Those thinking about taking a gap year alone have been reassured that such a trip could be very liberating and a great experience.

Gap year travellers wary of heading off without a companion have been urged to go for it, as the experience can be both liberating and rewarding.Writing for travel blog Bootsnall, Denise Esser said that by taking a trip alone, people can avoid the potential pitfalls of having to go along with someone else’s schedule and plans.

“Not only has solo traveling become much more common, but it is also incredibly rewarding with many benefits. You don’t need to consult anyone to do or see what you want to,” she encouraged.

For those who feel that a long time away alone may be a bit much, there are plenty of group tours and firms that offer solo travellers the chance to join others.

And if being away does become lonely, Miss Esser reminded gap year travellers that the internet and services such as Skype make it easy to stay in touch with loved ones back home.

One of the most popular countries to visit on a gap year continues to be Australia and with so many cheap flights to Australia available, now could be a great time to visit Ayers Rock, the Sydney Opera House and the famous Harbour Bridge.

Written by Anthony Nicholson.

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