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What Type Of Gapper Are You?

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘gap trip’ before, I mean, here at STA Travel we don’t stop banging on about them, and for good reason; it’s our area of expertise, we love them and we believe that taking a gap trip can, without a doubt, change your life.

But what exactly is a gap trip? Without trying to sound patronising, it’s exactly what it sounds like; a ‘gap’ in your regular life, some space, a break from the norm, some time away.

There are so many variations of a gap trip it’s impossible to define them all individually. They come in a huge array of shapes and sizes and each person’s trip expectations are different. Some want to do nothing except chill and reflect, some want to party like it’s 1999 (again), some want to make a difference, some want to learn, some want to integrate, the list is endless.

Now, we’re not trying to box you in, but ‘gappers’ usually find them selves fitting into one of a few different categories. No 2 people’s gap trip is ever the same, even if you travel with a friend chances are you will both come away with different perspectives once you reflect on what you experienced and that’s something that should be celebrated – and embraced. Trips like this can make you realise things you never knew before, they can introduce you to different ways of thinking that will change your life forever; or you may come back exactly as you were before just a bit more tanned, a little grubbier but with memories of an effing good time.

So what type of ‘gapper’ are you? We’ve come up with a few options below, but can you think of anymore? Any that you think define you better? Let us know in the comments box below.

A gap trip can be exactly what you want it to be

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Get a life!

Ever wanted to make a change? A BIG change. A shake-up so big it will change your life. Yep, me too.

For me, that wishful thinking involved daydreams of boarding a plane with a one-way ticket to Australia/New Zealand/Thailand /Vietnam (the destination changed pretty much on a daily basis).

So in the end, I made a decision. And I decided, there’s no time like the present. So I saved like I’d never saved before, I negotiated 3 months off work, and one cold January morning I boarded a plane to Bangkok, ready to start my Asian adventure.

And you know what? It was everything I hoped it would be. My home became a hut on a beach in Koh Samui; a $2 a night hostel in Phnomh Penh; a friend’s apartment in Beijing. I learned to dive in Koh Tao, ride motorbikes in Cambodia and cook Vietnamese food in Hoi An. I made countless new friends, from all walks of life, who were all travelling or living abroad for different reasons, but the general idea was the same: they wanted to do something different. They wanted to make a change.

Sound familiar? Now ask yourself, what’s stopping you making that change? Too expensive? Scared of going it alone? Worried about your career? It’s ‘not the right time’? Just stop right there. There’ll always be a multitude of reasons to stay where you are, going along with the status quo. But sometimes, you just gotta jump into the unknown. And I guarantee, you won’t regret it.

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Take the plunge | Image by Justin Ornellas

Whatever you want to change, be it where you live, what you do for a living, who you hang out with, or what you do in your spare time, I bet you that going out there and finally living your travel dream will help you make that change.

In fact, I’ll do better than bet you – I’ll show you. Read on, and see how going travelling can change pretty much every aspect of your life, if you want it to. Now, what are you waiting for? Go on, get a life!

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Ask the Experts: How can I volunteer while I travel?

It’s Friday! Here at the STA Travel Blog, we’re quite excited by this. Why? Because it’s time to Ask the Experts to share their wisdom and answer one of your travel questions.

This week’s question is on a topic that we get lots of enquiries about: volunteering abroad. Not only is volunteering a great way to give something back, it’s also a chance to enjoy a really unique experience on your travels.

Remember, if something travel-related has got you all in a fluster, email us with your question for our Experts.

Now, without further ado, let’s hear this week’s question, courtesy of Andrew in Edinburgh:

I’m looking for somewhere to travel, but also to give back by doing some volunteering. Where do you recommend? Andrew in Edinburgh

Can our Experts inspire Andrew to take the volunteering path? Can they find him that perfect balance between giving something back and travelling? There’s only one way to find out – over to you, Experts!

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High Five… Europe

Ah Europe, the birthplace of Western Culture, home of the coolest fashions, extraordinary architecture, breathtaking scenery, calorie-filled fantastic food and some of the world’s most romantic cities… is there anything Europe can’t offer?

This continent will inject you with a hit of culture that goes straight to the veins, and leave you wanting more and more and more and… yeah you get it.

I’ve been given the almost impossible task of choosing 5 must see, must do, must experience activities in Europe. Jeez, where do I begin…
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