Mia and Maddi are my 2 best friends. I’ve known them since nursery and we’ve gone through all of school together. When I left sixth form to get my apprenticeship they both stayed in a school and finished their A-levels. When results day rolled round it was announced that they would both be leaving for University in September.
Of course, I’m happy for them, there about to grow as people and start an exciting life in another city. On the other hand, it’s something I quite bothered about. I feel like I’m stuck in Newcastle without my support system and it’s made me genuinely consider if I made the right decision. I’ve concluded that what I choose to do was the right path for me but if I had gone to Uni I deffo would have took a Gap year to travel.
The big question if you have just finished studying studying at school or college, do you head on a gap year before starting at University? Even after your degree if that is what you choose to do, there can still be time for a year out before getting into working full-time. But the question is, can you afford to go on a gap year?
The long and short of it is, that if you want to do something, you can look for ways to make it work. So if it does appeal to you, then why not give it a go? Here are some ways that you could look at, to help you fund a gap year.
Make a Plan
First of all, making a plan is one of the best things to do. Where do you want to go and how long for? This will give you an indication as to what the cost will be. Will you work for six months and then go away for six months? If so, you need to know what kind of budget you’re looking at. Then you will know how much money you will need to save each week or month. Sticking to a budget is a good habit to get into anyway, but even better if it helps you stick to your savings goals
Do Some Fundraising
If you’re planning to be away for longer or don’t have as much time to save up money, the arranging a way to raise some money can be a really good idea. You could sell your old things, from clothes to CDs. You could have a bake sale or arrange a car wash. Helping out in the local community, but charging people a small fee, like dog walking or dropping leaflets can be a good and fairly quick way to make some extra cash.
Speak To Family
As someone that has just been a student and likely to still be living at home, there isn’t much chance of your being able to look at secure loans to fund our travel. However, a parent or guardian might be able to look into that for you, with a promise to make the installments back to them when you’re earning. You could also speak to them to see if they can lend you money directly, rather than borrowing from an outside source.
If you have a way to fund your travel in the first instance, then it could be a good idea to look into ways that you can work when you’re abroad. Can you help at something like Camp America, work as a nanny, or do some freelance writing online? All of these things help you to see different countries and explore while giving you some money to travel elsewhere afterward. So checking out some different programmes abroad or charity work could be a good route to go down.
Have you ever used any of these ways to fund your year out abroad? Would be interested to hear what you did and what you got up to.