Gap Year Options and Choices image - istockphoto.com Copyright: Jan Mika

Gap Year Options and Choices image - istockphoto.com Copyright: Jan Mika

Popular Choices:
1. The Backpacker: Travelling or Globetrotting
2. Working and travelling = Paying for your experience
3. Volunteering #DoSomethingRewarding
4. A career change to gain international work experience
5. Exchange programs
6. Studying Abroad
7. Do nothing and sit on the couch at home (deceptively popular)

Gap Year Books, Movies, Blogs etc Image courtesy of bilbyandbear

Gap Year Books, Movies, Blogs etc Image courtesy of bilbyandbear
 
Our choices of some of the best Gap Year resources that are out there...   

Books and Guides:
The Gap-Year Guide Book by John Catt Educational Limited  - An annual resource guide for the Gap Year adventurer on the move!
 
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts – An adventure into India like no other. A mix of underworld themes and life-changing moments, this is an epic read!  
 
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer – The well-documented story of American hiker Christopher McCandless. The ending is heavy, but the adventure is poignant and one worth reading.

The Gap Year Decision* Image source: istockphoto.com Copyright: estt

The Gap Year Decision Image source: istockphoto.com Copyright: estt
 
This all comes down to the individual. What is it you want to achieve by taking this time away?
Start by making a list of things you want to achieve and then start researching how you can achieve it.

Gap Year Monster Image source: istockphoto.com Copyright: bertos

Gap Year Monster Image source: istockphoto.com Copyright: bertos

3 monster Gap Year options that could rock your world

Benefits of Corporate or Internship Exchanges
Working in a foreign country allows you to seek international experience in the workplace, and at the same time gain an income to support your adventures. In some cases individuals may not receive an income, but may have their basics and accommodation covered. The bottom line is that you get to explore a new country and its surroundings with an adequate financial cushion, whilst developing your career with international experience! Check out AIESEC the global student internship program!

Ötzi the Iceman: Reconstruction by Kennis © South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, Foto Ochsenreiter

Ötzi the Iceman: Reconstruction by Kennis © South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, Foto Ochsenreiter  
 
The solar system is an awesome place. Planets, stars, asteroids, you name it, it’s got.  
 
Closer to home, here on planet Earth, human beings are adapting to an ever changing environment;, be it natural, technological or even commercial, the planet we live on is a dynamic, ever changing, fluid like place! Sounds complicated, I mean, filtering down, through the solar system, to the very point at which an individual is standing on, should be a calculable procedure, but sometimes, it's just pure luck! In 1991, such a bit of incredible luck occurred with the discovery of a mummified Iceman in the Ötztal Alps, of South Tyrol, Italy.
 
I travelled to Italy in search of this world famous Iceman, aptly named Ötzi, after the place of his discovery. The mummified Ötzi is known to be one of Europe’s oldest examples of an ancient human being, and he is now, quite oddly, a celebrity amongst his human predecessors.