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Recommended Gap Year Reads by Julia Levine Rogers

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Recommended Gap Year Reads
by Julia Levine Rogers of EnRoute Gap Year Consulting

For hundreds of years, tales have been spun about the adventures of travelers in distant lands. Memoirs of these travels serve to inform – and inspire- its readers. The following list compiles travelogues written in the 20th century by authors as famous as Che Guevara to former American Dad writer Steve Hely. They range from serious to hilarious, but they all describe challenging yourself in a foreign location. Even if that location is our own Appalachian Trail! These books just may help you decide where to set your own gap year memoir…

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Gap Year Resources for Educational Counselors

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I recently discovered a gap year planning resource that I recommend bookmarking if you are an educational counselor, parent, or student planning a gap year or anyone with an interest in learning more about gap years.

Gap Year Nutritional Facts by Ethan Knight, Executive Director at Carpe Diem Education in Portland Oregon is a compilation of videos, information, and presentations for Educational Counselors and those who are looking for more information about Gap Years.

25 Days of Gap Year Inspiration on Twitter

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25 Days of Gap Year Inspiration on Twitter

In the spirit of the holidays, Julia Rogers, head of the gap year advising firm EnRoute Consulting, is running a twitter event listing a new gap year idea every day until Christmas. For most college seniors, the college applications are in and students can finally start daydreaming about whether to take a gap year and how they could spend their time. Rogers hopes to get potential gap year students' wheels turning and highlight interesting projects, programs and activities. Each day will offer a new idea with links and mentions to provide more reading and information.

Follow @enroutegapyear to join in the fun!

An Affordable Gap Year, Part 2

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Julia Levine of EnRoute Consulting discusses affordable, varied and very exciting Gap Year Options. If you need assistance planning a gap year, or just have general questions on affordable options, contact Julia directly at EnRoute Consulting

An Affordable Gap Year, Part 2

In my last installment, I discussed affordable gap year options. In this article, I’ll go over a few tips to help those who are paying for their own gap year.

Gap Year Counseling Webinar


Want to learn more about planning a gap year? Enroute Gap Year Consulting is hosting on-line webinars this week for parents and students. See details below:

For Parents:
A Guide to the Gap: What Parents Need to Know About Gap Years

Wednesday, May 4th 8pm EST
This webinar will address the common questions and concerns parents have about allowing their child to take a gap year. College deferment, budgeting and types of gap-year programs will also be discussed.
Email with "Parent" in the subject line to sign up.

For Students:
Time-Out: Is a Gap Year Right for Me?
Wednesday, May 11th 8pm EST

Admissions Directors and College Planners Support Gap Year

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Please read 'Gap Year', A Fulfilling Time for High School Graduates published in the Denver Post early this month by Kevin Simpson. Good news, Planet Gap Year is listed as a planning resource in the article! More good news.. 2 admissions directors as well as a college planning consultant based in Denver were interviewed in this article, and explain why they support students taking a gap year between high school and starting college.

Updated Gap Year Book Recommendations


We recommend the following books as good resources for planning your gap year:

You can also scroll down the page to click on links to order the books at

  1. The Complete Guide to the Gap Year. The Best Things to Do Between High School and College by Kristin M. White.
  2. Your Gap Year: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Year Out the Adventure of a Lifetime by Susan Griffith.
  3. Lonely Planet The Gap Year Book by Joe Bindloss
  4. The Gap Year Advantage: Helping Your Child Benefit from Time Off Before or During College by Karl Haiger and Rae Nelson.
  5. Taking Time Off, 2nd Edition (College Admissions Guides) by Colin Hall.
  6. Before You Go: The Ultimate Guide to Planning your Gap Year by Tom Griffiths.

Why I'm Not In College

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Why I'm Not In College

by Christopher Frederick

Going directly to college? I've got a better idea.

Take a gap year.

I'm taking a gap year as you read this sentence. So what do I do? I rent a room in Ithaca, New York. I take Brazilian guitar lessons twice a week. I play samba music at Cornell University every Thursday. I volunteer for Prisoner Express, a journal of writing by prison inmates. I cook my own food. I'm traveling to South America for four months to learn Spanish.

And I pay for everything myself.

"The Complete Guide to the Gap Year: The Best Things to Do Between High School and College by Kristin White"

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Please read author Kristin White's blog post below outlining her new gap year planning book, and then follow link at bottom of blog to her site.

I am the author of a new book called “The Complete Guide to the Gap Year: The Best Things to Do Between High School and College.” As an educational consultant, I work with students who are applying to colleges and private schools and other educational options, but I found that helping students craft an exciting gap year program was my favorite part of the job. I ended up writing this book because there are so few good books out on the gap year. There are some that are focused on British students, on backpackers and travelers, or for parents, but there really wasn’t a comprehensive directory of structured programs, or a book that included chapters about the college admissions implications of the gap year. I spent a year researching and writing the book and I found a few facts which might be new or interesting information for you.

As College Funding Sources Decline, Gap Year Options More Attractive

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The New York Times Business section recently published Delaying College for a Year Could Have Benefits, an article by Jonathan Glater which argues that NOW is an ideal time to take a year out, because college funds are scarce. Read the article, then return to our Gap Year Options database to find specifics on a range of volunteer service,volunteer travel, study abroad, internships, and more!