Types of gap year
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If you ask 20 different people about the first thing they think of when you mention a gap year, you could get 20 different answers. That just shows how many possibilities there are for what you can do. It’s not just for rich people, or students who want to avoid going to university as long as possible, or someone who doesn’t mind living out of a backpack for 12 months – it’s for you, and it’s up to you how you want to spend your year. Probably the most common time to take a gap year is before you start your degree. You’ll have finished your A Levels and got a place at a university, but just want a break before getting back into study mode. But then, it can also be nice to have your gap year after you’ve finished your degree, as you’ll want spend as much time as possible with your mates before getting into the daily grind of the working world. Backpacking is a popular choice for a gap year, as it’s great to do in groups, follows as strict a schedule as you want to and is a fantastic way to see different countries. The biggest drawback is money, but you can try to fit in some work around your travels to fund the next venture. There are lots of programmes that help students find short-term work, so starting off with that and then hiking off into the sunset afterwards is also an option.
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