It’s bank holiday Monday here in the UK and the sun has been shining so I’m sure it’s crossed more than a few minds that it would be great not to have to go back to the office tomorrow. So, if a grown up gap year takes your fancy then read on…
Today’s If We Can Do It interviewee has asked to remain anonymous but his trip still sounds amazing!
1. Why did you decide to take your grown up gap year? Was it a difficult decision to make?
I took my gap year as I’m pretty feckless and I didn’t really think of the possible consequences. Looking back I’m glad I didn’t think about it as I may never have done it.
2. What were other people’s reactions when you told them your plans?
I think the most negativity was from people who have never travelled and don’t really understand the whole travel bug thing. A lot of people say: “I envy you, I wish I could do it.” The truth is anyone can do it, if you want it enough.
3. How long did your trip take and where did you go?
My trip was 11 months and the places I went are as follows: Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia (Bali & Jakarta), Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the USA.
4. How did you finance your grown up gap year?
Once I’d decided to do it, I saved all my money. That way I could go and not have to worry about working along the way.
5. Did you go alone or with family/friends?
6. What is your travel style? (Ie. Budget hostels/Mid-range hotels/Luxury travel – less is more, travelling slowly/pack in as much as possible)
At that time of my life I was happy with hostels, now I’m older I do prefer a little more luxury (budget allowing).
7. Do you go for tours or do it alone?
Alone, I like to do my own thing
8. What is the best thing about taking a grown up gap year?
It makes you put things into perspective and give you an appreciation that the world is a beautiful place and full of beautiful people.
9. And were there any downsides?
The only one is that I’ll never ever be truly settled anywhere again, I always want to go wandering!
10. What advice would you give to anyone thinking of setting off on their own grown up gap year?