Top Tips For a Safe Gap Year

Check your parent’s health insurance.
While some insurance continues to cover students who choose to take a gap year, many do not. Be sure to check your parent’s insurance and purchase temporary medical insurance for yourself if necessary.

Purchase travel insurance.
Travel insurance is a must for those who will be traveling abroad. This investment will cover lost or damaged luggage, missed flights, or cancelled trips.

Use traveller’s cheques.
Traveller’s cheques are the safest way to spend money overseas. You are the only one who can spend them so if they are misplaced or stolen you will not have lost any money. While debit or credit cards can often be used internationally, be careful of large transaction fees from your bank.

Have a supply of cash travel money for emergencies.
Always have a small amount of cash with you for emergencies or rural areas where only cash is accepted.

Have a place to store your valuables.
Your travel documents, cash supply, and proof of identification should be placed in a secure location at all times. Some travellers sew inner pockets into their clothes while others wear a pouch underneath their clothing.

Volunteer with an established organization.
If you will be working or volunteering during your gap year, make sure you are connected with a reputable organization.

Research the places you will be visiting.
Take the extra time before you travel to thoroughly become acquainted with the customs and a bit of the language of the country you will be visiting. This will help keep you safe and allow you to find your way around more successfully.

Always make sure someone knows where you are.
Constantly keep in contact with your friends and loved one’s back home. Don’t take a weekend trip into the country without telling someone.

Carry emergency numbers.
Carry with you and perhaps memorize the following numbers: your home, the place you are staying, your parents, and your embassy.

Obtain all necessary vaccinations.
Receive all required and suggested vaccinations. It is better to take the precautions now than end up with a disease later.