We all have those days where absolutely nothing goes right and we just want to flip our desks and storm out of the office. But those days are fleeting and temporary, we may sit there and Google holidays to far off places or how to take an adult gap year and become a digital nomad, but is it actually the right step to take?
When we’re having a bad day, it always feels like anywhere else is better than where you are. Now, I’m not saying that travelling is bad for some, I think any amount of travelling does the mind and body a world of good! But if you’re thinking about making such a drastic change like quitting your job and taking an adult gap year, it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into!
Do you have a specific career goal in mind?
Have you ever dreamed of being at the top of the career ladder? Surrounded by fancy looking trinkets in a big office or running your own awesome business with loads of employees and business meetings around the world?
Well, then maybe an adult gap year is the right path for you!
Many of us will be working just to pay the bills (or our travel expenses) and have no real career ambition and that’s fine! But what is even better is to have a passion in life that you want to immerse yourself in or a few things you’d like to make money from.
We all have to work at some point, even the most skilled of us can’t skim through life without making a dime, so finding something we love and can make money from is the absolute dream. Travelling can help us figure out what this is. Getting away from our regular life can give us a fresh new perspective on things and you might even meet someone along the way, that has a job that you’d love to do!
Are you looking for a more adventurous work/life balance?
Some people are perfectly happy in their routine, but if you’re are feeling increasingly restless in the monotonous schedule of work, sleep, repeat, then it may be time to inject a bit of adventure into your life.
More and more of us are looking for that perfect work/life balance and travelling can offer that if that’s something you really want to do! Whether you do become a digital nomad and work wherever you end up, or you spend equal parts working on a business and travelling around the world, there are now more ways than ever to have the best of both worlds.
Here are just a few examples of jobs that allow you to work remotely:
- Web developer
- Life coach
- Social media manager
- Travelling artist
- Graphic designer
- Online teacher
- Au pair
The list goes on…
Are you in a lot of debt?
This is something to really think about before making any drastic decisions about your work life. Do you have a lot of debt that could come back and bite you in the arse?
Heading off on an adult gap year with a bucket load of debt is not the way to go and you don’t want it hanging over your head whilst you’re trying to enjoy yourself!
If you do have a few debts, work on paying them off before saving to go travelling, then you can jet off knowing you are not going to come back to even more debt than you left behind. It’ll also mean that if you decide to stay a travelling human, you don’t have to worry about trying to pay it off whilst roaming the globe.
Are you in a position where you can just up and leave?
We all know that life can be complicated and loves to throw a spanner in the works, right when we think we’ve got it all figured out! That’s why we have to take a long hard look at whether we are in a position to leave our life behind for a while.
Maybe you have family members that rely on you, children, boyfriend/girlfriends you’ll be leaving behind or maybe there are issues with your current home status or you’re trapped in a contract that will cost you to get out of.
People often say that the best time is right now, but that’s just naive. Sometimes the best time is in a month, or a year or 2 years…
Look at your life and think about things logically, what will happen if you take a year out to travel the world? Will it affect others in your life? If the answer is no, then it’s time to book those plane tickets!
The benefits of taking an adult gap year
Many people will choose to take their gap years right when they have finished college or university and at that age, you’re still very young! You’ll still get a hell of a lot out of the experience, but it’ll be completely different to what you would get out of it if you head off as an adult.
Some things an adult gap year can teach you:
- What you want to do with the rest of your life
- How you can work and interact with others
- What part of the world you want to settle down in
- What type of human you’d like to spend the rest of your life with
- A new skill, hobby or passion (e.g. photography, writing, filmmaking etc.)
When you are young, you are probably travelling the world to avoid becoming an adult and continue your party lifestyle for as long as possible, but as an adult it’s a different story. We get a new sense of purpose as we age and a growing desire to find our place in life and taking an adult gap year could be the ticket to figuring that out.
Looking to book your adult gap year? Here are some of the best places to get started!