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    Cape Point, South Africa

    Whenever someone mentions anything about gap years, most people would instantly think about college students who defer an academic year in order to travel the world. However, taking a gap year might not be a bad idea for professionals either, nowadays. You don’t have a job, or you hate your job? Spend a few months, or even a year traveling – it’s much less irresponsible than it sounds.

    Traveling for longer periods of time means that you can work while visiting new places, and it also gives you the chance to pick up some useful skills that will come handy when you return home. If you think that it’s time for something completely different, here are top 5 gap year destinations.

    Albania

    If your plans don’t include a job abroad, then consider visiting Albania for an extended holiday. There’s no better place for stretching a tight budget than Albania, where a little money can take you a long way. That’s not to say that Albania is freebie heaven, but compared to other equally beautiful European countries, Albania is much more budget friendly. You can find everything here, from mountains to cultural hotspots and lovely beaches.

    New Zealand

    New Zealand

    It’s no secret that New Zealand is stunningly beautiful, but the fact that it’s pretty cheap might not be common knowledge. New Zealand might be a bit out of the way for everyone not living in Australia or nearby, but once you get to New Zealand it’s possible to earn your keep, so to say. Short term work permits are easy to get in New Zealand, so you don’t have to drain your savings account.

    South Africa

    For a really crazy and original gap year, you can try to work as a game keeper in South Africa. As improbably as this sounds, it is a doable plan. In Cape Town you can take a game ranger course, which can give you the opportunity to work on wildlife conservation reserves. Enkosini Eco Experience offers volunteer placements in South African conservation initiatives.

    Brazil

    Rio de Janeiro

    If you are a native English speaker or if you have a degree in teaching English as a foreign language, you can try getting a job at a language school in Brazil.

    Volunteer English teachers are quite sought after in Brazil, and there are plenty of programmes that offer free accommodation and meals in exchange for your services.

    Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka’s tropical perfection is an irresistible tourist magnet, and luckily there are lots of ways to spend a year in this amazing country without falling into debts. Volunteering opportunities abound in Sri Lanka, from teaching English in Buddhist temples to wildlife conservation and social work.

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