Should you Take a Year Out and Travel Overseas?
Should you take a year off from school and travel before college/university? For some people it's the greatest experience, and for others? Meh, not so much. Is a year out something you should do? Take out handy quiz and find out!
1. It's Friday night, and you've got a project due in Monday morning. How are you feeling?
A) Prepared. I finished it the day it was assigned.
B) Okay. I wanted to do more early on, but I've got all my research done, and an essay plan written, so I just need to start writing!
C) It's due on Monday? Err…I can get an extension, right?
2. What's your bank balance looking like?
A) Really good. If I don't have any money, I can always hit the parents for a raise…
B) Pretty good. I have a part time job and I save as much money as I can. I budget amounts for clothes, going out, and treats for myself - you've got to spoil yourself sometimes!
C) Well, you know, I've spent a lot on things I really need like the new Billy Talent CD, and the latest Wii game - but I needed those things.
3. You're planning a trip overseas, and to get to your destination, you'll have to change planes at least twice. How's it going?
A) Great! I hate wasting time, so I've planned it so I've got 45 minutes between each flight. It'll work perfectly.
B) Great! I've left about 2 hours between flights just in case there are any problems. After checking news sites on the internet, I've noticed that there might be some delays due to weather, so I won't need to worry about missing flights.
C) You have to book flights? Umm…I'll get to it.
4. Where do you want to go on your year out?
A) I'm going to Ireland, so I can stay with my grandmother, and work there for a year. My parents are sending me some money as well, and my grandmother's a good cook, so it'll be great!
B) I've contacted a reputable company that I learned about through my career centre at school. I'm going to China to teach English, and I've already got my school and my accommodation arranged. I'll get to live a completely different lifestyle!
C) Well, me and my buddies thought we'd drive to Mexico. Yeah, I know it'll take ages, but we've got some awesome tunes. Not sure what we're gonna do once we get there though, but I'm sure we'll find something.
5. The big question - Are you 100% sure you'll come back to school once you've finished your year out?
A) Of course. My parents would go crazy!
B) I hope so. I'm using this experience as a way of enhancing my degree…not replacing it!
C) Erm…depends how good the beaches are in Mexico.
You're definitely organized and prepared enough to take a year out, but you're still a little bit too naïve about the world. If you're stranded in the middle of the outback in Australia, your dad isn't going be able to come