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Whether it comes between two stages of education at the end of your teens, or between two jobs in your forties, a gap year can be an amazing experience. The opportunity to break out of your daily routine and do a little soul searching is an important step, whenever it comes.
Everyone's gap year is different. For some, it's an opportunity to see as much as possible, picking up a multi-stop worldwide flight. For others, it's time to get a tan in South East Asia. Wherever in the world you're heading during your year out, you'll be needing somewhere to stay.
Accommodation varies from one place to another, but there are a number of things which hold true all over the world. Here, we take a look at where to stay during your gap year abroad.
Sleeper trains can be a great way to save money and time, as well as being somewhat exciting. If you're trying to cram a lot of stops into a short space of time, it makes a lot of sense to combine accommodation with travel. Most popular gap year destinations provide the opportunity to travel overnight in relative comfort.
Hostels are probably the most common choice for backpackers the world over. Whether you're in central Paris or rural Patagonia, you can be sure that there will be a hostel with a bed not too far away.
In addition to being the most affordable way to snag a comfortable bed for the night, hostels are also an excellent way to meet fellow travellers. Dormitories are typically very safe, and help to establish a community feel.
It's important to bear in mind the value for money which you can get from a hostel. While you might not get the same high standard of fittings and decoration that you'd expect from your trusted local tradesman like those at Service Magic back in the UK, utility is key and the price is low.
Camping is usually the cheapest option when it comes to overnight accommodation on the move. That said, you have to be selective about when you choose to do it. The number one factor is location.
A good camping trip requires the right climate – not too hot, not too cold, not too wet – and a sufficient rural expanse. Carrying out thorough research before you go is the best way to determine whether camping is the right choice for your year away.
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