Graduating college is the end of an exciting phase in your life and the beginning of a new one, which leaves you wondering what on earth to do next?! There’s ton of options for post-graduates such as joining the workforce, going back to school, or taking a gap year to travel after college graduation.
As a recent college graduate (it’s almost been a year, but whose counting..), I finally decided in January not to get a full time job and make money by freelancing and doing odd jobs so I can travel and create content before potentially going back to school for digital media.
In my opinion, taking a gap year whether it be after high school or college is necessary, because it allows you to figure out what you want to do with your life without wasting too much time or money by constantly changing your mind.
In addition, a gap year allows your mind and body to take a break from the stress of 12+ years of school and prevent you from getting burnt out too early in life.
A lot of people have been asking me how the hell I skipped the 9 to 5 and afford to travel, so I’m sharing my tips with 5 ways to travel after college graduation.
1. Travel with a friend to split costs
If money is your issue (let’s face it as a college graduate, whose isn’t?!) then travel with a friend to split costs with and take turns paying for meals every now and then. Traveling with another person is not only sweet on your pocket, but it gives you someone to enjoy to experience with.
Airbnb even makes it easy to share costs with people with the split cost feature that’s only enabled if you book at least 10 days before your trip. The reservation isn’t fully booked until everyone has paid their share so it’s an easy way to keep people liable. Use my link for $40 off your first Airbnb when you sign up!
2. Live at your parent’s home
Living back at home cuts one of your biggest fixed expenses which is rent and although living at home might not be glamorous, it would be a shame to be paying $500+ for rent and not even live in the space half of the time.
Before I graduated I imagined moving to my dream city, San Francisco, and somehow making make enough to cover rent and still live comfortably. The truth is if I had moved to San Francisco, I definitely wouldn’t have been able to afford living there and travel after college graduation.
3. Have passive income
Today, having passive income is necessary if you want to live a lavish lifestyle. Having at least one stream of passive income is a smart idea for anyone who wants to travel more, because it allows you to keep making money while you’re seeing the world.
With consistent passive income you shouldn’t have to worry about running out of funds while you’re on your trip and you have the option to book future travels and be flexible with your budget. I resell clothing on my Depop which is easy because I can post as many items as I want and just forget about it.
4. Work abroad or volunteer
One of the best ways to travel is to get a job or volunteer overseas, because you get to live among the locals and travel to surrounding countries for cheap. There’s a ton of different programs and agencies that offer different projects depending on type of interest and term.
Living abroad gives you a new perspective which could truly help you discover what makes you happy and what you want to do with your life. Personally I’ve never done either but I have friends who have and they have all said it’s such a rewarding experience.
5. Be able to work remotely
The biggest issue with traveling is trying to get time off of work, so it’s best to be able to do your job from anywhere in the world. In today’s digital age there’s a huge online market of jobs that only require a laptop such as being a transcriber, amazon seller, and social media manager.
If you’re employed you can check with your employer to see if they have the option to work from home or apply for jobs that have remote job positions available. Here’s a list of 100 companies with remote jobs! Watch out for scams and remember if it’s too good to be true it most likely is.
Use my tips to guide you in your path from transitioning into adulthood and creating your dream life of traveling the world. I still wonder how I am able to avoid getting a real job and still make an income, but it’s all about setting goals and creating a plan to help you achieve them. What are your plans for after college? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create, and grow!