Oh yeah, sorry that was so long! Wanted to make it convinving lol..... it ended up boring but at least I feel like I tried!(Original post by Pop_tart)
Interesting! thanks for sharing your story!
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Got saved 10000 pounds for a gap year. watch
- 04-02-2010 22:40
(Original post by Holly Hiskey)
- 04-02-2010 22:43
Oh yeah, sorry that was so long! Wanted to make it convinving lol..... it ended up boring but at least I feel like I tried!
- 06-02-2010 20:23
Bear in mind a lot of people leave university mid study to take gap years, because spending 7 years in secondary school then another 3/4 years in university and possibly more after isn't for everyone. Taking a break is a good idea, provided you do something with that time. I don't know, if you feel you want to take a gap year take one. You could easily travel around the world for a year with that kind of money.
- 07-02-2010 01:43
my amount feels pathetic compared to that
(Original post by _KilgoreTrout_)
- 07-02-2010 15:30
Did you just travel on your own? What was that like vs going with people? Did you meet people out and about or not?
How much did this end up costing you?
A month in Asia is do-able on £1500, possibly less depending on how fussy you are regarding hotels etc. Feel free to PM me regarding hotels etc in Thailand, China and Nepal- I stayed mainly in major cities but if that's what you're after I might be able to help you out!
- 12-02-2010 12:01
I went travelling for a whole year - 4 months in South America, 3 months in Oz and New Zealnd and 5 months in Asia - and did it for just about £10,000 all in including flights and everything. Travelling by yourself makes it a lot cheaper so you could probably do 5 - 6 months on half your money, but if you want to do some volunteer work it will eat into this a bit more, but is a great way to meet people and get some 'CV fodder' showing you did something worthwhile on your time away, if this is what you want. Generally Oz and NZ were a lot more expensive, and if I'd missed these out and stayed in the cheaper continents then i reckon I could have stretched £10000 to about 13-15months - although this would be keeping the purse strings very tight.
It's a bit cheaper travelling with someone in Asia as it tends to be hotels, and doubles work out cheaper than singles, but I was there by myself and always ended up sharing doubles with people I met on buses or tours that I went on. it doesn't make much of a difference in South America as it is hostels everywhere and dorms are always cheap. travelling alone gives you a lot more freedom and encourages you to meet people but can be a bit lonely if you go a week or so without meeting people, but then being with someone can become a bit frustrating if you're always looking to do different things and won't give each other your space - it's really important you have a good relationship with the person you are looking to travel with if it;s for an extended period, as it becomes more intense than a regular friendship back home. Hope this is useful...
- 18-02-2010 18:19
I went 'travelling' for a year and am now at uni. I love uni but gapping it is the best thing i've ever done too! I recommend it to everyone. Half the people at uni have taken a year out but use it wisely.
I went with a charity called Project Trust - www.projecttrust.org.uk - it cost me £4000 for a year as a science and maths teacher in Guyana, South America but I fundraised all this money before I left because it was a charitable cause. Project Trust do all sorts from social work in Bolivia, kayak instructing in Hong Kong and teaching english in China etc etc. And all the projects are for a year.
With my year, I got holidays because I was working in a school and there were 20ish other volunteers in Guyana at the same time as me. We all spent xmas and New Years in Trinidad and Tobago, at Easter I went down to Manaus, Brazil, then in summer I travelled through Guatemala, Honduras and Belize doing a load of diving. And of course, during the terms I was living in a little village in the middle of the Guyanese jungle making loads of friends and having loads of fun and also teaching full time at the school.
Don't go straight to uni, you will never get the same opportunites again.