I wish I had…known these tips before I started my Gap Year
Dreaming of hitting the open road? You are not alone… For most, the thought of travelling is extremely exciting, however, it can also be quite daunting. And for lots of gap year backpackers, it may be the first time properly leaving the security of home.
So, in order to make sure you get the most out of your trip of a lifetime (and gap year as a whole), here is a list of “I wish I had…” – advice from the more experienced travellers out there – happy travelling everyone…
I wish I had…earned more money gap year advice We know travelling isn’t exactly the cheapest activity on the planet. Working hard to fund your dream trip is essential. Why not squeeze in the extra shift now, when you can, meaning that you can really make the most out of your trip and can do all the activities that take your fancy when you are away. Avoid having to utter the words ” would love to do it, but can’t afford it.”
I wish I had… left it behind what to leave behind on a gap year I’m not exactly the lightest packer so I understand the struggles of having to pack ‘only the essentials’… Just remember, the heavier you pack, the more uncomfortable carrying your bag around will be… Therefore be smart about what you decide to take with you… @lavandula said, “Some trips I have taken a travel knife-fork-and-spoon set and never used them, and regretted immensely taking them…”
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I wish I had…brought it with me what to take on a gap year However, there are some essentials that many have recommended bringing and are not necessarily obvious… @Iowa_Redhead said, “I always take a small chunk of cardboard (about 5″ long and barely wider than the tape) and wrap duct tape many times around that. It doesn’t take up near the space or weight that the entire roll would but it’s come in handy on pretty much every trip. Many people roll tape around a pencil but that makes for a pretty fat little roll. My way keeps it flat and easy to stash in the day bag.”
o Blister Plasters o A Pen o Earplugs o Washing line