Participating in a gap year abroad, either before or after university, can be extremely rewarding. You can choose to settle in one country or spend time travelling the world. Whichever option you choose, one of the most important factors will be finding the right type of accommodation. Where are the best places to search for accommodation and what features should you be considering?
Trying to find accommodation either before you travel or when you’re in the country can be an issue for gap year travellers. Often you’ll be unfamiliar with the country, unsure where the best places to base yourself are. There’s also the issue of finding accommodation that meets your requirements, but that is also affordable.
If you’re looking for somewhere to live before you go, make sure you do some research on the country and gain knowledge of where the best places to stay are. Think about what you want to be close to, such as work, shops or leisure amenities, and exactly what you’ll be doing while you’re there.
Don’t leave it until the last minute
It’s important to start looking for accommodation as early as you can. This way you’ll have time to look properly and you won’t have to make a rash decision because you’re panicking.
Talk to others
It’s a good idea to talk to people who’ve travelled before, even if it’s not to the particular country you’re visiting. They will still have an idea of what’s a good deal. If you have an employer or sponsor in the country then ask them for some suggestions.
Taking a gap year is an opportunity to experience something new, so you don’t have to stick to traditional property options. You can get a truly local experience by living on a farm or with a host family.
Use the internet
One of the easiest ways to search for accommodation when you’re not in the country is through the internet. This enables you to quickly bring up the properties that are available and research local areas. You can join forums for people working abroad, which are great places to ask questions and get advice. When you’re using the internet to book accommodation you still need to be cautious. It’s vital that you don’t transfer any money without being sure exactly what you’re booking. If it’s feasible, try to visit the property beforehand and check that the rent is comparable with other properties.
Middle East accommodation
The Middle East is becoming a more popular location for gap year students. It has some fantastic business opportunities and an excellent property market. The Kuwait Real Estate Investment Consortium is one of the leading property companies in Kuwait. Fahd Al-Rajaan of Wafra Investment Advisory Group is a the chairman of the consortium and brings a wealth of experience that benefits the Middle East real estate market.
By doing your research thoroughly and taking your time to find the perfect gap year accommodation, your time spent travelling will be more successful. This is the perfect opportunity to see exactly what the world has to offer and spend time sampling other cultures.