We all want to travel and see new things, so why don’t we? Once we have finished university or got a full-time job, there never seems to be the time to travel, does there? That’s why, the best time to travel is just after finishing school before you have any commitments or bills to worry about.
If you have just finished your last year of school or college, then you might be considering going on a gap year. You might have lots of ideas about all the things that you want to see and do – that’s great, as that is what you need for inspiration.
However, as there are so many destinations to choose from, you are probably feeling a little overwhelmed. It might be hard choosing where you want to go, but once you have found the right destination, you will know it.
One of the most popular travel destinations for gap year travellers is Asia. There are so many amazing things to see and do here, that it’s the place that everyone wants to visit. If you are thinking of visiting Asia, you’ll have a fantastic time. However, before you go, it’s important that you are properly prepared.
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To help you prepare for your gap year to Asia, here are my top planning tips:
Start saving early
To have an amazing trip, you need to start saving early. The more money you can save up to fund your trip the better, as this means that you won’t need to worry about working while you travel.
If you already have savings, that’s a great start. If not, that doesn’t matter, you can easily start building up your gap year fund. Ensure that you put at least half of what you earn aside for your gap year so that you have enough to have an amazing time. Even if you just put aside three hundred pounds a month, within a year you would have over three thousand pounds saved.
As well as working to get the money that you need for your gap year to Asia, you could also consider fundraising. Perhaps you could undertake physical challenges, like doing a skydive and giving half of the money to charity and half to your gap year fund.
Think about who you want to travel with
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When it comes to travelling independently for the first time, it’s a good idea to go with friends or as part of a travel group. While travelling solo can be an amazing experience, as a first-time traveller, it’s best to buddy up or go with a group.
You can either get a travel group together yourself and travel to Asia with friends. Or, if you would like to meet new people, you could consider taking part in a gap year planned trip with a specialist travel company. To find out more about organised gap year travel, visit http://theleap.co.uk/, for all the information that you need.
Fly with a budget airline
When it comes to booking your ticket to Asia, the chances are that you won’t have the funds to splurge on a luxury plane ticket. However, there is no need to worry about this as Asia’s budget-friendly airlines are ideal for getting to anywhere in Asia.
There are various budget airlines to choose from when it comes to flying to Asia, but the best one has to be Air Asia. Not only are their flights affordable, but they are also surprisingly comfortable.
Don’t worry too much about getting around
Many travellers make the mistake of thinking that getting around in Asia is difficult, but actually, it’s not. Believe it or not, travelling in Asia is fairly easy. The only downside is that a lot of the transport in Asia lacks comfort, but it gets you from a to be fairly easily.
From taxis and buses to bikes and boats, there are various modes of transport to choose from when visiting Asia. So you shouldn’t ever be stuck when it comes to getting around, so try not to stress.
The whole point of taking a gap year is to get out there, have fun and see the world. So make sure that you plan an amazing trip and have the time of your life exploring all of the wonderful things that Asia has to offer.