Why Take a Gap Year?

Taking a gap year

Why Take a Gap Year?

Why go on a gap year? Our definition of taking a gap is taking time out to do something fun, exciting, different and memorable. The duration of that gap is entirely up to you. It could be anything from a couple of weeks to a couple of years; it's simply taking a break from your normal routine to experience some of the amazing things that this world has to offer.

Have fun planning!

Everyone has their own reasons for choosing to take a gap year, although you may not yet be sure where to go or have yet worked out what activities you want to plan in to your gap year or what you want to do. We are here to help you with that decision! Planning and researching your trip is hugely important and is also a lot of fun. The two key decisions you'll face are deciding where to go and what to do on a gap year. These two things are often interlinked and it's therefore essential to strike a balance that is right for you. Much will depend on what sorts of activities you want to plan in, whether that be getting your adrenaline racing with some adventure travel or taking things at a much more relaxed pace on a tour or beach break.

Reasons to take a gap year

There are many reasons why people take a gap year. You don't really need an excuse to travel, but below we've put together a list of the most common reasons people choose to head off on a new adventure:

  • Taking time out before university or college
  • Taking a break after university or college before embarking on a career
  • Fed up with your job and decide to take a career break
  • Using redundancy money to have fun
  • Enjoying a trip after retirement
  • To do something different with time off, not just lying on a beach for two weeks
  • To give something back and to do something worthwhile, like volunteering abroad
  • To gain a valuable life experience
  • To meet new people and see new and exciting places
  • To do some paid work and earn cash in a more enticing and warmer countries
  • Kids have left home, so a great opportunity for parents to treat themselves
  • To learn new skills
  • To help get over a relationship break up
  • Just being unsure what you want to do with your life!

You might have a top destination already in mind, somewhere you've always wanted to go or a country you've always dreamed about seeing. Or you might want to see it all with a round the world travel experience! Whatever you want to do, there are so many good reasons to take a gap year it might just be the best decision you ever made. So have fun planning your gap year and you won't be able to wait to be whisked away to see all the wonders of the world!