Whether you’re putting your career on hold, working on the road, or just wanting some adventures, travelling is a great way to take stock, hear your own voice and make some incredible memories.
But before you go, you’re going to need to make the most out of your time in the big wide world, and a much as you just want to hop on a plane and let the adventures begin, you’re going to need a few handy travel tips to get everything off to a good start.
Remember, if you’re heading off traveling alone, with a friend or in a group, you’re going to need some decent medical travel insurance, so make sure that’s ticked off your list! Read on for your gap year checklist and happy traveling!
before you go
Don’t be tempted to just burn your maps and go where the wind takes you. Doing a little research might feel like you’re sucking the fun out of it all but doing some research will not only save you money but also help you plan where you want to be on certain days/months.
- Check the local area for public holidays and local celebrations/festivals. Whether you’re in Spain and stumble across a Spanish Fiesta, or your time in China happens to coincide with Chinese New Year; do a little research before you go and you could have a front seat at some of the worlds greatest festivals and celebrations. Just be wary of travelling during public holidays if you’re on a budget – as these times of year usually come with inflated prices.
- Check the weather. Rainy season in Thailand? As spectacular as the monsoon season might be to witness, it might put a dampener on the activities you had in mind. Seasons vary in different countries to make sure you know what to expect when and where.
when you're there
- Stay in different locations. Think about how different one end of your hometown is to the other. Make the effort to try staying in a different location after a couple of days. You’ll get to see more of the city you’re staying in and discover more about the culture too. Different people, different stories, different architecture, etc.
- Take local transport. If it’s safe to do so of course. What better way to feel and experience local life then doing what the locals do? It’ll be cheaper too!
- Make friends with the locals. You know what they say, if you’re going to reject the food, the culture, the customs and the people then you might as well stay home instead. It costs nothing to learn a couple of phrases and wish locals good morning or goodnight. Give it a try!
- TAKE PHOTOS. It might seem obvious. But you’d be surprised how many travellers get caught up in the moment and forget to take pictures. Try to take some normal, natural shots. Not everything has to be Instagram worthy.