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Alex Constandinou tells us about his working holiday adventure in Australia. It’s no ordinary gap year – he’s captured his trip in a way only a millennial knows how. Read his story below then watch the inspirational video. And if you haven’t already gotten your free subscription to NomadHead Gap Year Travel Magazine – come on! – get it here now. It’s bursting with gap year goodness. Check out what’s featured in the fresh new issue 12 of NomadHead magazine here.
When I was 23 years old, I quit my job and left Canada for a soul-searching voyage to the other side of the world. As I explored Australia, the Philippines and other neighbouring countries, I captured selfies everywhere I went. The resulting compilation shows the extent of my travels throughout 2014, proving to anyone who wasn’t already convinced that a working holiday can leave you with treasured memories for life.
I remember the moment when I decided to plan for this gap year. I went to a book store, and I pulled out a book written by the monk who sold his Ferrari Robin Sharma. I read a line that said something along the lines of…
That’s when I pictured myself quitting my job, packing my bags, and moving to Australia for a year abroad.
In addition, on my spare time I’ve researched how different cultures have a coming of age ritual, where a boy becomes a man through enduring some type of tribal right of passage. This made me think how our culture doesn’t have one, and how that is impacting me as a young adult. I’m trying to make the transition from boy to man, but there is no ritual, no way of knowing if I made it across. So I thought that leaving home for one year, and having to make it out on my own for a whole year would be that test. That would be my coming of age ritual that I made for myself.
A lot of people have asked me if I think I am wasting a year abroad.
I tell them Hell No.
It isn’t a race from school to your first job to a career. Taking that year off is a break for personal development. It is your turn to be selfish, and have one year to figure things out. You will have many other years ahead to race up the corporate ladder, so what’s the hurry?
Did Alex’s video inspire you? Leave a comment below and tell us where your dream gap year holiday is. If you’re already a gappie, tell us where you travelled to and whether it was the greatest experience of your life (we’ve got a funny feeling it might have been!).
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