Travellers on their gap year

Is a gap year for you?

If you're tempted by the idea of going on a trip during your gap year, but you're not sure if it's the right choice for you, or if you feel ready, then all you need to do is think about the many benefits a gap year trip can have and you'll soon be itching to go travelling! Maybe you're thinking where to go on your gap year? You might also want to consider what to do if you do decide to take a gap year. There are so many exciting destinations across the world just waiting to be discovered and so many thrilling activities to experience - you'll be spoilt for choice!

Should I travel alone or with friends?

Wondering if it is right to go travelling alone or with friends? Be reassured that around 60% of those who head off on a gap year do it alone, and find it a rewarding, exciting and challenging experience. There are also lots of positives to sharing a gap year with a close friend or a group of mates as it can make that first step into independence feel less daunting. Ultimately, it is up to what feels most comfortable for you, but if you don't have someone to travel with, don't let that put you off! If you sign up for an organised tour or join in with an gap year experience volunteering or working abroad you'll be making new friends before the plane has even touched down!

When should I take a gap year?

Most people take their gap year trip between finishing school and going to university. Taking a year's break from education can really benefit your upcoming university experience. Your gap year trip will give you time to refresh and recharge your batteries, so when the time comes to go to university you'll start with a new sense of purpose and motivation. You can gain some serious career kudos and make your personal statement or CV sparkle by adding some paid work experience or by becoming a volunteer abroad.

A gap year is great preparation for university life. If you're worried about leaving behind friends and family when you move to university, then taking a gap year will be one of the best things you can do. For some, their gap year is the first taster they get of living a truly independent life, and they have to learn from scratch how to look after themselves. Leaving your parents behind can be hard, for you and for them, but what better way to stand on your own two feet than by seeing the world? You might decide to take your gap year after university, or even later in life as a career break. Maybe you want to volunteer, try a new skill or set off on an adventure or party trip abroad?

How will a gap year change my life?

Your gap year will give you better perspective in your life, meaning you'll be taking some truly life-changing experiences back home with you. These experiences will have a massive impact on your future, broaden your horizons and set you on the road to independence. A gap trip can be the time in your life when you learn the most about yourself, discover new avenues for your future and have the unforgettable experience of a lifetime. A gap year is an open door for everyone, giving you a fresh perspective and a whole new lease of life so the question is not so much is a gap year for you, but which gap year is right for you? Check out our ten gap year ideas for more inspiration and get ready to set off around the world!