When you decide it is right for you to take a gap year before starting higher education and then eventually transitioning your way into the working world there is so much to think about and so much to plan. What kind of budget you will have, what to take with you, will you go alone or with friends and one of the most important things is where will you go? The world is your oyster and there are so many incredible places, tourist attractions, and hidden gems that people don’t know about. Most of us are looking forward to hopefully being able to travel soon with everything that has gone on. But do not worry, here are some of the ultimate destinations that you can add to your travel list of places to visit.
Thailand is one of those must-visit places that a lot of people go to and for good reason. It is a breathtaking travel destination for many reasons and has some amazing things you can do while there. The Elephant Hills Tented Camp is located in the forests of Khao Sok. It is a camp-like environment. You will be able to take part in jungle treks, nightly cooking classes and of course be able to feed, bathe, and learn all about the elephants while staying there.
Costa Rica is like a paradise and just too good to miss out on visiting. You can go on incredible hiking travels where you can explore the jungles and landscapes Costa Rica has to offer. Always be sure to get a top guide as it is extremely easy to get lost. There are also some programs in which you are able to work with baby turtles including accommodation, food, and free time to explore the beautiful beaches and sights.
Sri Lanka is offering once in a lifetime opportunities where you can volunteer, it is so important to give back so during your gap year why not do something for others and help out others that need it. While visiting you can volunteer with vulnerable children, Elephants, programs to help the street dogs, turtle conservation where you will be able to rehabilitate at-risk turtles. All of these amazing opportunities would make your gap year be so much more amazing so why not volunteer work in Sri Lanka.
Moving from Asia to Africa you can also look at Morocco to try some volunteer experiences. These are based on teaching English and childcare. Spending your time working and helping vulnerable children is so rewarding. You can also look to try teaching English to the disadvantaged children in Rabat. Morocco also is one of the most beautiful and photographic places to visit. You have the ever-popular Marrakech which is full of vibrant colours and historic places to explore.
Laos is a great destination to learn with and visit the Monks. There are programs and volunteer opportunities where you can learn about Buddhism and explore temples. Help them to improve their English. The monasteries look after many and provide food, accommodation, and education. The boys normally will come from places that lack education so going to a monastery gives them opportunities to better themselves and gain skills and experience for their futures.
Australia is just one of those places full of happy people and incredible places to go and see. They have amazing animals to see like Kangaroo and Koalas. There are some top destination places to think about as well when you visit. Just like the Pinnacles desert which is situated North of Perth. It is close to gorgeous beaches, wildflowers, and excellent fishing. You can even stay in a nearby fishing village. The village of Cervantes. One of the most popular activities you can do is visit Queensland to see the baby turtles hatch and make their mammoth journey to the sea. Between November and March, guided tours are available, it is an incredible sight and certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Gap years are something to cherish for the rest of your life so make yours packed full of exciting and fulfilling experiences, give back and volunteer to help others and animals in need. It will not only look great on your resume to help stand out but will give you life-long stories, amazing photos and probably give you the travel bug. So when you in higher education and working a job you will want to travel in your time off and continue exploring the world.