Gap years are almost a rite of passage these days but they do need careful thought and planning. With so much to sort out, how do you know where to start? This step-by-step guide takes you through the whole process - from planning your trip and funding your travel to organising volunteering programmes and sightseeing. No stone is left unturned as there are even sections highlighting what you should pack and how you can settle back down at home when you return. It is likely that parents and family members will worry about you when you are away. There are chapters dedicated to your health and safety so you can look after your wellbeing when you're off travelling - useful for you and reassuring for those you leave behind. Small enough to fit in your backpack but big on information, this guide will arm you with the essential information needed to enjoy a fun-packed adventure safely and on a budget!