My travelling days are perhaps as close as one can get to taking a gap year without it being referred to as a gap year in the traditional sense, but I can totally understand why about 37% of young Brits would love to take one, even though they can’t really afford it. That’s a statistic I spotted in a feature on, and judging by my own interactions with travellers and budding travellers alike, that sounds about right, along with the indicative cost of taking a gap year.

What You’d Be Getting Up To

The whole point of taking a gap year is to perhaps take a little pause in what has become a traditional cycle of life dictated to by society, in that you go from one institution straight to the other – from school to college, then on to uni and into the corporate world. While many of us dream of living out all our days travelling the world, free from the confines of a cubicle and the boss that goes with it, the reality is such that we often have to make do with that one gap year available to us, if we can manage to squeeze it in of course.

As I’d go on to find out, the travel-bug’s bite has no cure and depending on when you take your gap year (if at all), that experience can go on to shape the way the rest of your life plays out in a huge way. If you take the gap year before diving into the demanding world of pursuing your university studies, having had the privilege to experience travelling the world during a gap year can serve as a serious motivational factor which will propel you right through your time spent pursuing your qualification. This is mostly as a result of yearning to reconcile with the prospect of travelling further once you’re finished with your studies. Perhaps another gap year before you’re thrown into the corporate world will be in order.

A pre-uni gap year can have a different effect as well, breeding a sort of impatience in you and compelling you to perhaps re-think the entire mapped-out terrace of jumping from school to college, then to uni and into the corporate world. Either way, reality has to set in at some point, but you’ll learn a whole lot about a whole lot of things while out enjoying a gap year.

One of these valuable lessons takes the form of learning the true value of money and that you can make use of so many different tools to create the value you need in life. Even with the range of traveller’s discounts you can take advantage of on a platform such as My Voucher Codes for instance, between all the cancelled bookings, delayed flights, micro-emergencies and the likes, I’d say you definitely need around £3,000 to £4,000 to be able to say you’ve truly experienced a proper gap year.