With students celebrating the end of their studies, vehicle hire excess and travel insurance specialist
1. Find a free or low-cost volunteer programme
A quick internet search will throw up a range of free volunteer abroad programmes in a number of continents. Some programmes, such as the international citizen service, won’t charge you a programme fee but will require you to fundraise a minimum amount before you set off. Organisations such as International Voluntary Service (IVS) and Concordia also offer voluntary placements abroad with low-placement fees, and offer the added bonus of in-country support.
2. Head to a low-cost destination
Opting for a destination where you will get more bang for your buck, will mean that you can live in style during your gap year, rather than just getting by. Spain recently topped a ranking of best value holiday destinations for Brits, with the top five being completed by Sri Lanka, the
3. Find the best deal on your gap year travel insurance
Most students will be on a shoestring budget during their gap year travels, so it is important that they get the right level of gap year travel insurance for their needs, without paying over the odds. Backpackers travel insurance provides a comprehensive level of cover, including features such as emergency medical expenses, baggage cover and legal expenses to ensure that you are covered for a number of eventualities on your gap year. The fact that it often provides cover for more than a year means it gives you the flexibility to extend your trip, should you want to put off the 9 to 5 for just a little bit longer.
4. Work your way around the world
Earning your way around the world is a great option for gappers who haven’t had the opportunity to save up during their final year of study. If you are aged between 18 and 30 you can get a 12-month working holiday visa for
5. Get an International Student's card
Just as in the
Questor Insurance’s ‘Be Holiday Savvy’ campaign is running from June to September and will provide travellers with a wealth of handy hints and tips to make the process of planning and executing their foreign holiday that much smoother.Sources