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Thursday, 16 June 2016

I'm Not Doing a Gap Year, OK?

Gap year is one of those things which seems to have got a bit of a reputation over the last few years. Not nesscarily completely bad, but generically it is seen as a year in your life after you finish school to travel, do some good, find yourself etc before heading straight off to uni. Brilliant if that's what you want to do, but for me I don't want to be put under that label or even for people to consider that I'm doing a gap year. Because I'm not. I'm starting my life, I've left school and I have my whole life ahead of me to do whatever the hell I want. Currently I do not plan to come back to any sort of higher education, and therefore I'm not on a gap year. However I am going to Australia to work in a school for a year, which I agree is a classic gap year excursion so be prepared there will be lots of posts on this and to help all of you who are on a gap year, never fear I am not completely anti them. 

I hate the, "what are you going to do when you come back?" Question which I seem to be constantly asked, and as a matter of fact I have no idea. Probably get a job, save and travel some more. I really have the travel bug, and why not make the most of it. I want to live, experience and do everything I can. I want to work all over the world. I want to be that person who's so well traveled, people come to them for advice on certain destinations like a real life trip adviser. 
I truly believe life is not meant to be lived in one place, so gap year or not I will be travelling as much as possible and for the short term, even if it's just a year, that is my life plan. 
Gap years aren't all bad, in fact they are amazing if your taking a year out before uni. But I hate the expectation of the ones of us who are simply living are lives, after all a gap year is simple a gap between two things, implying that you are coming back for something. The only thing that'll be drawing me back home is the fact I will be truly missing my dog, and may want to see my family. 
Society likes to place everyone in a box, a category to what they are doing, who they are. I get that, to an extent but just because I'm travelling and have left school, doesn't mean I am on a gap year. 
I leave next month, on what will be the biggest adventure of my life- to date. That's scary. Next month, as in 27 days time, next month. After my exams I plan to spend time with friends, family and blog basically as much as I can. I have so much content waited to be shared, I want to improve my photography a lot, a lot a lot.  And I want to generally take this blog up a level, make it relatable and interesting. Switch it up every now and again, there is so much planned you have no idea. 

For now though, make sure your following and come along with me on my next adventure as I'm sure it's going to be incredible. 

5 comments:

  1. Well said, you live your life the way you choose, hopefully your friends will also be a draw to come home, but I am sure you will have an amazing time and stretch your wings. I look forward to an Aussie blog full of beauty, travel fun and friendships. Good luck.

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  2. I think people place way too much emphasis on what people will do next when really, what does it matter? This is what you are doing now, and you're going to love it. Who cares what comes next right now? Good luck with your travels - enjoy it! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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  3. You have got to do what you've got to do! I've found the people in my life that have done gap years did them because they couldn't get a job. They tried and failed and so went travelling instead. It's an enviable lifestyle but I just couldn't give up on a career like that!

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

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