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Are you thinking about stepping outside the classroom for a few months, or even for a year, so that you’re really ready to hit the books when you go back? Perhaps you're delaying your desire for adventure or have been reluctant to take a gap year because it is not as common as heading straight to college. Why delay? Remember that seeing the world, meeting new people and experiencing new cultures can be some of the most life-changing experiences of your life.

If you never jump in and go anywhere new, you may have a very limited view of the world. Who wants that?

Not everyone can travel the globe, but just going new places and meeting new people—even if it is only a day's drive away—can be eye opening and quite rewarding. So ask yourself…. are you ready to take the leap?