So, you have decided to take a gap year. We salute you! The next step, however, is to decide what you want to do during that gap year. Travelling is a number one option to many young people who want to explore the world, learn about different cultures and more.
Travelling during your gap year is the perfect time to do it. You have a year off with barely any obligations, seldom does this opportunity come around again. So, you want to make the most of it. You can also try volunteering gap year holidays in Thailand. When volunteering, you are opening yourself up to fulfilling experiences whilst helping the bigger picture.
Apart from that though, there are plenty other great reasons to spend your gap year on the road. Here’s some of them:
It’s a rare opportunity
You’ll rarely get this time to explore at such a length. The world is your oyster and a gap year presents the perfect opportunity to explore the world and work or volunteer abroad. Whether you want to teach kids in Thailand or help a Monkey conservation project in South America, the world is a big place. You will no doubt find several things that entice your mind and spirit.
It’s great for your CV
Travelling at a young age shows you are open to the world and have a border perspective. It also shows you are willing to step outside your comfort zone and take risks. This is very appealing to prospective employers who want a candidate who fits the role but offers something more. You can also volunteer in connection with your studies, which boosts your employability even further.
The people you meet
The connections you make, worldwide, is absolutely invaluable. It will open up many opportunities to you in the years to come and you can’t regret making new friends from different lands. It will open your eyes as you are exposed to different ways of life and ways of connecting. You will also be surprised that many of these friendships last for years to come.
You get essential thinking time
Whether you want to contemplate your next steps or serious career and lifestyle changes, travelling helps big time. This precious time allows you to reassess things and put things into a new perspective. Often, being on the road during a gap year can be very introspective. You have time away from your normal life, friends, family and routines. This means you are open to inspiration and connecting with yourself on a deeper level.
As you can see, the reasons and benefits are equally endless. Travelling on your gap year can do so much for your spirit, personality development and future. It’s an investment in yourself that is worth way more than anything else you can buy!
Contributed by Katrina Fernandez
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