Everything You Need To Do Before Travelling For Your Gap Year

Are you about to go travelling for your gap year?If so, we’re all incredibly jealous. There are some amazing places to visit all over the world, and you will get up to some fabulous things. And, of course, you will meet friends from all over the world who could be with your for life. But, there is a whole bunch of important things you need to do before you head off. Find out what they are in our short guide to preparing for your gap year abroad.


A plan

First of all, although it’s tempting to go wild and free into the big, dangerous world, it’s better to have a plan. Travelling can be expensive, and you can save a lot of money by working out the most cost-effective routes to take. Take your time, and work things out on a map, and then contact travel firms to find their best deals.

Raise money

As we mentioned, backpacking is expensive, even if you plan on sleeping in a tent around the world. You will need food and sustenance, not to mention lodgings. Now, it isn’t necessary to book every hotel and hostel before you go, of course. But it’s a good idea to have an entry point for every major area you are visiting. That way, you will have somewhere reliable and safe to stay in should anything go wrong.

Prepare for financial emergencies

No matter how much money you have access to, there will be times when you don’t have a bean to rub together. And, of course, the only way of getting your hands on some is by making a call to your parents or loved ones. It might not be a simple case of transferring funds to your account, and you might have to think about an international money transfer. There are lots of services out there, so you need to take some time to work out which is the best for you.


Look into safety

Make sure you know about any area that you intend to go to, including its safety and security issues. You’ll need to look at crime statistics and dodgy areas, as well as any diseases or illnesses that are common. Get your vaccinations, and don’t forget to bring a first aid kit.Maps and compasses can also help you find your way around should you get lost. Don’t forget about insect repellent, too, depending on the country you are visiting.


You will need a visa to get into most non-EU countries, so make sure you have yours ready before you leave. Again, it’s best to do this before starting your travels, but it is possible to do it while abroad, too. However, you’ll need to know where to go to get your visa – so get to know where all the national embassies are wherever you are going.


We cannot stress enough how important insurance is for travellers. Without it, you will face enormous medical bills if you get sick or suffer an injury. And, if you lose any of your money, traveler’s cheques, or essential possessions, you will be up the creek without a paddle.

Enjoy your trip away!


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