Gap Year Articles

The au pair role has traditionally -- and stereotypically -- been filled by women, but can guys be au pairs too? Well, sort of. Even though gender norms are becoming less rigid, there are still parts of the world that are more traditional and compartmentalized in their views of...
Before I turned 18, I'd never left the country. Almost 10 years later, I've traveled to 54 countries and worked in over a dozen, including South Africa, Nigeria, Mongolia, Egypt, Qatar, and Paraguay. I've worked with the Presidents and Central Bank Governors of countries all over...
When in Europe, hostels are a tried and true accommodation pick for travelers on a budget. Not only do the dorm-style rooms allow you to cut on costs, they are also generally located in convenient sections of town, have staff who can provide you with insider tips for exploring...
Communication is an important aspect to consider when you decide to take an international gap year or study abroad. While you might be up to date on the easiest (and most cost-effective) ways to keep in touch with friends and family back home , have you figured out how you will...
So you've heard about how awesome taking a gap year overseas is, but you're convinced it's not for you. After all, travel isn't for everyone -- right? You might be wrong on this one. Here are 10 things holding you back from taking a gap year that totally shouldn't. 1. There's A...
While the 2016 presidential election is fast approaching, if you're living abroad it could sneak up on you even faster than you expect. As an expat, traveler, or student abroad, voting from overseas isn't as simple as showing up at a ballot booth. You have to -- in true...
Gap years have been on our radar since long before Malia Obama announced she'd be taking a year off before entering Harvard. For most of the country, though, the announcement was probably followed by a mass Googling of "what is a gap year?" This isn't that surprising -- until...
For the past three years, I've tried to keep track of special moments. It's harder than you'd think, especially being abroad. Moments never happen when you think they will. In fact, some events that very clearly should be "moments" in the grand scheme of my life can often go by...
Traveling overseas is one of the most enriching experiences you can gift yourself, but there is no denying that the longer you’re away, the more difficult it is to stay connected with others. How can you keep in touch with family and friends while overseas? Modern technology has...
It seems like Tibet is on just about everyone's bucket list. But with a complicated visa process, a mandatory tour, and a sticky political situation, Tibet is one of the most difficult places in the world to visit. I was fortunate enough to make my way to Tibet at 22-years-old,...