Planning a Gap Year!

For all you people who have decided to take a gap year – planning it may possibly be the hardest but most rewarding part of it. It’s ultimately going to lead you to places you’ve never been before, never experienced or explored; it’s definitely worth the effort and time.

Since I’m just beginning my gap year, I thought I’d make a post on how I’ve planned mine so far, and then I shall also make an updated blog post once I have ended my gap year, to give advise about my planning process and what went well/not so well.

My Gap Year Plan:

September – December 

A volunteering internship at WaterAid 

I have just started as an Internal Communications and Learning Volunteer, which so far, has been amazing. The people working there are so lovely, and it is so rewarding to work with those who can appreciate what I do. By that I mean current global issues, NGO work, charities, fundraising, global warming; the list just goes on. I am so excited to be working there.

December/January – May/June

Travel to Japan

This is where my adventure will really begin. I will be travelling to Japan for roughly 5 months and staying with family, working, volunteering, exploring, learning, and so much more.

June – September 

Volunteering with ICS

Although not completely confirmed yet, I will hopefully be volunteering abroad with ICS – a government-funded volunteering programme for those in the UK. I am excited as to where this adventure will take me!

September/October 

University!


I know this has made it seem simple, and for those of you perhaps comparing it to your own gap year, every gap year is wonderful in it’s own way! It’s not always going to be the same, but that is the point of a gap year – to explore the things that you’re excited and passionate about! For me, that thing is volunteering. Knowing that you’ve made a difference, even if it’s small, is the most rewarding experience for me. So that’s what I’m doing.

“Enjoy it. Because it’s happening.” – Chbosky

Croatia

A compilation of photographs and thoughts about Rovinj and Pula, Croatia.

Last month, we drove from London to Croatia. (Yes, it was long.) I hope this can give you a little insight into my travels!

Rovinj

After our arrival, we travelled to Rovinj, a small city on the west coast of the Istrian peninsula of Croatia. It sweetly imitated the narrow cobbled streets of Venice, alive with romance and beauty. There was an equilibrium between a lively, but quiet and tranquil atmosphere. It overflowed with nostalgia and history – if you are a hopeless romantic, this is the place for you.

Little stores and markets are dotted along each street, in particular perfumery shops, diffusing a sweet fragrance outside into the alleys. Having ventured far into the little streets and passages of the town, I found myself wondering what era I had stepped into. At the top of Rovinj, there was a church. A beautiful, grand building overlooking the whole town.

Below are a few photographs I took there. Enjoy!

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Pula

We also travelled south to Pula, yet another historic city in Istria. The main attraction was the Roman amphitheatre, a piece of architecture dating back hundreds of years. We were able to visit a little museum underneath the amphitheatre, which showcased preserved items including rows and stacks of pots.The town itself, like Rovinj, was accented with historic charm, reflecting with an era, which in London, seems to have been forgotten.

Here are a few photos…

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I hope that this blog post was somewhat interesting, and I will definitely try to incorporate more of my photography as it is a passion of mine! Thank you for reading ♥

Polaroids of the beautiful Croatian coast, the Roman architecture of Pula, and a lake in Switzerland (taken on the way back home).
Polaroids of the beautiful Croatian coast, the Roman architecture of Pula, and a lake in Switzerland (taken on the way back home).

“Not all those who wander are lost.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring