Ever heard of GAP year? That means taking a long period off whatever commitment you have, mainly school or maybe work. I know that most of you felt pressured by your friends when you see them already out there working, you felt that you should quickly get a job too and start earning your keep to pay off your study loans.
GAP year or GAP years?
There are numerous articles over the internet explaining why you should do a GAP year and how it benefits you. They usually explained how GAP year allow you to experience the world and how it enhances you as a person, making you a better person for the next phrase of your life. Those are true and no doubt you should do GAP year for that. Well I think that GAP year is about YOURSELF, not for whatever reasons stated those articles. Reach out deep within your inner self and discover that you really want in the next phrase of your life. I am talking about graduates that are going to enter the harsh working world. Because this is the stage in life where there are uncertainties going on.
Traveling alone may be a big issue to some people and most people don’t do it. Some people say that what if they get lonely when traveling. Some people say what if they don’t speak the language and get lost somewhere. People are all looking at the negatives of traveling alone. Here, I have 4 good reasons why traveling alone can be awesome.
1) Discover the REAL you and get out of you comfort zone
Back home in your daily life you will be meeting your friends when you go to school and work. You are in a familiar environment and you are comfortable with that. Traveling alone means you will step into a new dimension, where you will discover your true self. This can be intimidating at first. It can be how you make new friends on the streets of Rio de Janerio, or maybe sleeping in a 8 bed hostel somewhere in Thailand. Being out of the your own comfort zone, you will be able to realize what really interest you and what scares you.
2) You can go anywhere you want
Imagine the freedom of going anywhere you want as compared to asking a friend for opinion and end up being somewhere you do not want to be in that much. You do not want to put yourself in an awkward position when your friend comes along with you to your desired location. There are rare cases that actually turn the friendship sour because of a simple issue like that.
3) Meeting new people and getting to know the world
Meeting new people can be awesome and scary at the same time. Imagine you and your friend just joined an adventure tour to Peru. There are more chances that you will talking to your friend than the person opposite or beside you that you barely know. But if you are alone, you are going to talk to just anyone or everyone around the dining table. Nothing is better than hearing about the crazy travel experiences of others, and these stories tend to amaze you.
4) You will learn to be independent
A fresh graduate may be living under the shelters of his family and friends all his life. But when it comes to traveling alone, he got to do the job himself because if he does not do it, no one else is going to do it. This might be the first time he is going to wash his laundry himself, or his virgin brainstorm on how to budget his remaining travel funds. Traveling alone toughens up your character and learn to take hardship.
When it comes to Yosemite National Park located in the Sierra Nevada, California, everyone knows about the magnificent granite cliffs portrayed in photos and websites. Tourists come and go, pretty much they go to spots located in the valley itself. I have seen many tourist buses in and out of the valley, with numbers increasing significantly in summer.
The cables behind me leads to the top of the half dome.
I did the cables on half dome back few months back, I was lucky enough to obtain the lottery for the permit to climb the half dome. Even luckier because I went a week before the fire started at Yosemite National Park due to a hiker negligence. I started off from the Yosemite valley for this 15 mile long hike to the top of half dome, at 5 am in the cool summer morning.
1) Bring enough water and stay hydrated
We totally underestimated the intensity of the hike. We brought around 2 litres of water each and we were almost out when we reached the top of the half dome. That was really dangerous because the last thing you want is to suffer from dehydration halfway during the hike. We were lucky because we ran into an old couple with a water filtration system. It was a god sent! I would recommend you to bring 4 litres of water, depending on individuals consumption intake. Important rule of the thumb, you would want to replace your body fluids at a faster rate than losing.