The World :: Take a Gap Year
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did." – Mark Twain. There's much to be said for the virtues of working and saving and buying a house and getting a dog and raising some kids (or chickens) and settling down. But you don't want to rush it. It's a hard path to reverse out of (those chickens won't feed themselves). Which is why the concept of having a year off to explore the world is so appealing. Here's just one of about a million options. Buy a round the world ticket with stop overs in Hawaii (November/December), Canada (January- May), and London (June-August). Surf the North Shore, shred Whistler Blackcomb then hit Europe for autumn and the briny delights of Hossegor, Munduka and Supertubos. When your nose turns blue warm up in Morocco for a few months. By March you'll be ready to move on to South Africa or Indonesia. Work visas for Canada and the UK are easy enough for under 30s to obtain so this type of epic-ness is totally achievable. It only requires a bit of grit. You'll work shitty jobs, sleep rough and haul board bags into crowded trains right when gastro strikes. If you can afford to buy a car it will almost certainly break down. Overcoming all these things will force you to become more self-reliant. You'll also become more cultured, less fearful, meet heaps of awesome crew and learn how to order a beer in six languages. You won't even remember that stuff happening. You'll be too busy getting tubed, surviving four-day music festivals and hooking up with long-legged strangers. Re-adjusting to the real world will take some time and you'll probably never afford a house in Sydney. But who can? Gap years are supposed to be for youngsters fresh out of high school or Uni but it's never too late to lap the world.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: MOROCCO CALLING. PHOTO: BONNARME PERUVIAN FIELD OF DREAMS. PHOTO: CODY WELSH AUTHENTIC IRISH GREEN-ROOM. PHOTO: CODY WELSH