Travel can be one of the most enjoyable and gratifying experiences of a lifetime. These days more and more people are taking some part of their young lives and venturing beyond their home country or even their home continent to travel. There are so many places to see and go, and so little time to do it. Here is a short list of some of the best.
What is a Gap Year?
Some may not be familiar with the term “gap year”. A gap year is a year, or just some period of time, taken after graduation from high school and before going to college. It can also be some time later in life amid a career change or return to school. A number of factors make a gap year the best time of life to travel. At no other point in life will you be as young, healthy, and unencumbered by such things as a family, mortgage, school, career, or debt. It is truly a time of life to take advantage of all that is available to you.
Brazil is a larger and much more diverse country than many realize. It’s larger than the U.S. outside Alaska, and includes a little bit of everything in terms of scenery. From towering mountain peaks, to endless coastline, to thick jungle. Perhaps what Brazil is best known for however is the Amazon River, the largest river system in the world, which angles through the country on its way from the mountains to the coast. If you love experiencing diverse ecosystems, Brazil is an excellent destination.
For the first time traveler who wants all the creature comforts of home and a large slice of adventure, Australia is a great choice for gap year travel. Australia is a modern “western” nation with large cities with all the amenities of home available for the traveler. At the same time, “down under” as it is known offers vast expanses of untamed wilderness for the traveler to explore. One could easily spend an entire gap year trying to see all that there is to see in Australia.
No list of great travel destinations would be complete without this island nation. New Zealand has long been known as one of the best adventure destinations the world over. In addition to having great adventure opportunities, the people of New Zealand are known for being some of the friendliest to foreign travelers. Additionally the cost of staying in New Zealand is relatively inexpensive, as the food is cheap (and fresh) and there are a great number of well-run inexpensive hostels in many cities and towns around the country.