Gap years are an exciting concept, allowing you to explore the world and experience a wealth of breathtaking scenery and diverse cultures. From an array of visa’s to saving up for multiple currencies to just what is considered to be an essential travel item, there are plenty of considerations to make which may mean important decisions may get overlooked and left until the last minute. Whether you choose to be brave and travel alone or opt to embark on this adventure with your friend’s, here are a number of key logistics to consider before you jet off to explore the globe.
It may not be on the top of your to do list, but travel insurance is perhaps one of the best gifts you can buy for yourself before you head off on your travels. You may think travel insurance is an unnecessary spend, especially when you have already forked out a huge chunk of your savings on your travel and accommodation, but it is vital that you purchase this. From missed flights to broken limbs, travel insurance can cover a range of eventualities that can (and often will) go wrong. It’s imperative that you read the terms and conditions in detail to ensure you are covered for as much as possible, or else you may face an expensive bill when things go pear shaped.
If you’re spending more than a few months adventuring, then it’s vital that you know where your next wage will come from. You may have worked hard and saved up for the past year or so, or have inherited a sum of money to help aid your travels, but this may not necessarily cover you for the entirety of your trip. Travelling can prove to be an expensive time, but luckily there is often plenty of work for travellers to do in order to make a little extra cash. From farming to shop work, spend some time noting down contact details for the places you’d like to work whilst you’re away, and ensure your CV and cover letter are up to date and safely saved to a portable memory device ready to print.
Although you may think it an easy task coming across a job whilst travelling, it’s crucial to research in order to make sure you have the correct visas in order for each country or else you may face a heavy fine or even deportation.
Gap Year Storage
If you’re planning your gap year pre-university, it’s likely that you won’t have to worry about storing your belongings and renting out your room or home. If however, you plan on taking a break from further education to travel or are taking a break from the working world, ensuring your belongings are safely stored away is certainly something to think about. If you’re a home owner and considering renting your home whilst you’re away to maintain a regular income or you’re renting your student room, storing your belongings is a must. If you don’t have the space to store these items within your loft space or garage, companies such as Safe Store offer specially designed travel packages to enable you to protect your precious belongings and keep them out of harm’s way whilst you’re away.
There are plenty of essential decisions to make, so to ensure you don’t miss anything important, make a list and tick off each task as you complete it to keep track of what is left to do. Happy adventuring!