New Year, New You? Make 2022 the year you travel the world on a gap year

If taking a 2022 gap year is top of your list of New Year’s Resolutions, then we’re here to help you plan the perfect trip. The Gap Year Hub are gap year travel experts and have all the advice and resources you need to make 2022 the year you travel the world.

Here we outline why this should be the year you take a gap year, and outline the impact of Covid-19 on gap years.

A gap year after finishing studying in 2022

If you will finish school, college or university this year, then it could be the perfect time to take a gap year. Many people head off on their trip after their final exams and before they take the next step in their education or start a job.

Many young people feel they need a break after all those years of studying, especially with the backdrop of Covid-19. Whatever you plan to do next, a gap year is a great way to take some time out.

Develop new skills on your 2022 gap year

Do you want to learn a new language, boost your confidence or master problem-solving? These are just some of the skills people learn on a gap year, so you could return from your trip with a list of impressive new talents. These can help with your future education and career plans.

Many gap year travellers learn new financial and communication skills and develop an incredible sense of cultural awareness.

Make your CV stand out

All of the skills we’ve just mentioned are fantastic to include on your CV. The job market has always been competitive, and 2022 is no different. You want to hone a CV that makes you stand out to potential employers, and a gap year can help you gain valuable experience.

Perhaps you’ll decide to volunteer or work on your gap year, do an internship or teach English as a foreign language. All of these will help you develop new skills that you can talk about on your CV and when applying for jobs.

How Covid-19 has changed gap years

Covid-19 put a pause on international gap years for the majority of travellers during 2020 and 2021. While the past two years have undeniably changed the travel landscape and Covid-19 is still causing immense challenges in some countries, there are signs for optimism. Borders are continuing to re-open, global vaccination rates are increasing and many popular gap year destinations are keen to welcome back travellers.

We believe 2022 travel is looking positive, and with some careful planning a safe and enjoyable trip abroad is possible.

Travel is more complex than it was previously, especially for gap year trips that include multiple destinations. Doing thorough research on what you’ll do on your gap year and where you will go is vital.

Use the Government’s Foreign Travel Advice to find information about travel warnings, entry requirements and safety and security in the destinations you want to visit. Having expert advice can make your trip run much more smoothly, and if you plan your trip through a travel agent or gap year consultant they will know the latest travel developments.

Make 2022 the year you have fun!

The past two years have been immensely challenging for many people. Lots of the young people we speak to are keen to plan a 2022 gap year to give them something exciting and new to look forward to.

A gap year is a wonderful opportunity to see the world, meet new people and experience different cultures and places. If you’re ready to plan a fun-filled gap year, browse our list of suggested gap year activities.

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