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Should I take another Gap Year, am I MAD?

[ 3 ] January 5, 2010 |

I’m taking another Gap Year so I must be either really crazy or incredibly smart!!!

It’s no secret that I’m an advocate of the Gap Year you only have to look at this website to see that!!!  Now at the incredibly wisdom full age of 21 this will be the 4th year since I finished school.  I took two Gap Years when I finished school and it took me that long just to get over the insanity and stress of study that had nearly sent me to the loony bin.  It took me that long to completely change my mind about where I wanted to go in my life and to realise that I didn’t need to plan out every step.  It took travelling for me to realise that travel is what I needed to do with my life and insanely that is what caused me to spend this past year studying (tourism).

I realised just the other day that I have spent so many years as ‘Gap Years’ (although not spent entirely travelling) that if I were to ever actually settle down and stop setting off on adventures then I would technically have to call that my ‘Gap Year!!!’  Now despite my love of ‘Gap Years’ and although I’m insanely obsessed with travel, deciding to take 2010 as another Gap Year was not exactly a straightforward decision, I had many more conflicting opportunities competing for supremacy.

So what would I do in 2010 I had three options; Continue Studying and get a higher qualification, get a job in a travel agency or work overseas.  I really enjoyed my year studying learning about the ins and outs of the tourism industry, it has made me so much better informed for my own travels and indeed for this website.  However the idea of continuing to be a poor student and only get to travel for one month of the year was not going to stop that really annoying itch on my feet.  Option two, get a job in a travel agency, great in theory, discount travel products getting to talk about travel and most of all sending people away on their dream trips but this still didn’t sit right.  So option three and the one most people had a problem with, work overseas.

Ever since I had gotten back from my mid year month long trip to South East Asia I knew that I couldn’t continue studying in 2010, my heart was no longer in it.  When the opportunity arose to Teach English in China I immediately jumped on it!!!  I had always wanted to do the whole ESL teacher thing and within a week I had booked and paid for it!!!

Now of course everyone had an opinion!!!  There was a mentality from many people that I was throwing away everything I had worked for in my studies or that I was mental for even wanting to go to a place such as China where ignorantly people only associated with communism and the bad press it gets in the west.

Never to be hugely swayed by opinions I stuck to my ethos Do It While Your Young!!!  (I just don’t tell them the next line of my ethos which says keep doing it until your to old too be allowed to fly!!!)

I’m in the home stretch now leading up to my next great adventure due to begin at the end of February for 6 months but maybe more.  I’m happy with my decision to take ‘Another Gap Year’ who ever regrets travelling!!! and who knows it may turn from a ‘Gap Year’ to simply my way of life.

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About onurwaytravel: Colin has been travelling the world with his young family for the past 2 and half years. He runs a couple of websites all revolve around travel, family travel and digital nomadism. His websites include http://ourtravellifestyle.com, http://vagabondfamily.org, http://nunomad.com and now http://on-our-way-travel.com. View author profile.

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  1. Adam says:

    That’s awesome. I can’t believe that this is going to be your third time to do a big trip abroad. I’d love to get a full-time professional job internationally, but so far my attempts have been futile. Maybe after/during my RTW trip.

    Excited to hear more about your newest adventure!

  2. Sasha says:

    Thanks for the comment!!! I wish i could say they had been big trips but really most of the time in those two years was working to save up LOL It was more lets see how much i can pack into a couple of months, totally not enough time to absorb!!! So this will be by far my longest trip and although i have an initial end date of 6 months based on my Visa I’m hoping i may be able to hop on down to Thailand and continue travelling!!! So we are totally in the same big trip boat!!! :)

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