Gap Year Articles

The great Brazilian composer and musician Tom Jobin famously said, “Brazil is not for beginners.” To be fair, I’m not sure exactly how many countries really are appropriate for beginners, but Brazil can leave a first-time visitor feeling pretty disoriented and overwhelmed. I made...
Australia holds a very special place in my heart. It was the place where, what now feels like many moons ago, I had my first solo experience overseas. As an exchange student in Melbourne, I took to my newfound independence like a bird to flight and lapped up every minute of my...
"Are you alone?” I turned my head away from the temple to see a Thai family looking at me. "Yes, I am,” I said. They stared at me a moment longer before one of the sons spoke again. "Come with me and my family, we will show you the temple." I was stunned, taken aback by their...
Ah, Buenos Aires -- the city of Evita, tango, and parillas (translation: the world’s best steak houses), where modern cosmopolitan buildings stand side by side 18th-century aristocratic palaces. Dubbed the “Paris of South America,” Argentina’s colorful capital city has long been...
The famous author Mark Twain once said, "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do." Take a look at these five stand-out travelers' stories (in no particular order) if you're hesitating on taking the plunge to...
During the spring of my sophomore year of college, I came across an opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream of working at a Disney theme park with the Disney College Program.
When I took a job that would move me every 3-6 months to a different country, I knew I would gain a lot of skills in emerging markets, sales, management, and market entry, but I didn't expect to gain so many skills in, well, packing. True story: I was in Istanbul, packed for a 3...
About four and a half years ago, I hopped on a plane to study abroad in Beijing. While I scoured the internet for information and read just about every blog I could find, I still had so many questions! Well, as someone who has now been living in China for three full years, today...
If you're a Canadian citizen dreaming of a work and travel in Australia, this is the ultimate resource for you. Here's everything you need to know to get a working holiday job in Australia.
Night falls quickly in Costa Rica. Year round, the sun will be down by 6 pm, pitching your world into a deep blackness that lingers until morning. And in rainy season, which occurs for six months of the year, each night, without fail, comes with a steady dose of drizzling rain....