Welcome back to my relatively reliable Saturday installments. 😉 This week I thought it was about time I shared with you all why on earth I decided to do a gap year.
As you probably can guess, I finished the school last year (2018) and had been freaking out for a while as to what to do with my first year out of school. I looked at a couple of options (as I’ve mentioned previously) but this one just feels like the right fit for me.
Big reasons for deciding 2019 would be a gap year include:
– People say you can travel anytime, but really you only get one chance to travel like I am, with minimal responsibilities, no kids, no partner, no rent, and my job is casual enough that I can take two months off. Once I leave university I’ll have a student loan, and I’ll be looking for a career. I think for me it was imperative for my self growth to take on the challenge of working and travelling at 18, and it feels a lot more like me than going straight to university.
– the travel bug. Even though I’ve done my fair share of travelling, I have that feeling that says I still haven’t done enough!! I have so many places on my bucket list, and I want to tick some of them off now!!
– money. Even with first fees free, university is incredibly expensive, and that’s only the first year of, generally, at least three. I couldn’t really justify that amount of money, anticipating the debt, knowing I hadn’t travelled of my own initiative yet. It gives me so much joy seeing how my work is going directly towards my travel plans!
– life experience. I’ve said this before too, but I know for a fact I need more life experience before I go to university/tertiary study. Travelling, especially relatively on your own/of your own initiative pushes you in a way nothing else can. Culture shock, language barriers, currency conversion, planning, budgeting, socialising, and interaction skills are all there. You learn a sense of patience, acceptance, and it broadens your mind further than your own culture, language, community, and country. It can’t be implemented any other way.
University/study, family and relationships will wait, but the chance to travel has to be grabbed while you can. I think there are a lot of merits for studying, and whenever you chose to do that should be when it feels best for you.
I can’t wait to share more of my gap year life with you, and if there are any particular posts related to this topic that you’d like to see let me know in the comments below!!
Have you done a gap year? Would you do one? What would you do with it? Any travel destinations you can recommend? I’d love to know in the comments!!
Until next time,