Coming from a family where travelling is close to our hearts, it has always been in my mind to have a Gap Year. The question was always when should I do this, but as I started my final two years of schooling I found it easy to come to the conclusion that I wanted to travel as soon as I finished school.
For many people the decision is not so easy, the debate as to whether you will be undesirable to Universities and employers having had a year abroad seems daunting. However, every single person I spoke to about my plans to travel told me they wished they had done the same at my age, and even with the persuasive attempts from my school to keep me in education, I understood the experiences of the people I’d met and realised that this was the best time for me to leave for a year to Australia.
For first time solo travellers, Australia is an easy bet and relatively straight forward to organise. The visa application is easy and cheap flights can be found during off peak months, and the deciding factor for me is that they speak English, which is never normally a problem when travelling with others, but when you are on your own with no knowledge of the language at hand, your life can quickly become very difficult.
When thinking about taking a Gap Year, I suggest you talk it through with people who are not only preoccupied with your education, and think about what truly feels like the right thing to do, without worrying about Universities and jobs, because they will come later!