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Thinking of Taking a Travelling Gap Year? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Travelling is something truly amazing. It makes you feel happy no matter what. As soon as you have that holiday booked, and the countdown has begun, you can look forward to nothing else. But why only go on a short break? Why not take a travelling gap year that will change your life?

A lot of you reading this will probably say the answer is because you have a job, commitments etc. But there’s more to life to that. You most likely hate your job anyway, and you’ll always be able to find one when you come back. So before it is too late, follow this guide on how you can have a fabulous travelling gap year.

What You Need to Know About a Travelling Gap Year

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When to take the time to go

This plays a big part in how your travelling trip goes down. Not all countries that are nice and hot stay nice and hot all year round. A lot of them are going through, or just coming out of a rainy season. While it will still be good to visit and see the culture, most of your days will be ruined by the weather. Do some research and find out what countries are the best in terms of weather this time of year. It doesn’t even have to be scalding hot, so long as it isn’t throwing it down with rain!

You also want to try and pick a time of the year that is busy, but not too busy. You want to make sure there’s plenty of people to interact with and plenty of things to do. If you go totally off peak you might lose all of this. If you go slightly off peak it will still be busy but you’ll get cheaper flights!

Sorting out your money situation

Money is obviously going to be the biggest worry for everyone here. However, to actually do a gap year of traveling you won’t need too much, and there’s two ways of going about getting it. The first would be some form of loan. They’re easy to pay off, and on a gap year of traveling you will be flitting through jobs that you can use to help pay it off.

Unsecured personal loans are going to be perfect. You can select how much you’d like to borrow, and the amount of time you’d like to have to pay it off. Some of them allow years for it to be paid off which would suit you perfectly. Your other option is to save up really hard until you know you’ve got the money to go. If you’re itching to go on your travels then this won’t work for you. But it does mean you won’t have to stress about a loan.

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But most importantly—where to go

Where to go is completely up to you, but you want to try and keep it as diverse as possible. Go to countries with tons of culture, and go to ones where you can really kick back and relax. There really is so much to see, you might as well use your time making sure you’ve seen it all.

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Melina Morry is the author behind the blog The Lady-like Leopard. She has a journalism/fashion design degree and all that other boring stuff but most importantly she's a master of her own spots and is always hungry for more adventure. Melina works as a writer and fashion journalist all over the world. She's been spotted in New York, Paris, London, Sydney and Toronto—to name a few. She loves to be raw, fierce and a rare breed. Follow along with her on social media at @ladylikeleopard.

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