10 luglio 2020

7 tips for planning an incredible gap year

7 tips for planning an incredible gap year

Going on a gap year is one of the most unique and exciting experiences that you can enjoy. Whether you’ve just left school or university, or you're taking a break from your studies or your job, a gap year is an incredible way to try out new things, explore the world and have fun!

The global pandemic may have changed your plans about what you’re going to be doing over the next year. You may have decided to defer a university place, or you may be between jobs and want to have a break from working for a year.

Despite the uncertainty about travel, there are still lots of opportunities about having a gap year that you’ll remember forever!

Here are 7 tips to help you plan a gap year in the current climate:

 

Find out where you can travel

With travel restrictions still in force in lots of countries worldwide, you need to find out where exactly you can travel. You could try plotting out on a map all of the countries which have announced lockdown easing, and so you can work out a route if you plan on visiting more than one country. Several countries, like Portugal and Georgia, have openly said that they’re welcoming tourists.

 

Be aware of government advice

The most important aspect of your gap year is that you stay safe. To do this, you need to listen to and respect government guidelines - both for your one country and the countries you plan on travelling to. Make sure you always follow the rules to make sure you keep you and others around you safe.

 

Look for job opportunities abroad

As the global economy looks to rebuild itself after the pandemic there will be a number of job opportunities and internships as companies around the world look for hard-working and energetic people to help them get their business back on track. Looking at job boards like Go Overseas will keep you in the loop about what’s available.

 

Travel closer to home

Although you may have dreams of distant and exotic horizons for your gap year, it’s likely that you may not be able to travel quite as far as you hoped. Staying closer to home, and travelling to countries nearby (on the same continent maybe!) will make planning much easier, and will be a lot more simple to travel back from if necessary.

 

Volunteer

In many countries around the world, resources are being stretched as a result of the pandemic, and all volunteer help is appreciated. Volunteering as part of your gap year will give you an all-new experience, as well as letting you make a difference in a world that’s going through a tough time! Check out Unicef and Projects Abroad for volunteering opportunities.

 

Complete online courses as you travel

If you’ve chosen to delay your studies, you can still use the time to develop your education. There are so many online courses available that no matter where you are, you can keep on learning! Check out Shaw Academy and Reed to see what’s available.

 

Prepare financially

One of the toughest things about going on a year abroad is managing your money. You’ll want to save as much as you can on everyday things, and so fees on using your card abroad can be very frustrating! With exchange rates constantly changing at the moment, it’s never been more important to choose service providers that you can trust and which won’t charge you unnecessary and unexpected fees.

Paysend is a company that specialises in helping people to explore the world by providing affordable and hassle-free mobile money services to people who love to travel.

Paysend Global Transfers is a money transfer service that lets you send money internationally for very low costs and with excellent exchange rates. So if you go on a gap year and set up a foreign bank account, you can easily transfer money between accounts or receive money from friends or family to your new account.

Paysend Global Account is an international money account that lets you hold, send and spend your money on your travels. With the Paysend Mastercard you can spend like a local wherever Mastercard is accepted, and you can hold up to 7 currencies at one time.

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