Why should kids have all the fun? Whether you are an empty nester ready for adventure or a professional in need of a mid-career break, an adult gap year is your chance to live life to its fullest! Once you say “yes” to an adult gap year, EnRoute can help you get started.
Like younger travelers, adult gappers first have to set the parameters of their time out. How long would you like your gap year to be? Where would you like to travel? Will you be working remotely at your current job or living off a budget? These questions can seem daunting, but EnRoute has the knowledge and experience to connect you with countless affordable and interesting activities that can keep you busy for any amount of time. We can also help you budget and tackle the logistics that come with leaving your home for an extended period of time.
Q. Why take an adult Gap Year?
Reenergize, reprioritize and refocus. Taking a Gap Year later in life has countless benefits. A Gap Year can help you reenergize if you have recently retired or if you are feeling burnt out by your current job. It allows you to reprioritize after years of focusing on a career or your children. Getting out of your normal routine through traveling, volunteering or personal enrichment is invigorating. A Gap Year is an excellent opportunity to share and adventure with your spouse. You can learn new skills, rediscover your passions, and refocus as you embark on a new stage of life.
Q. How exactly can EnRoute help me?
EnRoute helps adventurous spirits who don’t know where to begin. First, we spend time getting to know you and what you want out of your Gap Year. Then, we help you create a customized itinerary based on your interests, skills and budget. This itinerary can include volunteer programs, independent travel itineraries, adventure travel, work-exchange programs, classes etc – all of which are vetted by us personally for quality and safety. We also offer advice and support in all aspects of travel preparation – from flights to trip insurance to packing lists.
Does it have to be a year?
Your Gap Year can be whatever length you choose. Gap time can be as little as three months or as long as several years!
Q. What types of activities can I do on my adult Gap Year?
Volunteering is the most popular activity for adult gappers. Adult volunteers have a myriad of skills that can be immensely useful to organizations at home and abroad. EnRoute can match your skill set to affordable volunteer projects across the globe. Traveling, teaching, enrichment courses and work-exchange programs are also popular options. Imagine taking a sculpture class in the heart of Florence or traveling the Mekong River by slowboat in Laos. Or maybe you’d like to try housesitting a Tuscan villa or working on an organic fruit orchard in New Zealand. The sky is the limit!
Q. Is an adult Gap Year affordable?
In short, yes. Everyone makes it work in different ways. Some people are able to keep working while traveling, which helps offset travel expenses. If you do not plan on working, then you have to set a budget and work within it. Offering your skills in the form of volunteering, work-exchange or teaching can be very cost effective. Whatever your budget, EnRoute can plan an itinerary full of high-quality experiences.
Q. Can you help me plan my travels with my spouse or children?
Yes! EnRoute is happy to help place couples and families into volunteer projects or help you plan off-the-beaten-path adventures.
Q. How do I get started?
Every potential client is entitled to a free introductory conversation before being asked to commit to paid services. This is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and discuss the possibilities that lie ahead. Contact us if you have any specific questions or, if you are ready to get started, fill out our online questionnaire and Julia will be in touch soon.