Every year, 8,000 American students take a gap year and for good reason.

It’s a great way to learn more about yourself and what you want to do with your life, so if you’re planning on taking a one-year break, we say go for it.

Of course, depending on when you’re planning to take it, you might have to stay in your home country, but that doesn’t mean it has to be any less memorable and exciting.

Don’t believe us?

Check our five awesome ideas for those taking a pandemic gap year, as well as those who want to wait a few years!

1. Gather More Work Experience

If you want to take a break from studying, but still want to work towards developing your career, trying to find an internship is your best option.

Many companies offer opportunities for students to get a taste of what the world of employment looks like and, although not all of these internships are paid, you’ll definitely develop new and valuable skills.

2. Learn a New Skill

Have you always wanted to learn how to speak Spanish? Or how to play the piano? Or perhaps how to play basketball?

No matter which talent or skill you’d like to get, having an entire year to dedicate to it is enough to become more than a beginner, and actually learn about in-depth.

The best thing is that with the endless amount of online courses available (some even for free), you can easily do this from home.

3. Invest More Time in Your Favorite Hobby

If you already have a hobby that you love and you want to take it to the next level by enrolling on a course, getting certified, or starting a side gig, your gap year is a great opportunity to do so.

Whether you choose to take an Online Yoga Teacher Training, open an online store with your jewelry creations, or take a baking course: exploring your passion during a whole year might even let you know if you want to turn your hobby into a career!

4. Volunteer

There are always organizations looking for new volunteers and if you want to dedicate your gap year to a cause you feel passionate about, we’re sure you won’t have a hard time finding the right place to do so.

There are even online volunteering opportunities that are perfectly pandemic-friendly.

5. Travel – Inside or Outside Of Your Country

If your gap isn’t happening any time soon, you can start thinking about all the countries you want to visit during your traveling adventure.

However, if it is happening soon, why not explore your own country? We’re sure there’s a lot of cities and towns you’ve never visited before, and there’s no better time to do it than now.

Ready to Enjoy Your Gap Year?

There’s a lot you can during your gap year and no matter which of our ideas you choose, we know you’ll have the most unforgettable twelve months of your life.

If you enjoyed reading this article, make sure to keep exploring our blog for more!