Taking a gap year lets you explore the world, increase your self-development and build lifelong memories before taking your next step in life. But with so many places to see and experiences to choose from, how do you know where to start? This step-by-step guide takes you through the whole process, from planning your trip and funding your travel, to organising volunteer programmes and finding work. There are even handy sections giving tips on what to pack and how you can settle back down when you return home. As well as chapters dedicated to where to go and what to see, the guide looks at how to look after yourself on your travels and the best ways to stay in touch with friends and family. Small enough to fit in your backpack, but big on information, this guide will arm you with the essential information needed to enjoy a fun-packed adventure that you will never forget.
Practicalities? Volunteering? Working and Studying? Health and Safety? Asia? Africa? North America? South America? Australia? New Zealand and the Pacific? Europe? Readjustment
'I read Gap Years because my daughter has been talking about the possibility of entertaining a year out from studying next year. I can see that this book is useful to appease the parents worries slightly and also to help the intrepid traveller sort themselves out. From choosing where to go, looking after yourself, how to earn money and much more. And even what about when you come home. I found the way it was written concise and interesting. Particularly interesting were the chapters on the different places - each offering interesting places to visit, things to avoid and even suggestions of things to do before you go such as languages.'Totz2teens.co.uk