The World :: Take a Gap Year

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"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

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