What To Do During Your Gap Year

If you know me at all, you know the one thing I want to do more than anything in the world, is travel. I’m about to graduate high school and I still have no idea what I wanna go to college for. So why do I need to go straight into college? I don’t. I’m choosing to take what’s called a “gap year”, which is basically what it says, you take a year between graduating high school and starting college. This will give me time to figure out what it is I want to do for the rest of my life and expose myself to other culture’s. It’s a win win situation in my opinion! Doing what I love to do while figuring out what I enjoy and want to do as a career.

I recently was doing a lot of research on volunteering abroad, and i found a program called IVHQ I’m currently planning on going to Bali with IVHQ in April to volunteer at a Turtle Conservation!! I’ve always had a love for animals- especially aquatic animals. And now this program is helping me make my dream come true! Basically with this program, you apply to whatever project you want to help with (in my case the turtle conservation), and choose where you want to travel to. Certain projects are limited to specific places though, so you have to work with them to figure out where you’re going and what you’re going to be doing while you’re there. And, you can choose the duration of your trip! While you’re at your destination, you can take time to yourself to go exploring, too, which I think is great. It’s benefitting the program and your own desires. You have to be 18 years old to go alone, but you can be a minor and still do it with a parent or guardian.

Another thing I’ll definitely be doing during my gap year, is photography. I’ve always been so into capturing moments and all the little details of nature, and I want my photography to actually go somewhere. Basically, during my gap year I’m going to pursue things I’ve always wanted to do and give them each a chance. Maybe if I’m lucky, I can make something out of it and turn it into a career. Then in that case I’ll know what to go into college for!

During your gap year, I personally think you should focus on yourself and what YOU want to do. Don’t let people pressure you into going straight to college for something you aren’t even sure you enjoy. Take some time and find out what it is you truly love to do, then do it. If you like to travel- do it. If you like helping other people- do it. Do whatever catches your interest, and follow your dreams for a whole year. If nothing comes out of it, at least you still got to experience those things.

Good luck guys! I’ll keep you updated on what I’ll be doing during my gap year. Let me know what ideas you might have!(:

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Travel Essentials

It’s that time of year again- SUMMER! Time to vacay and go on trips! There’s always a few specific things that I NEVER let myself forget when traveling, they’re must-haves when on vacation. Some may seem obvious, but trust me, I’ve left without them before and it’s not fun… So here are 10 things I always pack:

  1. ID – The worst thing that could possibly happen, is you get to your destination and you’re going out, but you forgot your ID!
  2. Headphones – If you’re traveling by plane, bring headphones or earbuds! Unless for some reason you like to hear everybody talking?
  3. Portable Charger – It really sucks when you’re in the middle of navigating and you’re phone dies. ALWAYS keep a fully charged portable charger with you!
  4. Camera – You absolutely have to take lots of pictures! Show everyone how awesome your vacation is! Then, when you get home you can print the pictures off and have the memories forever.
  5. Tylenol – It’s never fun having a horrible hangover when on vacation…
  6. Hand Sanitizer – Sometimes, public bathrooms are either gross to wash your hands in, or they don’t always have soap. Keep clean unless you want nasty bacteria all over your hands!
  7. Gum – Always keep some gum on you in case you see someone cute and don’t want them thinking you have bad breath, that’s always a turn off.
  8. Water Bottle – STAY HYDRATED!!! I cannot stress this enough! Drink lots of water so you don’t get headaches or pass out. Plus, water is good for you!
  9. Sunglasses – If you’re at the beach sunglasses are always expensive to buy. And you don’t want the sun in your eyes, that’s just plain annoying. So do yourself a favor and don’t forget your sunglasses!
  10. Pillow – Whether you’re camping or at a hotel, bring your own pillow from home. Sometimes hotel pillows can be really uncomfortable, especially if you’re picky when it comes to pillows.

 

I hope you guys enjoy your vacays!! Comment what your traveling essentials are!