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Missed out on a university place and forced to take a year out? Or have a uni or apprenticeship place booked but want to travel for a bit before diving into your career? Then joining the ever-growing cohort of gappers doing something worthwhile for a year is an option that could improve your future prospects – if you choose well.

If you’re looking for some advice about finances, insurance or general tips about planning a gap year, then the most important thing you can do is research. With their comprehensive handbook about gap years, The Gap Year Guidebook is a safe company to find numerous opportunities and companies prior to your gap year. They give you sound advice and blog posts from people who recently have completed their own gap year. Their advice and feedback covers all areas such as finance. “It’s estimated that the average gap-year for young people is £5000, while that goes up to £6000 for more mature travellers and £9000 for career breakers, plus flights on top. The key word here is average, but it at least gives you a ‘ball park’ figure.”

If you’re researched all of the practical things, Real Gap Experience is perfect for those wanting to find gap year experiences from 2 weeks up until 2 years. Their low deposit trips are perfect for those who are working towards a budget.

For more information about gap years, go to NotgoingtoUni and read some of their blog posts. They have lots of placement options below: