Gap Year Articles

It’s that time of the year again! After Christmas but before New Year’s, everyone’s wondering how to close the year, frantically trying to finish up the loose ends of the year before the fresh start the new year promises, and composing some New Year’s resolutions to get rid of...
Last year I left for an adventure in a far away land -- Taiwan. Ilha Formosa, or the Beautiful Island, is just off the coast of China, a tropical paradise on the other side of the world. In between munching on the succulent native fruits and enjoying biking alongside mountains, I...
Robin Pendoley is the Co-Director of the USA Gap Year Fairs , the leading national circuit of events bringing together students, gap year organizations, parents, gap year experts and high school college counselors. We sat down with him to learn more about USA Gap Year Fairs, and...
What if you could hop on an airplane and move to another country tomorrow? Which destination would you pick? Ask me that on any given day, and my answer is likely to be different. But always in my top few picks is the alluring island country of New Zealand! And I reckon I’m not...
Gap years are practically a rite of passage for for 20-somethings from several countries around the world and it's catching on in the USA. This is your year to break away from the usual routine of life. For just one year, you can unchain yourself from classrooms and cubicles to...
Congrats! You’ve decided to move abroad to study , volunteer , or teach , and now you’re packing up and shipping out, ready to take on your new city. You’re probably bubbling over with excitement (and maybe some nerves too), and your family, friends, teachers, and mentors are...
So you have your suitcases packed and your guide book ready. You've triple-checked that you do indeed have both your plane tickets and your passport -- and will maybe check one more time... just in case. You're off to live in a new country for the first time in your life and you...
Updated June 11th, 2015. Contributions by Colin Heinrich. So, you want to travel long-term but your best friend, sister, cousin, neighbor from down the street and best friend from third grade are all unable to pack up and take a year off to travel with you. That's OK -- you might...
The truth is coming out about gap years: they aren’t a way of avoiding your life; they’re a way of living it. There was a time, not too long ago, when people believed that a gap year was only for the flighty, the rich, or Australians and Brits who wanted to see the world. The...