As a fellow gap year traveller, I hope my pearls of wisdom in this area may be of some use as a few things have changed since then, not least the pandemic which may limit travelling slightly.
But fear not: with the vaccine roll-out up and running, a fun post-pandemic gap year is on the horizon, though it may take some imagination and possibly the willingness to adapt and be flexible.
Teaching and volunteering
One of the most rewarding things you can do on a gap year is to kill two birds with one stone and mix going abroad with doing something constructive like teaching or volunteering.
There are three interesting ways to do this. Firstly, with a company like TEFL, after a short course you can teach English to kids almost anywhere in the world. Secondly, doing conservation projects or working in sanctuaries can be really fulfilling; this could be anything from tending elephants in Sri Lanka to endangered orangutans in Borneo. If you’re an animal lover, this one’s for you.
Lastly, you can work on community projects in developing countries, which can involve teaching deprived children or helping to build things. These projects tend to happen in Africa, Asia or South America.
But be extra careful of scams! There are lots of ‘projects’ floating around online that will take your money and run - so do your research!