While having a high-level plan of the areas that you plan to visit is helpful, to get the most out of your gap year traveling, try to stay as flexible as possible.
Book critical things like flights and other expensive options that could sell-out in advance, but keep your options open in terms of lodging. Locals and other people you meet along the way will offer up experiences that you would have never thought of, and it’s often these recommendations that will lead to a unique and memorable gap year experience.
Contributor: Brian and Alyssa (Who are two American travel bloggers currently taking a sabbatical to travel the world for a year). Follow their travel blog at balivin.com