Gap Year

Taking a gap year
When I finished high school my parents were set on me going straight to university and getting a degree. They thought that if I had a year off I wouldn’t go back. While they had good intentions, a gap year truly was what I needed to find myself, my passions and a career that suited me.   As we finish high school we feel so much pressure to make a decision for our future, yet we haven’t really had a chance to discovered ourselves and what we genuinely like/ dislike. Most people choose a degree because it sounds good, or their friends are doing it, which turns into an EXPENSIVE decision. Study is expensive, time consuming and stressful and you shouldn’t enrol unless you are certain you know what you want to do. A gap year can be the best way to find out what you are passionate about and what career will suit you. You may even discover that university isn’t for you and that is totally okay, University isn’t for everyone.   This blog focuses on the benefits of taking a gap year before university. I suggest doing a working holiday on your gap year, but you can do anything […]

Don’t listen to your parents: Take a gap year before ...

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If you want to see more with less money, a working holiday is the way to go. My first two overseas trips were working holidays in Canada. During both of my working Holidays in Canada, I based myself in Lake Louise and travelled around the US, Mexico and South and Central America. I generally worked three months then travelled one, however you can do a working holiday in a number of ways. There are so many benefits of a working holiday, which I have highlighted below.   The Benefits of a Working Holiday As soon as you start working, you don’t need to spend your savings Both times I did a working holiday, I had a job organised before I arrived in the country. This meant I would fly in, spend a week exploring then head to my new town and start work. As soon as the money starts rolling in, you don’t need to spend your savings. You can live off your earnings and even save more money for travel. Fully immerse yourself into another country, culture and way of life Your experience in another country will be 100% different if you go on a three week holiday compared to […]

Benefits of a Working Holiday

I truly believe that EVERYONE should travel in their 20’s, as far and as wide as possible (well, as you can possibly afford). Your 20’s are the time to go, read on to discover why 1. In your twenties, you have less responsibilities and commitments. Go before you get that boring desk job, children, pets, a partner or a mortgage.   2. Saving in your twenties is easier. Living at home while you save for your adventure around the world is totally acceptable in your twenties, not so much when you are 35.   3. The younger you are, the more time you have. Imagine if you went to Canada and fell in love, deciding to get a visa to live and work there, only to later discover you can’t get a visa after the age of 32 (at least not with ease). Going when you’re young allows you time to stay longer and if you choose, you can go from country to country on a working holiday visa, you have time.   4. You can do it cheaper in your twenties. Get a bed in a hostel for a fraction of the price of a hotel. Meet new friends and […]

EVERYONE should travel in their 20’s – this is why

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Ever since I can remember, I have had a strong desire to travel and explore the world. As a child I would watch TV shows, dreaming to one day visit the places seen on screen:  New York, LA, Hollywood, London etc. My childhood dream was ALWAYS to be a flight attendant. As I met with my high schools Careers Advisor, I told her of my dream to become a flight attendant. She urged me to rethink so I took her advice and enrolled into a Bachelor of Business majoring in Real Estate and Property Development at university. Why did I choose this program? Time was running out, year 12 was ending, I felt enormous pressure to make a decision about what my future would hold, and at the time I thought, that sounds alright. So that was that. The next 3 years of my life and $30,000 was decided by the flip of a coin, so to speak. The very next year I started my Business degree, feeling that the decision I had made would affect my whole life. I was mid-way through the semester and things just didn’t feel right.  I was extremely unhappy at a time that should […]

Why I Packed My Bags and Moved Overseas at 18

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There are soooo many reasons why EVERYONE should take a gap year. Despite what your parents might think, you can learn just as much from experiences and cultures as you can from an education. I’m not saying you shouldn’t study, but what’s the harm in taking a year or two off.  A gap year can add so much value to your education and career if done properly. I think everyone should travel abroad during their gap year, and these are the reason why. At 18 we have no idea what we want to do! Lets be honest, at 21, 25 and 30 some people still have no idea. A gap year gives us time to think about what we really want to do. During high school we are pressured to make a decisions about our future. In year 12 I thought the decision I made would affect my whole life. Looking back I can see there is no harm in taking a year or two off to think about it and get to learn your likes and dislikes. Don’t study if you don’t know what you want to do Studying when you don’t know what you want is a waste […]

Why You Should Take a Gap Year