Blending Fun and Challenge On Your Gap Year

There’s nothing better than finally being finished with formal education and being able to set off into the big, wide world, where you just know that adventure after adventure is waiting for you. But what makes the best type of gap year? It’s one that mixes adventure and fun, and which is also challenging at the same time. Below, we outline a few of the options available to you. Take a read through, see which one feels right to you, and then get to work on making it a reality!

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To the Mountains

If you’re from the UK or an area that is, well, a bit vertically challenging (meaning there are no mountains to speak of), then a gap year is a good opportunity to get to the type of terrain you’ve always wanted to spend time in. You could work a season at a winter resort, or, if you just want all the fun and challenge of the mountains, take a look at ski instructor courses; you’ll not only improve your skiing but might learn enough to make skiing your full-time job. And isn’t that the dream?!

Into the Sea

If you’re more a beach bum, then take a look at some of the world’s best beaches and spend your gap year beach hopping between glorious beaches. If you need a goal rather than just day after day soaking up the sun (not that there’s anything wrong with that), then sign up for a diving course. Southeast Asia is the best place to do this. You’ll be diving in some of the most beautiful, pristine waters found anywhere – and when you’re not diving, you’ll be able to explore a whole host of great attractions and destinations.

Immersing Yourself in a Different Culture

When people think of a gap year, they often think of moving from one place to the other, but it doesn’t have to be this way. If there’s one particular culture or country you’re drawn to, then you can spend your gap year there, and only there. This is a great way to get under the skin of a destination, and you’ll pick up the language as you go, too. There’ll always be opportunities to travel to new destinations, but you won’t always be able to spend an extended period in just one place.

Whichever Way the Wind Blows

You don’t have to set off on your gap year with an idea of what it’ll entail in mind. If you want, you can throw yourself into life itself, and simply go whichever way feels right. This is naturally less organised, and there’s a chance that you might miss a few important things as you go, but if you get it right – it’s all about attitude – then it’ll be the best of your life.

Giving Back

Wherever you go and whatever you do, it’s important that you’re not just taking from the places you travel to. It’s a two-way street, so make sure you’re giving back as you go!

Nicola Hilditch-Short

Nic is one half of the Roaming Renegades, a passionate traveller, climber, adventurer, photographer and artist who has a B.A in Fine Art and M.A in Design & Art Direction.