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Travelling to the other side of the world for a whole year might seem daunting. Many people dream of taking a year to themselves to experience another country and another way of living, but thoughts can creep up in their mind: "Is this right for my future?" and "How will this trip benefit me?" The truth is a gap year will benefit you and beyond! Just see the reasons below.
1. Employers love it!
Want to add great value to your CV/resume? There are many transferable skills gained by doing a gap year. You have: communication, foreign language, organisation and experience of working in another country.
2. You will become more confident and independent.
Organising travel, getting a job, meeting new people and making friends: this is the sort of thing confident and independent people do! There's no better way to learn.
3. Learn valuable life lessons before most people.
There's more to this world than what is in your back garden. Travelling abroad opens your eyes to different lifestyles, landscapes, wildlife and societies. It may even make you appreciate some things that you may have taken for granted back home.
4. Improve on a second language.
Being bilingual makes you stand out from the crowd in terms of getting a job. And, let's be honest, it's pretty cool too.
5. Make a lot of new friends from all corners of the globe.
What better excuse to go visit different countries if you have friends that live there?
6. Discover what you are passionate about before you start studying.
The traditional way is to quickly go from education to higher education without getting time to discover what you really want to do. This important decision of what to study shouldn't be rushed, so a gap year is the perfect time to take a step back and think about it.
7. Explore a few job options so you know what you want as a career path or as a job while studying.
Especially in New Zealand, backpackers can get a huge range of entry-level jobs relatively easily. You can try all sorts of occupations, from bar tending to fruit picking, from receptionist to retail staff.
8. Take on an adventure before getting too old.
If you are seriously considering taking a gap year, then now would be the time to do so! Snatch the opportunity before things get in the way, like committing to a career. There is no time like the present to go on an adventure.
9. Save up money for more travel!
The great thing about a working holiday is that you can work for a little while to save up for more travel – get a good balance of "work" and "holiday".
10. Finally, it's so much fun!
Seriously, doing a gap year is usually the "trip of a lifetime". In New Zealand, there's an endless list of amazing activities to do with like-minded people. This country certainly promotes the "play" part of "work and play"
Are these the sort of values you're looking for? At Working Holiday Starter, we can help kick start your gap year in New Zealand. Take a look at our New Zealand Starter Pack for more details.
Also, check out our original article: 13 reasons to take a gap year in New Zealand.