We’ve all heard of a gap year, but what is a micro gap? If like me you work Monday to Friday, 9 to 5, have the standard 28 days’ holiday (bank holidays included!) and enjoy travelling, then it’s more than likely you’ve been on a micro gap and didn’t even know it! I do plan on going on a yearlong adventure once I finish my Masters degree at the end of next year, but I have serious wanderlust and a strong desire to travel, therefore, micro gaps are the perfect thing for me! If you want to know more about micro gapping then read on…
What is a Micro Gap?
Everybody loves a holiday right, but when a holiday springs to mind I think of laying on a beach or by the pool in Spain, but micro gaps are more about discovering something new and taking a well-deserved break in your own country. Visit Britain’s campaign is targeted towards millennials like myself, who may not be able to afford to take time off to explore the world, either due to it being too expensive or because of limited annual leave.
Why Should you Take One?
As I said in my a weekend in Liverpool blog, if you can’t jump on a plane and jet off around the world, then why not explore your own country? The UK is an incredible place, full of culture and a variety of different getaways, from country escapes to city breaks, you will never tire of the travel possibilities in the UK. Travelling the world is an incredible thing, flying off to exotic destinations like Bali and Australia and picture-perfect countries such as Iceland and Italy, however, they all come with a hefty price tag from the flight, to the accommodation and picking up some foreign currency. However, exploring the UK comes at a far less cost, being able to do so via car, train or coach, meaning a micro gap is far more affordable (even though I plan on going to Bali, Australia, Iceland and Italy too!).
Where Should you go?
Depending on the type of break you desire will determine where you’ll want to head on a long weekend. Whether you want to take in the views and get a breath of fresh air, or head to a city surrounded by bright lights and busy crowds, the UK really does a mix of everything you could want!
Next week I’ll have a blog about all of the best places to visit in the UK, but for now my favourite UK destinations are:
Each one offering something different, from cute floral cafes in London to graffiti angel wings in Liverpool, picturesque views in Wales to mesmerising streets in Edinburgh, whatever kind of trip you fancy, a city not too far from your hometown will tick all those boxes!
I hope I’ve inspired you to take a micro gap this year, I’ll be heading off to explore Blackpool and Brighton during the summer, as well as taking a walking trip to Wales, countless day trips to London, a long weekend in Edinburgh and exploring Liverpool again! Where do you plan on spending some extra time in the UK this year? Let me know in the comments!