Gap Year destinations

2014-01-16 10:08

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The decision to take a gap year can’t be easy. It usually means taking a break before continuing your studies or taking the time to reflect on your life, deciding what it is you really want to spend the rest of your life doing. You don’t need to have it all figured out but we think you should be travelling.

Students of Kaplan International College, who conducted a survey on the benefits of travel, found that 66% of students who have travelled overseas achieved higher grades.

It is no secret that travel is a portal for learning- visiting new places, exploring different cultures and ideologies, can be fun and enriching for your life.

Kaplan’s survey indicates that 73% of HR professionals believe that a constructive gap year is worthwhile.

Taking a gap year to travel can be beneficial to your career, health and personal relationships as well, according to Kaplan. You could spend the year partying, working but not saving, or studying courses that you’d rather not be a part of, but that would be a waste.

Could you ever say travel was a waste? Exactly.

Much has been said about South Africa’s matric results for 2013. Cope Leader Mosiuoa Lekota even described it as mediocre, saying students will battle to find employment or gain admission to a tertiary institution.

So while you’re deciding what you want out of life, take heed of this famous quote by Anthony Boudain, which says:

“If you’re ... physically fit, hungry to learn and be better; I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possibly. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them - wherever you go.“

Price from travel has released a backpacker’s index list of world cities ranked from cheapest to most expensive for 2014 and they have even included an estimated daily cost of living in each country.

Items considered as basic tourist necessities were as follows:
• A dorm bed at a good and cheap hostel
• 3 budget meals
• 2 public transportation rides
• 1 paid cultural attraction
• 3 cheap beers (as an “entertainment fund”)

This is useful as it will allow you to calculate how long you will be able to stay in each city and more or less how much it will cost.

Starting from the cheapest city at number one:
(Prices have been converted from USD to Rands (R10.98 to 1 USD)

1. Pokhara, Nepal – R 156.24 per day

2. Hanoi, Vietnam – R 173.26 per day

3. Chiang Mai, Thailand – R 192.68 per day

4. Goa, India – R 199.12 per day

5. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – R 199.33 per day

6. Kathmandu, Nepal – R 201.41 per day

7. Vientiane, Laos – R 233.27 
per day

8. Delhi, India – R 233.27 per day

9. Luang Prabang, Laos – R 236.87 per day 

10. Bangkok, Thailand – R 237.63
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