Going Global

How often do you watch the news or read the newspaper? Probably not very often. But, it’s important to know what is going on outside of your own little bubble. Across the state, nation and world, crazy, exciting and scary things happen every day. Be aware of what is going on around the globe.

5 Alternative Days Out In The City For Young Adults


Meeting up with some old school/uni buddies in the city and need something to do? Cities are full of opportunities for days out. Sightseeing and window shopping are always options – but why not make it a unique experience for everyone by venturing a little off the beaten path? Here are five alternative days out sure to leave a lasting impression.

Escape room

Escape rooms are a fairly new phenomenon. You and a team of people must escape from a room by solving various puzzles, whilst having to do it all within a time limit. They’re a great of rebuilding bonds between old friends by testing teamwork. The first escape room was established in 2006 in Japan, but thousands have since sprung up all over the world.

Go-karting

For those sporty and competitive types, go-karting offers the perfect opportunity and is a popular activity for birthday parties. Indoor go-karting tracks are becoming increasingly more common, companies often converting warehouses. You can race with strangers, or make it a private event for you and your mates if there’s a large group of you. Make sure you book ahead though – some tracks will book up fast.

Live music

Cities are great places to see big bands and famous artists – there will always be someone on tour whilst you’re there. If you and your friends are music fans, why not try meeting up for a gig or concert? For big names you’ll need to book ahead, but for many smaller bands and cosier venues you may able to get last minute tickets. There are many places online for concert tickets of all kinds.

Vintage shopping

Take a break from the big high street brands and give the vintage stores a go. Not only do they have more character, you may find yourself a great deal. Many cities now have known areas for vintage shops. Markets can also be great places to look, and fantastic places to try out street food and absorb the cosmopolitan culture of the city.

Ghost Tour

Cities are full of history, which also makes them hotspots for hauntings. Rather than taking the usual historical tour or visiting the museums, why not learn about the city’s past through its supernatural sightings on a specialised ghost tour. Almost all cities now have organised tours – either by foot or onboard a bus. Some of these are only available on set dates and can book up fast – especially around Halloween – so make sure you grab your tickets in advance.

iMax Theatre

You can go for a cinema trip anywhere. If you’re a filmaholic why not try out your local iMax theatre and get to see what a real big screen look like. Some iMax theatres will show specialist 3D films you can’t find in your average cinema, alongside the big blockbusters. This can be a great trip for a rainy day.



Gap Year Trip Ideas: Why Not Try Africa?


If you want to take a trip in the year between finishing school and going to university, then it’s a good idea to pick something where you can give something back to the world. A lot of us come from privileged backgrounds, so it’s important to take a look around yourself and consider what exactly it is that you want out of this life, and what it is that you want to achieve. Africa is an incredible continent, full of beautiful places, interesting customs and friendly people. Unfortunately, there’s also a lot of poverty there. It’s important that you steer away from ‘poverty tourism’ – still, it’s possible to do some good as well as create some incredible experiences for yourself.

Use Your Skills

If you have certain skills that you can pass onto others, then you can find a project that works for you. If you’re good with computers, then why not sign up to teach an IT class? IT can improve the lives of people by enabling them to have the ability to apply for jobs and to have marketable skills that will help them in their job hunt. If you want to volunteer in Ghana, you could also teach English and be a positive role model for the kids, or volunteer to teach sports education if you fancy yourself a keen footballer or netball player. Introducing new sports to children will help them to understand the importance of teamwork and also of play in their everyday lives. If you’d like to study medicine or nursing, you could also work at a busy hospital supporting the healthcare teams there.

Work With Children

If you’ve always enjoyed working with children, then a volunteer placement with them would be just the thing for you. You could work in an orphanage, where you’ll take care of small children and enrich their lives by providing interaction and warmth. You should make sure that you keep your distance to some extent – these children will have already had to deal with a lot of upheaval in their lives and with adults that don’t end up being around for them, so try to focus on the educational aspect of working with kids rather than being a substitute parent for them.

Help With Conservation

If you want to do a zoology degree or you’d like to be a vet, or even if you’ve just always been interested in nature documentaries on TV and you’d like to help protect the natural world, then Africa is a great place to visit to help out with conservation projects. You could do marine conservation in South Africa and help to save some turtles and monitor whales and dolphins, or you could work with conservation of big cats like leopards and cheetahs in Namibia. If you love the gentle lumbering grace of elephants then you could sign up to study them in Botswana, or you could work with injured lions in Zimbabwe. No matter which you choose, you’ll go back home with a better understanding of animals and the drive to help research and protect wildlife.

 



Broaden Your Mind By Visiting Some Of The Most Cultured Cities In The World


romeTraveling can be a great way to learn more about yourself and the world you live in. Taking a gap year can be a fantastic chance to see some sights most people only dream of in their lifetimes. The world is a big place, though, and it can be hard knowing where to head on your trip. Today we’re going to take a look at some of the most cultured destinations out there. These locations are sure to give you experiences you’ll never forget. Even seeing just a few of these sights is well worth the time!

BARCELONA, SPAIN

Barcelona was home to Picasso during his younger years. As you can imagine, it’s a city well worth visiting. This city is a center of art and architecture unlike any you will have seen. It’s also home to some fantastic music venues. No visit to Barcelona would be complete without a visit to La Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi. This unfinished, overwhelming cathedral is Barcelona’s top attraction. The cathedral, still held up in part by cranes, towers over the rest of the city and dominates the Barcelona skyline. There is also a Picasso museum that’s worth a visit. Barcelona was the first place Picasso exhibited. He claimed the city helped him find himself as an artist. It’s no wonder that such an amazing city would inspire beautiful art! Are you after the musical aspect of barcelona? Visit Gran Teatre del Liceu to get an idea of a traditional concert hall.

ROME, ITALY

Rome is a city dripping with history, and is quite rightly one of the most popular holiday locations in the world. A trip here is essential, but prepare to fight the crowds! It’s worth heading to Rome in the less popular seasons. That way, you get to see everything you want without having to fight through masses. The must-see sights in Rome are endless. Make sure to see The Colosseum, The Sistine Chapel, and The Pantheon. Take some time, too to visit the Vatican! It’s also worth making time for a visit to the amazing spectacle of Pompeii. It may be a little further afield, but it’s well worth the day trip. An eruption of Mt Vesuvius destroyed the town of Pompeii. This perfectly preserved and deserted destination is a chilling but life changing sight.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY

It may surprise you to see Istanbul on this list, but this is one place you don’t want to miss! Visit Basilica Cistern to get some idea of how waterways worked in historical Istanbul. Topkapi Palace is also well worth a visit. This magnificent palace has been home to generations of sultans. While you’re in Istanbul, don’t miss out on a visit to Hagia Sophia. This museum will expand your mind! Not to mention that you should take the time to visit the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. This mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, will allow you an insight into a different lifestyle. It’s a sight you won’t forget in a hurry.



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