Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Top Tips to Help Make Your Gap Year Great. This Summer, Thousands of Students Will Be Planning Extended Travel Adventures. Sarah Marshall Shares Some Essential Advice

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Top Tips to Help Make Your Gap Year Great. This Summer, Thousands of Students Will Be Planning Extended Travel Adventures. Sarah Marshall Shares Some Essential Advice

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Byline: SARAH MARSHALL

AS EXAM results loom, an increasing number of students are choosing to break up their studies by travelling overseas for extended periods. A growing number of established professionals are also pressing pause for a career break too.

But while a freewheeling attitude and sense of adventure are key to successful backpacking, careful planning is equally essential.

If you're considering taking off in the next few months, here are some top tips you might want to know...

1MAKE A PLAN HALF the fun of backpacking is wondering where you might end up, but it's still worth having a rough plan in mind. It will help you to budget not only money - but also time.

2 CONSIDER AN ORGANISED TOUR TO GET YOU STARTED IF YOU'RE nervous about travelling alone, think about booking a place on a group tour to kickstart your adventure. It will give you an opportunity to settle into the rhythm of travel and may also help you make a few friends.

Contiki (contiki.

com) and Leap (theleap.co.uk) specialise in tours for Accept that you may be able to access internet in remote younger travellers, while Exodus (exodus.co.uk) and Explore (explore.co.uk) cater for an older market.

3 DON'T BE TOO AMBITIOUS THERE are so many places to visit in the world and there's no pressure to see them all at once.

Don't listen to country counters who brag about the number of borders they've crossed; it's far more rewarding to spend quality time in a destination.

4 BUY THE RIGHT BAG WHETHER you're planning to travel for two weeks or two months, your backpack will become your best friend for the duration.

Take time to purchase the right bag that isn't too heavy (around 50 or 60 litres is ideal) and which fits comfortably.

You should aim to have the weight distributed 70-80% on the hips and 20-30% on the shoulders. …

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