Planning your gap year

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The easy part is deciding that you want to go travelling, the hard part is getting the plan into action. The biggest problem is information overload; there's just too many different voices out there. But fear not. We’ve ejected the non-essentials to give you the simplest first steps to get you from dreaming, to planning your trip of a lifetime.

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Planning your gap year

  1. 1. PLANNING The easy part is deciding that you want to go travelling, the hard part is getting the plan into action.YOUR GAP The biggest problem is information overload; theres just too many different voices out there. But fear YEAR … not. We’ve ejected the non-essentials to give you the simplest first steps to get you from dreaming, to planning your trip of a lifetime. ???“5 SIMPLE STEPS”
  2. 2. 1. Budget Questions? 1. When do you want to go? 2. How much money do you“I Haven’t even decided where to go!” have?We hear you cry. Keep your little 3. How much money can youtraveling boots on the ground, youwont be going anywhere if you don’t realistically acquirehave any cash stashed. by fair means beforeNow is the time to smash open that departure?piggy-bank, time to ask your parents,your grandparents, even your fairygodparents for some monies. Once you’ve figured out how much money you have to spend, you will know what options are open to you or not. Before you even start Googleing :FULL mOON PaRTY: draw up a realistic plan of how long you want to be away, how much your going to WARNING! A year traveling around need and how long its going Australia could easily cost £12,000, to take to save up for it. and remember immigration might not even let you in if they don’t think you have enough money to complete your trip!
  3. 3. 2. Duration Where? .3 Gap Year is some what of a misnomer, not that many people head out on the road for a whole year. We’d recommend 6 months of working and TOP 5 saving money, followed by 6 months 1. Backpacking South East Asia on the road, but it is totally up to 2. Fruit picking in Australia you. 3. Round the World Ticket 4. Trekking in the Andes 5. Working with an NGO Are you a fly be the seat There really are limitlessof your pants traveller or opportunities when it comes to yourdo you need it all planned gap year. It does depend to some degree on what you want to get out of out? your gap year. If you are just looking for new experiences and fun then it doesn’t really matter where you go, but if you are looking for FACTOID: John Waite is perhaps the experiences that will look good on a oldest backpacker in the world at 89. CV, you should put a great deal of He started traveling in 1982, that’s thought into this, NGO’s like VSO 30 years on the road! offer many opportunities to help communities around the world.
  4. 4. INSURACE: Insurance may be the last thing you4. Papers? want to think about when planning your gap year travel, who wants to think about things going wrong! But without it things can go from bad to horrific! Where are your papers?! Resources.5PASSPORT:It is vital that you have a validpassport for the entire length of yourtrip. It can be expensive, stressfuland hard work trying to get a newpassport in a foreign country. It isalso a legal requirement in manycountries that you have a valid 1. Foreign & Commonwealth Officepassport with you at all times as a 2. gapyear.comform if ID. 3. Voluntary Services Overseas 4. BunacVISA: 5. STA TravelYou will almost certainly need a visa 6. OZintroif you plan to travel outwith the EU.For some countries it’s a simple formlike on flights to Dubai, but forothers you may have to have thisorganised long before you get on theplane to go. Check the UK FCO websitefor more info.

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