If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing the world in an unusual way, then Anje’s story will inspire you. This grown up gapper spent five months cycling through four countries. What an incredible experience!
1. Why did you decide to take your grown up gap year/trip? Was it a difficult decision to make?
The first gap year/trip I took was after working in South Korea – I had a plan to work there for three years and at the end of my final contract it was time to go. I decided to do a trip before going back to South Africa. It was not a difficult decision at all; I am addicted to travelling and probably take too many trips… if “too much” is even possible! Actually, my time in South Korea was a three-year long gap year, I think I did more travelling than working!
2. What were other people’s reactions when you told them your plans?
People thought I was mad because I took my trip by bicycle and went cycle touring in Indonesia, but a lot of people were inspired and it was sad to hear that so many said “I’ve always wanted to do something like that”.
3. How long did your trip take and where did you go?
It was a five-month trip and I travelled in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa.
4. How did you finance your grown up gap year?
I saved money while working in Korea for my trip, I probably could have saved more if I didn’t spent so much travelling in Asia during those three years!
5. Did you go alone or with family/friends?
Alone and I loved it!
6. What is your travel style? (Ie. Budget hostels/Mid-range hotels/Luxury travel – less is more, travelling slowly/pack in as much as possible)
I travel by bicycle and eat, sleep and do everything as cheap as possible. Local all the way!
7. Do you go for tours or do it alone?
I prefer to visit places alone or with friends I make along the way, not with organized tours.
8. What is the best thing about taking a grown up gap year?
I learned that I am a lot stronger than I thought. Touring by bicycle opened my eyes to a whole new world.
9. And were there any downsides?
The only downside was the end of the trip. I still don’t know why I came back!
10. What advice would you give to anyone thinking of setting off on their own grown up gap year?
Just do it! Don’t be one of those people saying “I wish I did something like that”. There is no time like the present! Your life, another job and whatever else will still be there when you get back!