Tomorrow is the day that will start a new chapter in my life. I feel excited, energetic and a little bit nervous. This is something I’ve dreamed of for the past 6 years, and now it’s finally here. I’m taking a gap year and for 6 months I will be living on the other side of our planet.Sydney, Australia; That will be my destination for the upcoming 6 months. The place I will make memories, have fun and go on adventures. For the past months and weeks I did everything that needed to be done to make this dream come true. From struggles with my VISA to my birthday only one week before departure. Saying goodbye to dearest friends and family, but at the same time getting excited to finally meet the people I’ve talked to for the past few months.
I have to admit, planning out a trip like this takes a lot of time and money. A few tips I can give on the preparation time are:
- Know what you want. Make sure to read and look up information about your plan, organisation, destination etc. before you even start planning. You can start doing this years in advance. The process will be so much easier if you already looked into some details before hand.
- Start in time. This applies to kind of everything. Planning a big trip or gap year like this takes a lot of time. So make sure you start in time with contacting an organisation, applying voor a VISA and requesting important documents.
- Keep it clean. Make an organised list with everything you need to do and/or need to pack and check off your tasks when finished. Also, create a place (on your computer and/or in a folder) to store all important documents of your trip. This way everything is clear and put together in one place.
- Ask. It doesn’t matter about what, why or whatever. If something isn’t clear, just ask. I’ve sent so many e-mails to my organisation (EF, Education First), but it made me feel so much more confident. And by the way, it really is their job to help you with those things, so don’t be afraid. If you plan a trip by yourself, ask people who’ve done the same!
- Last but not least is to enjoy. Keep your chill and try to enjoy the process. Getting everything ready doesn’t have to be only stressful. Make a bucket list and save pictures on Pinterest, Instagram and other platforms to get you excited for your trip!
I’ll be doing an English course, working towards the Cambridge English Exam, combining this study with the beauty of Sydney. Thrilled and excited as I am, I will get on my first (real*) airplane ever. 31 hours of traveling, here I come!
Want to join me on this journey? Follow the blog and check out my social media for daily updates on this amazing journey! Hope to see you there and let me know what your dream destination is for a gap year!
* I’ve been in a small cargo plain twice as I went skydiving. Want to read a bit about that experience? Click here!
**All pictures in this post are from Pixabay, as I haven’t arrived (and taken pictures) in Sydney yet myself.