Planning my big adventure

It’s taken me loads of time and thought to actually finalise what I want to do and where I want to go once I’ve got enough cash. I sat down at the beginning of my gap year and wrote out what I wanted to achieve before going to uni:

1. To become a happier, more confident person πŸ™‚
2. To volunteer with disadvantaged communities – I genuinely wanted a chance to help those less fortunate than myself
3. To improve my languages, since I wouldn’t be studying them at uni anymore
4. To travel to a country or continent where the way of life is totally different from in Britain – no offence to anyone who likes living here, but I think our outlook on life is totally wrong sometimes and I feel like I belong somewhere else πŸ˜•

After a lot of researching, I’ve decided to go to South America during my gap year. πŸ˜€ Its countries completely fascinate me, from their gregarious people to their vibrant cultures to their breathtaking landscapes, and I think I’ll be able to accomplish my main aims for the year in this continent.

A very brief version of my itinerary is looking like this…

Mon 28 Apr – Fri 30 May: Studying Spanish in Buenos Aires and volunteering with LIFE Argentina, a charity which helps to alleviate poverty amongst the children of Buenos Aires πŸ™‚
Fri 30 May – Sun 20 Jul: Overlanding through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru with GAP Adventures πŸ˜€

For a much more detailed account of what I’ll be up to in South America, feel free to visit gapadventures.mytripjournal.com/jilzinsouthamerica if you’re interested! Of course, I’ll be posting loads of stuff on gapyear.com too.

My flights are booked, my arm has mutilated into a pincushion with all the jabs I’ve had, my brain is buzzing with information I’ve read about the countries I’m going to visit, and my determination is at an all-time high. Omg, I’m sooo excited!! πŸ˜€

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