Gap Year Articles

The first time I traveled alone, I spent part of my time on a backpacker bus in New Zealand. As far as solo travel, that’s about as easy as it gets -- a) it’s New Zealand, and b) you’re “alone” on a bus full of other travelers, that takes you from point A to point B to point C,...
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...
Life is best lived working. The more work the better. Americans follow this life mantra: We work harder, longer, and with less vacation than nearly all our 1st world peer countries. Sadly, not every country understands the value of a good old fashioned lifetime of uninterrupted...
It’s happened. Your child may still be your child, but they aren’t in diapers anymore. They are individuals now, and they may not like the “right” path of life that so many of us are inclined to follow - you know - go to school, get a job, get married and live happily ever after...
If you’ve been bitten by the travel bug but are questioning how to take the plunge into international travel, then setting off to au pair abroad may be right for you. Simply moving abroad displays a huge sense of courage and ability to take risks. Surviving it shows your ability...
A quick Google search will lead you to hundreds of reasons why taking a gap year after high school and before college is a good idea . At the same time, it’s easy to get caught up in the applying-to-college hooplah. So what do you do if you’ve gone over the pros and cons and...
If you want to take a gap year but don't have the funds to sustain yourself backpacking, consider applying for a working holiday visa and taking a job as an au pair abroad. Being an au pair means you provide full-time childcare for a family in exchange for room and board and a...
The world outside your door is calling... but its exact directions are a little muffled. It’s an exciting time to be a young person with dreams of seeing the world, as there are now more ways to get abroad than ever before. But more opportunities = tougher choices. Here at Go...