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Places to go on your gap year

By Sean Burke Subscribe to RSS | April 23rd 2012 | Views:
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With more and more people going to university these days, taking a gap year is becoming an increasingly attractive option. Although budgets vary from person to person, the biggest decision to make for your gap year is where to go. Before you decide where to go, you should decide what sort of experience you are looking for. The range of options available means that there is something for every personality type and budget.

Australia is one of the most popular destinations for gap year students due to the similarity of its culture and the ease of gaining a visa for UK nationals aged between 18-30. The lack of a language barrier and the prevalence of youth hostels and touring activities mean that, if you want a hassle free, and well-travelled gap year, then Australia is a safe option.

If you are interested in seeing a new culture, then South America is a tempting option, with Peru in particular attracting a wide range of gap year tourists. The main draw for Peru is the presence of the Inca trail, and particularly Macchu Picchu. If you speak a little bit of Spanish, then it is easy to get around in Peru. If you are looking to improve your language skills, then Peru offers an opportunity to do this in a new culture. In Peru there are a number of charities that can help you find work building schools or teaching English, meaning that there is a solid infrastructure for the gap year student.

For those who are a little more adventurous, India, from its bustling and crowded cities to its atavistic rural life, offers a real culture shock. The low cost of living in India means that your money will go further. If you are willing to pay for the flights or train tickets, you can travel in India with little difficulty. As with Peru, there are a number of charities that can help you find gap year projects.

If you are looking to completely get away from the Western world, then Africa offers a range of options. Countries such as Zambia are tempting for English-speaking tourists, particularly given the potential for safaris and for charity work. Although there is less infrastructure for gap year students in Africa, a little research can help you find the perfect charity to join forces with.

Whatever you are looking to achieve on your gap year, be sure to research your options carefully, and make sure that you take out gap year travel insurance. You should also always check the home office website before travelling, and ensure you have enough money for a flight home in case of emergency.

Sean Burke - About Author:
The author of this article is a part of a digital marketing agency that works with brands like Bupa. The views and opinions expressed within this article belong to the writer and any reference or summary of Bupa Health Information Factsheets is that of the writers and does not represent Bupa or the information contained within the Bupa website. The contents of this article are of a general nature only and do not constitute specific advice.  This article does not take into account your circumstances or needs and must not be relied upon in place of appropriate professional advice.

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