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    • Kit1
    • By Kit1 11th Jun 19, 3:50 PM
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    Taking a year out.
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    • 11th Jun 19, 3:50 PM
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    Taking a year out. 11th Jun 19 at 3:50 PM
    Hi

    I have posted this on the jobs forum but thought it might be a good idea to post here to get more info. OH is being made redundant and we think now is the time to take some time out. We never had a gap year so would like to do it now.

    We are in the early stages of planning and wondered if anyone has done this later in life and if so

    How did you start planning?
    Did you plan it yourself or go through an agent?
    What were your priorities?
    Did you volunteer and so what type of things did you do?

    I am sure there are many more questions but these are the ones l have come up with so far.

    Any tips would be appreciated.
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    • blindman
    • By blindman 11th Jun 19, 4:42 PM
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    • 11th Jun 19, 4:42 PM
    Hi

    How did you start planning?
    Picked some highlights then worked out a route
    Did you plan it yourself or go through an agent?
    No DIY is the MSE way
    What were your priorities?
    Low spending and safety

    Did you volunteer and so what type of things did you do?
    Too busy seeing stuff this time.

    I am sure there are many more questions but these are the ones l have come up with so far.

    Any tips would be appreciated.
    Originally posted by Kit1
    We are both now retired at 64\62.

    Planned to do a RTW trip combining Galapagos\Easter Island\Australian F1 and Myanmar.
    Sort of a bucket list.
    Fitted the rest of the route in around those.

    Spent about 12 months planning 70% of the trip.
    Left in January to hit the best seasons for the trip.
    Spent 4 months "on the road"

    Planning the next one.
    Last edited by blindman; 11-06-2019 at 4:47 PM.
    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 11th Jun 19, 7:10 PM
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    I have done similar things...


    A good starting point is to arrange work (paid or unpaid) somewhere interesting and exotic, and then come home slowly at the end of the contract. For instance, I answered an advertisement in the 'New Statesman' and some months later an air ticket arrived, so I went to teach Mathematics in the Seychelles. Some years later I applied to VSO, and they matched me with a vacancy in the Philippines and made all the arrangements. In both cases my journey home afterwards took the best part of a year, and embraced many different countries. And no, I did not use an agent: Lonely Planet guides are very useful, and once you are on the road you meet other travellers with interesting ideas...

    Do think carefully about how you would present the experience to any future employers.
    • NoodleDoodleMan
    • By NoodleDoodleMan 13th Jun 19, 4:34 PM
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    • 13th Jun 19, 4:34 PM
    I suspect there are many practical issues to be investigated if you are away from homre for such a long period.


    Who is minding your property, for example ?

    I believe house insurance is usually not valid for length absences.
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 13th Jun 19, 6:15 PM
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    My son took unpaid leave and went to do voluntary work in the Philippines for a month. He then spent time in New Zealand and then Australia before coming home.

    The volunteering was done through a company but the rest of the trip was booked as he went along.
    • Socajam
    • By Socajam 13th Jun 19, 6:18 PM
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    • 13th Jun 19, 6:18 PM
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    • 13th Jun 19, 6:18 PM
    You could also do a stint with Mercy Ship

    Mercy Ships is an international charity. Mercy Ships currently operates the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world.
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