Graduating can be both exhilarating and terrifying. For many, the path ahead is still yet to be laid and in today’s day in age, more and more young adults are choosing to take some extra time to consider all of the options abound before forging ahead into a new career.
The number of newly graduated students opting to participate in a “gap year” is continuing to rise year after year. This travel trend has spurred an increase in organizations and specialty companies whose expertise is in helping these young adults choose just the right experience for them to help them discover their passion, inspiration, life’s goal, etc…
The Travel Smart Blog team has compiled the below list of Gap Year connoisseurs to help the class of 2013 get a head start on their gap year travels. Don’t forget to check out our post on the “Top Travel Gifts for Grads” before heading out! Safe Travels!
A must-visit site for gap year travelers. Here you can meet people, find information, and obtain gap year travel tips. We strongly recommend you check the site before making the decision, because they have all you need to build a perfect gap year trip. It is also the biggest social networking platform for gap year students to connect with each other and share their experiences.
Real Gap Experience
As a leading gap year and student adventure specialist, Real Gap Experience has sent more than 50,000 travelers around the world. It provides a wide range of trips for people seeking different experiences. See their top 10 trips for adventure, volunteer and work broad, or become fully immersed in local culture via their “Experience Trips” offerings. Don’t forget to check the latest special offers if you are on a budget.
Adventures Cross Country
ARCC is a 30 years-old pioneer in guiding young adults through the year of transition. The specialized gap year programs send students to fascinating destinations across the globe and teach them the skills they need to achieve their future goals. Not to mention, a meaningful trip with responsible trip leaders can inspire lifelong friendships, leadership skills and self confidence in a safe and fun environment. Visit the site and find your ideal trip.
If you want to have a short break, or “gap week,” consider Gap 360. It offers both full year program and weeks break travel options. Its travel advisor can help you figure out what is the best for you and help you well-prepared whether you are going on adventure or working abroad. Its website also includes basic advice so be sure to read it before you take off.
Do not want to go too far away from home? TrekAmerica can help you to find short adventure tours within the U.S, Canada and Mexico. You can be guaranteed to travel with people around your same age and have fun while fully exploring America. Adventure options include Hiking in the National Parks, Exploring Monument Valley with Navajo Indians, Horseback riding on an authentic western ranch and Mountain biking on the “slickrock” train in Utah.