gap year and you'll soon be speaking the local lingo. Buy a small phrasebook and keep it on you, you never know when it may come in handy!
With so much choice, it's sometimes hard to know what to do on your gap year. Read up and get a good idea of any attractions and activities you're going to want to see and do when you're on your gap year. This will help you maximize your time away, and allow you to fill your time doing the things you planned on doing. Get a couple of guidebooks on the destinations you'll be visiting and see what they recommend doing while you're away.
Make sure you're aware of any laws which may land you into trouble in the different countries you'll be visiting. What's legal in the UK might not be legal abroad, and something you think of as second nature could easily land you in a lot of trouble. Remember that many countries have strict drug laws.
So you're ready to set off on the ultimate gap year trip and you've got your kit sorted, your money managed and your vaccinations up to date; now it's time to share your plans with your friends and family. Making sure that your parents have any advice to hand will put their minds at rest and send you confidently off around the world. One of the most important considerations, both for you and for your family, is making sure you stay in touch during you gap year so you can keep everyone informed and share all your exciting adventures.