Extreme Gap

Taking some time off from real life is a great option for thrill seekers. Planet Earth is packed with adrenaline-pumping activities that’ll satisfy your need for excitement, speed and height, and let you take in some of the most incredible mind-blowing sights at the same time!

Action-packed gap years are becoming hugely popular, as young people seek to get more than a few nice photos out of their time off from real life. This is all about once-in-a-lifetime experiences, pushing boundaries and living life on the edge! All within the realms of safety, of course. Whether it’s a full year, a couple of months or a few weeks, there are so many out-of-the-ordinary options to choose from.

PLAN AN ADVENTURE

Xtremegapyear.co.uk is a one-stop shop for thrill-seeking travellers. This gap year provider offers a range of different trips incorporating adrenaline-pumping activities that’ll take you a million miles away from your usual life in Scotland. You could be off to Koh Tao, one of Thailand’s most beautiful islands, for up to four weeks of Muay Thai training, rock climbing, abseiling, speed boating, free diving and off-road jungle adventures.

Ticket to Ride (www.ttride.co.uk) offers fantastic travel options for aspiring sufers. The two-week surf camp in Mozambique is a great choice – you can even partake in a spot of surf yoga and whale shark diving! If you’re already familiar with a board, you can train as an instructor with the company too. It’s not just about riding the waves though – snowsport enthusiasts can get in on the action too. How about 31 weeks in South Africa splitting your time between surf school and the slopes? Pretty awesome!

SEE IT ALL

One of the biggest adventures you’ll ever have could come from packing a bag and seeing where the wind takes you. Inter-railing is a fantastic way of seeing everything Europe has to offer. An inter-railing pass lets you hop on trains to zoom around Europe, giving you total freedom to see what you want, when you want. A global pass with let you travel through 30 countries from as little as £152 – cheaper than a plane ticket to that beach resort! Find out more at www.interrail.eu.

While this carefree life of extreme activities and waking up in a different city every day seems like a dream, always keep safety in mind. Book with reputable companies, read reviews online and don’t do anything which looks even remotely dodgy. Keep your valuables locked away in hotels and hostels, get recommendations before you book that bungee jump and never do a Bridget Jones and volunteer to take a strange package home for a stranger!

If you want to push yourself to the limit, it’s time to pack your backpack, throw caution to the wind and set sail for the gap year of a lifetime…

Source, Spring 2013

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