Gap Years in New Zealand
There are essentially three rules in life. Rule 1 – don’t panic. Rule 2 – don’t PANIC! Rule 3 – DON’T PA…. well I think you get the idea. The same applies to taking a GAP YEAR. Whether you’re leaving school and this is your first time away from home; you reached a stalemate in your career and need a change; or you are just looking for adventure no matter how timeless your age is – New Zealand is the best place to start your adventure!
Why take a GAP YEAR?
Taking the plunge and travelling on your own for an extended length of time can be daunting. You have to consider funding, visas and the type of experiences you’re ultimately looking for. But, most importantly you are pushing your personal boundaries and giving yourself the space to truly find out what you want in life. Even if that’s just been able to tell amazing stories to your friends and family when you get home.
So why New Zealand?
New Zealand may be at the bottom of the world, but it comes up tops as a destination for starting your GAP YEAR or extended travel journey. It is generally a safe destination especially, for Solo-Female travellers; it is easy to navigate and has first world infrastructure such as roads, hospitals and good internet connection; Kiwis are some of the friendliest people on earth and are for the most part open for a good chat; it is geared up for working holiday jobs and seasonal jobs which, is a great way to earn extra cash and hopefully extend your travelling time; and most importantly it is probably one of the most beautiful places on earth and offers some of the world’s best adventure experiences that any kind of traveller would enjoy. So whether you are a flashpacker, backpacker, culture vulture, an extreme adventurer, party animal, spiritual seeker or a foodie there is something for everyone in New Zealand!
New Zealand Backpackers Magazine
This article and images were submitted by the travel writers from New Zealand Backpackers Magazine. Photos by Tourism New Zealand.