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Studying at university can get pretty hectic; you’re setting your own path through the academic world, potentially living on your own terms out of home, undertaking some sort of internship or work experience, balancing a job – all the while trying to get your assessment in on time. Fortunately, all of this is forgotten about as soon as the semester break kicks in. It’s a chance to unwind, catch up on all those missed episodes of Game of Thrones, and head away on an overseas adventure. If the latter sounds like you, here are the top destinations for students to…

Safari (Creative Commons)

Some people are city dwellers, while others feel much more comfortable in a natural environment. Those people who seek out nature are often also enamoured by animals. They will fill their cameras up with twenty shots of one animal, hoping to get the perfect angle. They will also travel thousands of miles for the chance to see their favourite animals in the wild. Here are three great holiday ideas for all of those animal lovers. Trek the Jungles of Costa Rica The jungles of Costa Rica are no stranger to visitors. Because of that, there is a strong tourist infrastructure…

Ski Chalet, France (Creative Commons)

VOLUNTEER WITH TURTLES IN COSTA RICA Volunteer work along the Costa Rica coastline is an exciting activity, you can get to enjoy the fabulous beaches just like on a regular summer holiday and learn the basics about conservation activities. The Costa Rican coastline has excellent sandy beaches which are nesting grounds for four species of sea turtles namely the leatherbacks, hawksbill, olive ridley and green turtles. The sea turtles nesting areas are normally threatened by human activity along the beaches, which means if uncontrolled or unchecked could lead to an imbalance in the ecosystem of the region. Therefore volunteer work…

Teaching Gap year volunteering (creative commons)

Taking a year off can be one of the most meaningful experiences in your life. Many have found that their gap year travel is the time when they are able to reflect on their lives, learn more about themselves and simply relax and get away from all the daily stress. Instead of simply using your gap year for socialising and sightseeing, why not include some humanitarian volunteering? Volunteering abroad is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of your chosen country. This can be a two-way exchange that allows you to give something back to the community while…

Sign in Bluff, New Zealand. By Will Ellis (Creative Commons)

Preparing for a gap year can be a daunting task, with a seemingly endless list of things to think about when planning a lengthy trip abroad. One way to tackle it is to break your preparation up into more manageable segments, focusing on a single task at a time and making sure that you have all the essentials covered. To help you with this, below is a list of some of the most important things you need to think about before going away on your gap year. Budgeting The first thing to do is to figure out how much you…