4 Places To Go On Your Gap Year
From gap years to post-University breaks, trips are a great opportunity to see the world and to tick a few things off of your bucket list. Pre-work you’re relatively free to go wherever you like for as long as you like, so taking a gap year is seemingly becoming more and more popular. One problem is that there are so many places to go. Even now 2 years after graduating every time I check my social media accounts they’re plagued with pictures of people having an amazing time, all across the world, I know I’d be struggling to find where to start in picking one place to go. So here’s a little run down of a few of the most popular places to go on a gap year and why.
With kangaroos interrupting golf matches and the Hemsworth brothers, what’s not to love about Australia? Australia is massively popular with students and post-students, and it’s easy to see why. From bustling Sydney for city lovers to places like Daintree Rainforest and the Grampians National Park, this country is crammed with amazing once in a life time opportunities. One day you can be relaxing on white sand beach and the next you can be exploring in the outback, there’s no shortage of experiences and Instagram-able views.
Thailand is without a doubt a favourite of undergraduates and postgraduates and I can totally see why. People seem to transform there; they go from an occasionally interesting person with the right filter on Instagram, to an elephant-riding, snorkelling savvy, tiger cuddling bad-ass. With an infinite amount of beautiful and culturally rich places to visit like The Grand Palace and The Golden Triangle and an awesome nightlife, Thailand suits so many individuals and can promise an unique experience for just about anyone.
Pretzels, corn-dogs, chilli dogs, oh... and the Grand Canyon, National Parks and all those places you see in movies. America is well-known for its myriad of beautiful roads and the West coast of America is the epitome ‘road trip’. Whether you go for the drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles, passing through Big Sur, which is meant to be one of the most beautiful drives in the world or the famous Route 66, which will give you the chance to visit all of the states between California and Chicago, it seems that driving is definitely the best way to experience America. You can turn up your music and embrace having the total freedom of deciding what you do and when.
From Rome to Iceland, Europe is just on our doorstep and has tons to offer. So why not hit as many countries as possible? The benefit of staying in Europe is that you can visit so many countries in so little time. You could drive it; deciding where you stay and how long for as you go or use the Interrail for a relatively cheap and totally viable option. The diverse amount of cultures crammed into Europe makes it a unique option. Oh, and just to sway you, according to Science Daily (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150423130327.htm)... Four of the happiest countries in the world are in Europe (which leads me to assume that they must offer some real good food and have rooms full of puppies to nap with, maybe double check this before you sign up though!).
We’d love to hear where you’re planning on going / have been, so share some tips on your travelling must sees in the comment section and help others make the most of this special time.
Written by Harriet Burgess-Barker