Planning A Gap Year Without All The Stress

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Gap years are such a brilliant idea if you just want to say goodbye to your life and travel the world for a few months. Everyone should try and see as much of this planet as possible, and taking a year out to travel is the best way to do this.

However, as amazing as they are, gap years can also be very stressful to plan. So, to help you out, here’s how you plan one without tearing your hair out and going crazy:

Consider Holiday Packages

No doubt there will be some countries you visit where you just want to relax and enjoy yourself. But, there will be others where there are so many different things you could do - and so much to see - that it makes your head explode just thinking about it. Here, you may want to consider some different holiday packages. If you visit, you’ll see there are packages for a lot of popular gap year locations across Asia and Africa. Packages will essentially mean you have everything planned out for you when you arrive. This takes the stress out of your trip, doesn’t put pressure on you to do things, and means you can just relax and enjoy the new experiences.

Plan Way In Advance

I would say that you shouldn’t plan a gap year without at least a year beforehand to get everything in order. This is because there are so many things to consider when you travel the world. We’re talking about visas, vaccinations, money, possible passport renewals, and so on. Trying to cram this all into the space of a few months will be torture. Leave a minimum of 12 months, but I think 18 months to two years is arguably even better. This gives you so much time to get things ready, and you have loads of time to save up for your trip as well. Try and get all the documents sorted as early as can be because you never know when admin errors might occur, meaning you need to get them re-done, etc.

Save Up Twice As Much As You Need

Normally, you will figure out how much money you need when planning your gap year. Now, take that figure and double it, this will give you the amount of money you really need to save up. Get as close to this as possible, and you will be way less stressed when you’re traveling. It gives you a safety net in case you were very inaccurate with your estimations and end up spending your original guessed amount within a few months. Plus, any money you don’t spend can be used when you get home, so you don’t return totally broke.

I don’t think I’ve ever heard of someone that went on a gap year and didn’t absolutely love it. People say it changes your perspective on life and makes you a much better person overall. Sure, it can be pretty stressful at times as things can go wrong. But, if you follow the tips above, then it will be much easier for you to plan your trip without stressing out too much.

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 Good morning friends. Happy Thursday. I hope that your week is going well so far. I got a raise at work, the boys are back at school, and life is going. 

I am starting to plan my daughter's 4th birthday which is in a couple weeks. I cannot believe that she is turning 4. She's having a Cinderella themed birthday. Wish me luck with all the planning. 

Until next time.

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