In just under 60 days I will be a crying mess at Glasgow airport as I prepare to say bye to my family and friends and head off for to Australia for 6 months. Although I’m dreading the goodbyes (mostly dreading just the one – it will be my cat and it will be terrible) I’m excited. I decided to book my one way flight shortly before I graduated as I needed something to aim for during the hell that was writing my dissertation. I’ve always wanted to do a gap year of some sort and graduating uni gave me the perfect excuse to finally book my flight.
A gap year is officially defined as “A period, typically an academic year, taken by a student as a break between school and university or college education.”Although I’m not a student anymore (upsetting) and my gap year isn’t before going to university and it also is more of a “gap 6 months”, I’m determined to experience a lot when I’m away, and hopefully come back a little more mature. My mum will be the first to tell you that I rely on her, my sister and my cats WAY too much; whether it’s to proof read my dissertation 45 times (cheers Katie) or clean my room (thanks Mum…), they do a lot for me. So hopefully, living and working in Australia will force me to grow up a little bit and just generally be more self-reliant.
I chose Australia for my trip because it seems to have pretty varied job opportunities, a good climate and amazing beaches (plus Neighbours is a Baptie household staple) but I wondered, what would Materialites do if they could have 6 months to do whatever they wanted?
Claire B’s 6 months would set her up pretty nicely for life – “I would go back to Paris and spend 6 months trying to get a client there so that I could open Material Paris and live happily ever after.”
Anna would travel to South America and Japan if she could manage it, while Paul would spend his time snowboarding and experiencing new cultures, weather and people. In keeping with the travel theme, Ally would like to revisit a trip he did 8 years ago when he travelled for 4 months, going back to some of the places he visited then but also discovering new ones. He also added that “this is all pretending I don’t have a screaming two year old with me…”
Greg’s 6 months would be spent more work oriented – he said apart from spending time with his wife and family, he’d like to go into football coaching full time and focus on developing his team, adding that it would be great to walk into his club every day.
Katie would like to properly learn Spanish in her 6 months and then move to Barcelona to live the Spanish way of life. She also added “I’d like to rediscover reading books, because right now I’m watching so many TV shows that my concentration levels are not good enough for a book!”
Danni (who has pretty much travelled everywhere on the planet) has a specific plan for her 6 months – “this time it would be Azores, Indonesia, South Korea, Patagonia and Northern Brazil.” Seems doable.
Emma would (after winning the lottery) pick a “places you must see before you die list” and try to see as much as possible while Hayley managed to sum up my own 6 months goal by saying she would go round the world as much as she possibly could, take as many photos as she could, learn as much as she could and maybe even tick a few wonders of the world off her list.
All in all, I’d say these Material 6 months sound pretty immense, and I hope my own matches up!