There are many benefits to taking a gap year. The question is, why don’t more people do it? Many times students might feel that taking a gap year means losing a year of their career life, a complete waste of time or simply too complicated to plan.
I am taking a gap year in order to pay for my studies at university the next year, but it won’t consist of only work. I plan on exploring several countries, cultures and meeting new people. I made the decision to take a gap year at around March 2016, and since then I am looking forward to it more and more.
If you properly think about it, the only way a gap year could be less beneficial is if you are lazy and decide to do nothing all year, which is of course up to you. If you plan well and decide to exit your comfort zone, I can assure you that you won’t be wasting a year at all.
So what are the actual benefits to this extra year? I think there are countless, but I will mention a few and explain them.
- If you’re not sure about the future
- You become interesting
- You get to take a break
- Imagine the possibilities
If you wish to earn money as well as travel during this gap year like me, look up work and travel programs. My plan for the moment is to be an au pair in a European country until the end of the year. If I find a job in said country I will be earning a little, and will be able to plan perfectly the rest of the year. Just thinking about a gap year is so exciting, so don’t let the budget prevent you from exploring your options!