HAVING a gap year used to be something only the very rich could afford. But these days it is more and more common for people to take a break between school and university. Here the experts from gapyear.com suggest a checklist for people setting off on a grand adventure.
Have an idea of the places you’d like to visit, but don’t feel you need an itemised itinerary. The beauty of travelling is that you should be as flexible as you can.
Book your first night’s accommodation
To avoid feeling vulnerable and disorientated when you first arrive in a foreign country, book a place to stay in advance.
Work out your budget before you go
Consider getting a discount card for hostels. Paying for a YHA or VIP card is usually worth the upfront cost.
Don’t carry too much cash
Carry a pre-paid travel card like the Moneycorp multi-currency Explorer card, which allows you to load up to £10,000 in 14 different currencies. .
Power of attorney
Give someone who is close and trusted, such as a parent, the ability to access your bank account.
Work within the law
If you are planning to earn a bit of extra cash while travelling, make sure you have the correct work permit and visas.
Take out protection
Buy comprehensive travel insurance before you set off, such as Protectyourbubble.com annual multi-trip from £20.77.
Keep your health top of the agenda
Before you leave, visit a GP and ask for advice on any vaccinations that you may need.
Always make sure you have a return ticket, or enough money to buy one.
There is a lot to think about before you go on a trip, but above all, the experience should be a fun one. Not many people have the opportunity to go out and see the world and the experience should be treasured. Enjoy!
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