Even though going straight to college after high school seems like the most logical step, if you’re not quite sure what your profession should be, or you’re just not ready for that part of your life to begin yet, taking a gap year seems like an excellent step.
Not only do you get the chance to travel the world and experience new things and new cultures, but you also learn a lot about yourself. If you have second thoughts, take a look at this list and see what the benefits of travelling the world while taking a year off are.
Seeing and experiencing the world
The most logical reason for travelling the world during your gap year is basically the actual idea of travelling around the globe. Seeing different cultures and visiting countries that would otherwise be hard or impossible to doesn’t sound so bad, does it? Take your time to experience, for example, the Chinese culture or Mexican cuisine; learn Portuguese in Lisbon or Swedish in Stockholm. Use this gap year to get to know more about the world you live in – if you don’t do it now, it would be very difficult to do so once work gets in the way. Consider it as an opportunity to mature and find yourself while at the same time seeing what wonders the world has to offer.
Recharging your batteries
After four long high school years, tons of homework, doing tests and studying day and night, taking a deep breath and not thinking about college obligations sounds very tempting. There are two ways to play this: 1) Taking a gap year, locking yourself in your room, playing video games or watching TV shows and eating pizza while doing nothing productive. 2) Taking some time off from the responsibilities you have back at home, seeing distant parts of the world (that you’ve only seen on photographs), and having this opportunity to start the following college year with a fresh mind. The famous Benedict Cumberbatch did this while he was 19 in order to get a new perspective on life, and it’s helped him gain fresh ideas and become one of the most wanted actors in the world.
Discovering new people and places
Gap year travels do not only offer a break from the monotonous everyday responsibilities, they also reward you with new friendships and new and interesting people wherever you go. Friendships matter, and the ones that are strong regardless of cultural differences and distance are quite special. Moreover, this could also give you the chance to try other fun activities you otherwise wouldn’t have had the chance to, such as skinnydipping in the frozen lakes of Norway or going on a Safari in Africa. However, if you have financial difficulties and you think that a whole year off would be too much, there are amazing opportunities for schoolies in 2018 that will take you on a similar experience for a week or two.
Improving yourself in terms of acquiring new skills could be of crucial importance when you actually start college. Trying to be included in the activities you find interesting and working a part-time job in another country is definitely something you would want in your resume in the future. If you don’t know what to study, this is an excellent opportunity to see what the things that make you happy are. Moreover, this gap year can serve for refining all the skills that you’re lacking or want to improve. If you want to learn more German, head to Germany. If you want to know more about biology, take this chance to visit the best botanic gardens in the world.
Steve Jobs did it. Kobe Bryant did it. Barack Obama did it. Pressing a pause button before starting with the college lectures and sometimes painful assignments that are waiting for you is not at all bad. Don’t be scared though – taking these twelve months off doesn’t mean you’ll never make it to college. On the contrary, most of the Universities actually encourage taking a gap year. It will just give you the extra skill you need. Good luck and have fun!
Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on Twitter and Facebook. She is also one of the editors at Higstylife Magazine.