Gap Year Articles

Everyone else can’t wait to start packing their bags and planning how to decorate their freshman dorm rooms, but you can’t stop thinking about running off to Australia. You decided you're in need of some time to travel, work or volunteer before you commit yourself to four more...
When I was in Cambodia , I met a guy named Jobe. Jobe was 19 years old at the time, taking a break before heading off to University . He’d been gone for a year. But in that year of living abroad, he hadn’t wasted a second. As Jobe told me his stories over a beer in the hostel bar...
One day, we look up and we’ve been working in the same place or in the same industry for years. Friends get married, have kids -- you might even get married and have kids -- but ultimately, we take the same metro every day, occupy our same cubicle every day, and eat our same bag...
You’ve selected the destination, started your research, and daydream constantly about the adventures you'll have on your gap year abroad . Except, you don't want to waste your time. You want to learn something new -- why not start by learning a new language on your gap year? The...
Heading straight for college after the four-year slog of high school isn’t for everyone. More and more, students are deferring their college admissions and taking a gap year to see the world, or even taking a break in their college years for the same reason. We want to see you...
Let’s face it, gap years full of great food are the best. No matter where you spend your gap year, you’re pretty much guaranteed to try something new and delicious, but some destinations are simply better than others for the self-described foodies and adventurous eaters. Keep an...
Expat life can very rapidly swing from one extreme to the other, particularly when it comes to making friends. You’re no longer hopping from hostel to hostel, meeting new people in common rooms and trains, running the conversational gamut of Where are you from / Where are you...
"When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable." -- Clifton Fadiman Anyone who has ever visited another country, especially on a cruise ship, should know that this statement is blatantly...
So you’ve spent the past -- how long? Six months? One year? -- sitting at your desk daydreaming, clicking through pictures of exotic destinations, and longingly checking flight prices. And finally you’ve made the decision. It’s time to take off and travel ! But there’s that whole...