Gap Year Packing: 5 essentials for your cabin bag
A gap year (or two) is one of the best life experiences that you can have. It takes you out of your comfort zone and allows you to explore a new place. For those just starting out in life it is a great way to set the course for your life and help you evaluate what you really want to do. For those taking a mid career / mid life gap year, it's a chance to reevaluate, redirect and rediscover who you really are and set your life on course to where you really want to be.
Unlike a vacation, a gap year is a year or more long, so all of the things that might seem 'essential' on a short break may just not fit into the amount of luggage you're allowed on the plane. A gap year is also about new experiences and not 'stuff' so even if you've got access to taking extra luggage, it's just more for you to carry around and worry about whilst you're away.
Gap year packing requires you to cater for a range of seasons, size and weight restrictions and most of all use. Those items that have more than one function are like packing gold. When it comes to Gap year packing, you also want to look for quality items that you're not going to have to replace whilst you're away. You want bang for your buck and you want it to make your life that little bit easier whilst you're travelling abroad.
These are our Top 5 must haves for your carry on bag. You'll love them for long haul, short haul and even road trip travel!
So you're moving abroad for a year..or maybe more. There's nothing quite like the anticipation of a big trip and this is certainly BIG! Moving overseas is an exciting adventure, filled with the opportunity to explore places, meet new people and have unique experiences that you just can't have at home.
Whether you're travelling with a group, a friend or going solo, there's one thing that is for sure. No matter how much fun you're having, you're going to hit some walls. Whether it's not being able to find your way around, missing foods from home or red tape dilemmas. You could even be hitting some road blocks before you leave just deciding what to pack... I mean how do you fit a whole life into a suitcase? And, how can you possibly predict what may be an essential item compared to a nice to have or even I'll never use it kind of thing?
Well, we were definitely guilty of packing quite a few 'never take it out of the case' items. Luckily, we had family and friends who could ferry things back to Australia from the UK for us and bring us over a few items that we wished that we had packed. Postage is super expensive, so its best to get it right before you leave. So, after learning the hard way, we've got you covered with our top 5 essentials that you MUST include when packing to move abroad.
When it comes to travel, capturing your memories and experiences is an important business. Looking back on photos helps us to relive the memory and the good times, or even sometimes misadventures that took place!
Deciding how to capture those memories is also serious business. Some of us enthusiasts have all of the newest camera gear and love to take professional shots using a DSLR, some of us are a notch down with a point and shoot camera, and nearly all of us take a sneaky snap or two using our mobile phone.
With the average smart phone retailing at around $1000, it can be quite a risk to take our phones on holidays with us, particularly when they are also connected to a contract that needs to be paid out in addition to the financial loss of losing the phone. Thankfully, OPPO have come up with the A57, an affordable smart phone solution that takes the financial worry away without losing any quality in your photos.
If you were to look on Instagram or Facebook any day of the week, you'd be bombarded with images of people travelling the world and having a ball. From families enjoying Disney, to couples on endless honeymoons and women backpacking around with out a care. Truth is, it is just an image.
Behind every one of these pictures is a worry of some type. Can I afford this trip? What if I'm stuck on my own? What if I get in trouble and can't call for help? I'm feeling a little lonely.
Problem is, its not all that glamorous to post what we 'really feel'. Sure some may have the odd comical post about a bizarre destination or a hairy experience, but for most we are posting our 'idealised' image of travel. For some this can be inspiring, but for others it may make us feel a little anxious that our trips don't quite look the same, or what might happen to us if we were to step out of our comfort zone and say go backpacking solo.
If you are feeling a little anxious about taking a trip, or whilst you are travelling, relax. Its normal! Thing is, you don't need to let it hold you back. Read on some for some simple tips on how to relieve travel anxiety and have the best trip possible.
When it comes to travel, solo travel is not for us all. It can be stressful, lonely and it means doing all of the planning and decision making on your own. For this reason, many of us look for a friend or even online for a travel mate, to enjoy our experiences.
Travel can be stressful at times, and being in close proximity to a travel mate, for many hours a day, generally outside of your comfort zone of being at home, can bring out the best, but often the worst.
It is with this in mind, we write of 4 personality traits to avoid in a travel mate. Trust us, no travel mate is better than a bad one and if you're feeling a bit iffy about it before you leave, well, you might just be on to something.
I thought to myself a few years back as I embarked on a 2 year adventure abroad. I was going to take every moment to travel. I wouldn't get tired of travel, I wouldn't mind delays, it'd be all good.
Cue 6 months into the 2 years where I'd begun to catch every new bug the kids at school could give me, weekends were never down time and my holidays were mapped out well in advance with flights all over Europe, whether I was well enough to travel or not.
I stumbled on, some destinations with far less pictures of me in them than others, and managed to visit 19 countries in 2 years. Some destinations I was energised and excited. Others I stumbled around new cities, dying to have a nap. I waited in airports for delayed flights until 2 in the morning and somewhat forgot the art of how to relax.
Did it stop me? Well, on the rare occasion my husband put his foot down and told me I was too unwell to go anywhere, no, not really. Did it cause me to have a mega case of being travel weary? You betcha.
Now that my travel schedule is not quite so full on, I can see how my weariness began and developed. I was simply too tired to travel and just a little bit tired of travel. Read on to spot some of the signs that you might be a little travel weary.
When it comes to weekending, travelling carry on only is the only way. Instead of spending money on unnecessary checked in luggage, loosing time at bag drop and then at the baggage carousel, travelling carry on only will have you through the airport and on your way, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy your weekend exploration.
When it comes to a weekend city break, you want to be able to have options to cater for a variety of weather conditions, be comfortable whilst exploring new places and then get a little dressed up for a night on the town. Most importantly, you need to be able to fit all of these options in your case and stay within any airline imposed weight and size restrictions.
With a bit of careful planning, and capsule wardrobe thinking, we'll have you looking good and well packed for your weekend city break.
Whilst I don't suggest that you teach to travel (unless perhaps its teaching English or the like), if you have a passion for teaching and a passion for travelling, then they certainly go hand in hand. With anywhere up to 15 weeks leave a year, it allows plenty of time to travel and explore. This is particularly useful if you are on an overseas working holiday and travel is a priority for you.
Now don't get me wrong, you may not want to travel every holiday. Teaching, especially full time in a school, is like jamming a whole year of work into 4 short terms and come holiday time, the couch is quite often more enticing then negotiating an airport and exploring a new place.
If you're not married to a teacher, it can also get a little tricky. Most mere mortals only have 4 to 5 weeks leave a year, which leaves a rather big disparity. This is the case for my husband and I and here are three ways we work around it.