If you are thinking about taking a break from education and heading off travelling you have come to the right place! But there are lots of things to consider before you book a trip.
Firstly, a "gap year" does not have to be a year. Most people who head off on what they call a gap year, actually go travelling for a few months. The term gap year (or gapyear) has now come to simply mean a period of travelling abroad. So if you are planning to be away for a few weeks, don't be put off by the term gap year.
Secondly, going travelling is good for you! After years of studying and exams, taking a break will recharge your batteries and refresh your mind. When you are away, all the worries you have had over the past months will drift away and you'll wonder why you were so stressed! It's a great feeling!
Universities and Employers now recognise that heading off travelling is a good thing, to be encouraged. People return from going travelling with clearer ideas about what they want to study or what their next steps should be. Fending for yourself abroad and learning about the world by seeing it will help you to become mature and confident, ready for what is to come.
So, to find out more about how to plan a trip abroad, check out our free 72-page guide "Should I go Travelling?". Inside you'll find lots of advice and ideas, as well as useful tips about packing, vaccinations, visas, local customs, and much more. There is also a section for parents to read.
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