Say the words ‘gap year’ to most people, and images of temple trousers, dreadlocks, and young college students travelling before heading to university will inevitably spring to mind.
But here at Not In The Guidebooks, we believe anyone can take a gap year, at any time in their lives. An adult gap year can, in fact, be one of the best times to take a pause, reassess and explore the world.
We often forget how much of our lives are spent at work, going through the same routines year after year. In fact, over a tenth of the average life in the UK is spent at work, not to mention the whole routine that surrounds your commute and your time actually spent in the office.
It’s important to try and break out of those routines, and travel is by far the best way to do this. Whatever stage you’re at in life, an adult gap year can provide you with new, rich experiences, a fresh outlook on the world and some serious energy to take on the world again. But why are adult gap years so effective? Let’s take a look at some of the greatest benefits of travelling later in life.
1. More to Spend
Before we go any further, let’s be clear that we are absolutely not saying that travelling on a shoe-string doesn’t come with its own benefits. However, a little extra cash does often mean you can branch out a little and discover a wider range of food, experiences, places…
If you’re on a really strict budget, you might find yourself sticking to old faithful meals, or having to pick and choose what you do, or perhaps sacrifice one experience to make way for another.
A little disposable income means you don’t have to compromise no anything you do. You can seek out the most local, authentic, things to do, the best and the widest variety of the local cuisine, and not have to be constantly worrying about whether the next hostel will mean you can really make the most of the place you are travelling in.
2. An Adult Gap Year Can Prevent Burnout
A concept that has become all the more prevalent as society educates itself on the nature of mental health, burnout is an extremely common issue relating to frustration and exhaustion at work, due to the relentless nature of the nine to five, 5 days per week routine.
One of the best ways of dealing with burnout and rediscovering your energy is simply stopping that routine that is getting on top of you. Getting away and exploring the world is an instant and wholesome break from that routine, and for many is a huge weight off their shoulders once away.
An adult gap year can be a way to reset, reassess and replenish your energy, and return home with fresh eyes, ready to take on the world of work again.