The purpose of taking a gap year and going traveling is to step outside your comfort zone and experience new and exciting things. Your gap year should be full of discoveries, fun and a sense of adventure.
Your gap year should be about living in the moment, experiencing new ways of life and making memories that will last you a lifetime. There are certain things that you must do on your gap to ensure that you make the most of your trip.
Here’s our guide to five things you must do on your gap year abroad:
See at least one of the seven wonders of the world
So it might be unrealistic to expect you to see all seven wonders of the world in one trip, but at least make sure you visit one on your travels. From the pyramids of Egypt to the Taj Mahal in India, you should definitely try to see at least one of the wonders of the world – it might be your only chance.
Once you have decided on which wonder of the world you are going to see, speak to locals in the area to ensure you get the most out of your trip. Perhaps you could ask for tips, like when the best time of day to view it is or when it will be least busy, etc.
Take lots of photos
Your gap year is all about making memories, and the best way to do that is by taking lots of photographs. Although it’s nice to have a good camera, remember that while you are traveling you are more prone to theft, so make sure to insure it before your trip.
By taking lots of photos, once you get home you will have lots of photos of your trip, to reminisce over and share with your friends and family.
Learn a new skill
A big part of taking a gap year abroad is having the chance to learn and experience new things. So make sure to take the time to learn or at least try out, something new while you are on your travels.
If you fancy pushing yourself further than just trying something new, why not try out an extreme sport? Whether that’s bungee jumping in Peru, rock climbing in Italy or Kicking Horse River rafting, trying out something new can be a lot of fun.
Taste lots of different cuisines
One of the best parts of taking some time out to travel is that you get to experience different cultures and ways of life, with a big part of this being different types of food.
Don’t spend your entire trip living off chips. Make a habit of sampling at least one local delicacy in every place that you visit. While you might not enjoy everything that you try, you will definitely come back with some stories to tell and a more diverse palette.
Make friends with the locals
Instead of just sticking to the touristy areas of whichever country you are visiting, make an effort to meet some local people. Meeting local people gives you a real feel of a place and allows you to have an authentic experience while you are there. Plus, local people know all the best places to visit.