Friday, 6 June 2014

The Golden Gap Year

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The famous gap year is a time which many youngsters embrace with open arms – but what if you’re a little more mature in years?

Thankfully, exotic travel and retirement go hand-in-hand, ensuring that the golden gap year is open to everyone. Around 10,000 people turn 65 every day and many of these individuals wish to make the most of their new-found travel opportunities – leaving their McCarthy and Stone retirement homes temporarily in the pursuit of pastures new.

For those looking at taking a gap year, no matter what stage of life they’re in, here are a few tips to follow to make it worthwhile.

Create an itinerary

To ensure your travel plans run as smoothly as possible, it’s always wise to create an itinerary. This schedule may include a list of landmarks you want to visit or even a bucket-list of experiences you’ve always wanted to enjoy.

If lists aren’t really your cup of tea then how about creating an events calendar for your travels? You can keep a rough checklist of activities you want to tick off and add them to your calendar as they’re completed to create a visual diary of your time away.

International house sitting

For those who enjoy travelling to faraway destinations but feel they must stick to a budget when it comes to accommodation, housesitting may be the perfect idea. Instead of having to pay for lodgings, you can live like a local in an attractive villa by housesitting. It’s a great way to keep travel costs low and achieve a more authentic holiday experience.

Learning holidays

Aside from embarking on several adventures, why not use your gap year to learn some new skills? From Australian wine appreciation tours to cooking classes in Italy, there are a number of combined learning and travel opportunities to choose from.

If you’re a woman travelling alone, you may even like to consider a women’s-only writing workshop on the Amalfi Coast, for example.


From travelling to various countries to help protect endangered animals to aiding those in deprived areas, ‘voluntourism’ is a great option for travellers that wish to make a difference and give something back. After all, travel isn’t a purely selfish pursuit.

Go glamorous

If you’re not quite ready to spread your wings and travel to overseas locations or would prefer to explore your own country in more detail before setting foot elsewhere, then there are plenty of home-grown holidays for you to enjoy. One tourism trend which has been noted amongst young and old is ‘glamping’ (short for glamorous camping) and is a great way to get out in the great outdoors and connect with home soil, so why not give it a go? You could even take the family and really capitalise on your holiday time.

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