Have you ever found yourself sitting in a lecture wondering if you’re actually learning something valuable? The classes, the workload and the dorm life can get dull. If you’re looking for a different experience, one that will keep you learning and growing outside of a classroom, consider a gap year! What better way to learn about culture, history, language and even independence than by traveling for a year? Here is a list of top gap year destinations to consider for your next adventure.
Rome. There is virtually no one who hasn’t heard of the glory of the Roman Empire, a civilization that conquered a vast stretch of land from Europe to North Africa. The only thing that’s as fierce as their thirst for expansion was their love for entertainment, and nearly everywhere they conquered you will find grand scale amphitheatres built to entertain the citizens of Rome that settled there. In most cases, these circular structures are the tallest and most grandeur building in the city. The enclosed, usually oval, area in the middle is called arena, the word derived from the Latin word harena, a type of fine sand they put on the ground to soak up the blood from gladiator fights on the arena floor.
1. Rio de Janeiro
Rio has certainly been a popular destination recently. This past year, Rio de Janeiro hosted the 2013 World Youth Day and this upcoming summer they will be hosting many FIFA World Cup games, including the final! In 2016, this destination will also be the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics. But the excitement doesn’t end there, with beautiful landscape, laidback beach culture, and of course, Carnival, Rio de Janeiro has landed itself as our number one destination for 2014! Experience a guided adventure through Rio de Janeiro with our tours! (more…)