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1. Posted by alibom (Budding Member 24 posts) 11y


i'm in the middle of my final year in high school and need to make a fairly important decision in the near future. I need to decide whether i should jump straight into Uni and travel after i finish my degree, for example. OR, whether i should take half a year or a full year off university so i can go to europe and work and travel around the countries over there.

Does anyone have opinions on this, if you have faced a similar decision or anything

any feedback much appreciated


2. Posted by grink (Full Member 69 posts) 11y

its a tough one but it really depends on what you want to really do and how long for-if you want to experience the countries and work while there -it may be that you need a year not including the time to save up for the ticket/kit you need to buy and general spending money-in this case it may be best to go after uni befor you get tied down with work commitments which is what im doing myself, but if you just want a break of a few months touring europe then you could save all you need and jet off all to come back to uni in a years time.

i think half a year would be too short to save a decent amount and get to see enough conutries to make it satisfying

most importantly what are your reasons for travelling? if its to escape and avoid issues at hand then travelling early may not be a good idea as what you are avoiding will come back and bite you in the ass! most of all trust your instincts and follow your heart and see what you decide!

if you need any more advice dont hesitate!

best of luck with your decision!

3. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 11y

heya... i know how you feel... im unsure on what to do as well...

for me, i think i'm going to go ahead and travel... i mean, we're only young once and i think if you put off travelling too long, you may never get there. also, like grink said, if you wait too long, you'll have tons of commitments to attend to, and its 10x harder to find money to travel if you have a student loan to pay off.
also, most travellers nowadays are young... like in their early - mid 20s (not saying they ALL are), but you'd probably fit in better now.
but i hope you make the right descision for you and do what you want to do. either way, if you're passionate enough about travelling, then you'll get there one day. Living in the present is about facing reality and sorting your priorities out...
best of luck, and happy travels (whenever they may be!)

4. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 11y

Hi, I took a year our before uni and it was the best decision ever. Personally i was very fed up of school and couldnt imagine going straight into Uni. Travelling in yor gap year is a really good experience. You can work for a good 6 or 7 months as soon as school finishes and still have plenty of time to travel during the summer months. Of course, it does depend on how long you want to go away for. I am jsut finishing my final year of uni now, and every summer thus far i have gone away for a months travel during august. This year, because of graduation i am only going for 17 days, but looking forward to it nonetheless.

There is always time to travel, no matter when u do it. I have noticed though that there are far more pressures on you after uni than before. Not only do u need to think about what you are going to do, but u need to find somewhere to live and obviously get some money.

Basically, u need to think how long u would like to go away for, how much money you will need to raise to get there and enjoy it and whether u are really keen to get to uni, or, like me, need a break from you.

hope this has helped.