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what’s the best age for a gap year?

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AnthonyJameson
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do as many people still go on a gap year before uni? Is travelling after uni what everyone does now?
i’ve heard lots of old people are ‘gappers’ now?
what do peopl ethink/ what’s the best age to get the most out of a gap year?


Fingfang
Participant

The best age is when you feel ready for it. That could be 18, 25, 30, 40 or when you’re retired. And… you’re only as old as you feel.. I know for a fact that there are 60/70 year old’s that are fitter and more adventurous than I am.


Arabice
Participant

I think any age to travel the world is absolutely fine, it seems to be associated with people that travel before Uni but I know of loads of people who have done it before and or after Uni.
I am 28 and going on my first RTW, I think the only thing I’d say is I wish I had gone sooner!
The only issues you’d get with age I guess is if you wanted WHV in some countries which have age restrictions.


Lostthemarbles
Participant

I’m also 28 and I’ll also be starting my first trip a few weeks from now.
For my personal situation, this seems like the ideal time to go travelling.
Until recently my focus has been my career, I spent a few years in University and I’ve spent the last 4 years working in a profressional job but as my little brother keeps pointing out, professionalism and responsibility has made me quite a boring person to be with when I’m sober.
I’m hoping that being a little bit older will mean I’ll appreciate the trip a bit more and I’ll see a few more sights, I’ve learnt to slow down a bit and enjoy the sights and to go with the flow. Working in a proper job for the last few years has helped me save up a decent budget and will hopefully make it easier to find a job next time I need one, this may not be the best career move that I’ll ever make but atleast I’m already established in the industry.
If I did a RTW trip at 18 it would just become the worlds biggest pub crawl.


Daisyd
Participant

I am 28 and about to start my second trip. I was 26 last time. Don’t think it matters on your age just matters when it is right for you to travel.


ambermarie
Moderator

I was 19 when I first went away, on a pre-uni gap year … I had a brilliant time and I’m really glad that I went, but in hindsight I think I was pretty naive in some situations and also lacked confidence in other situations … so I feel that if I did the same trip now (aged 24) I’d get different things out of it.
That said, I still think taking a gap year before university is a great idea – if I’d not done it, I probably wouldn’t have ended up living and working in Japan, or travelling to all the other places I’ve subsequently visited.
When I was first planning my gap year and researching it using this site and other sources, I was convinced that everyone I’d meet would be 18 or 19 … however, the reality is totally different! People of ALL ages go travelling; I actually felt really young sometimes as I ended up hanging out with people in their mid 20s or 30s.
It’s impossible to generalise the kind of people who’ll go travelling. I guess lots of people think it’ll mostly be uni students as they are at a point in their lives where they have little responsibility and are able to just take a big chunk of time off to go away – but so many people at various stages of their lives take gap years. There’s no ‘best age’; it just totally depends on your own situation, and what you want to get out of it.


Suziflooze
Participant

I quit my job, and sold my house to go travelling aged 37 and it was the best thing I have ever done!!
Age soon becomes immaterial when you are on the road, and we met tonnes of people doing the exact same thing both younger and older then us.
We showed some of the twenty somethings’ how to have a good time, and they taught us a thing or two, and we met 40 and 50 somethings’ that put us to shame!
We stayed in a shack on a beach on an island in Malaysia with no electricity or roads, drank buckets and played football on the beach as sun came up after the Full-moon party on Koh Pha Ngan, camper-vanned the East coast of Oz, and the whole of New Zealand, Scuba dived the Great Barrier Reef, sailed the Whitsundays chased by a cyclone, saved turtles on Bribie Island, hung out with the Oz Rugby team on Currumbin beach, bungy jumped and canyon swinged in New Zealand, completed an RYA Skippers course in the Bay of Islands then chartered a sailing boat to sail solo round the islands, kite-surfed in Vietnam, crossed the Andes, kayak’d the coast of Ihla Grande and Samba’d in South America … and that’s not even the half of it!
And when we got back we weren’t quite ready to settle down so we did a 4 month tour of Europe in a VDub camper!!
We only came back when the money ran out…
We didn’t want to be one of the old guys at the bar in our old village who said “I wish I’d done that…” when we told them our plans.
There’ll always be an excuse not to go … but age is not one of them!!


Randy-Marsh
Participant

[quote-0 author="ambermarie" date="1332212408"]I was 19 when I first went away, on a pre-uni gap year ... I had a brilliant time and I'm really glad that I went, but in hindsight I think I was pretty naive in some situations and also lacked confidence in other situations ... so I feel that if I did the same trip now (aged 24) I'd get different things out of it.
That said, I still think taking a gap year before university is a great idea - if I'd not done it, I probably wouldn't have ended up living and working in Japan, or travelling to all the other places I've subsequently visited.
When I was first planning my gap year and researching it using this site and other sources, I was convinced that everyone I'd meet would be 18 or 19 ... .[/quote-0]
yeahhhh


Rhodri27
Participant

[quote-0 author="Suziflooze" date="1332238822"]I quit my job, and sold my house to go travelling aged 37 and it was the best thing I have ever done!!
Age soon becomes immaterial when you are on the road, and we met tonnes of people doing the exact same thing both younger and older then us.
We showed some of the twenty somethings' how to have a good time, and they taught us a thing or two, and we met 40 and 50 somethings' that put us to shame!
We stayed in a shack on a beach on an island in Malaysia with no electricity or roads, drank buckets and played football on the beach as sun came up after the Full-moon party on Koh Pha Ngan, camper-vanned the East coast of Oz, and the whole of New Zealand, Scuba dived the Great Barrier Reef, sailed the Whitsundays chased by a cyclone, saved turtles on Bribie Island, hung out with the Oz Rugby team on Currumbin beach, bungy jumped and canyon swinged in New Zealand, completed an RYA Skippers course in the Bay of Islands then chartered a sailing boat to sail solo round the islands, kite-surfed in Vietnam, crossed the Andes, kayak'd the coast of Ihla Grande and Samba'd in South America ... and that's not even the half of it!
And when we got back we weren't quite ready to settle down so we did a 4 month tour of Europe in a VDub camper!!
We only came back when the money ran out...
We didn't want to be one of the old guys at the bar in our old village who said "I wish I'd done that..." when we told them our plans.
There'll always be an excuse not to go ... but age is not one of them!! [/quote-0]
sounds epic, most people are telling me its a waste but its your life live it i dont want to be regretting it in years time saying i was going to do that and go here there and everywhere, plus if i dont go my family will batter me to death as they know i will regret it if i dont go

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