Amar Hussain took a gap year after graduating business school to a bleak job market.
Seven years later, he’s still on it.
What began as a blog to document his solo travels is now Gap Year Escape, an expansive go-to travel guide that Hussain curates as the editor-in-chief.
Having visited all seven continents in those seven years, he continues to encourage adventure seekers to find their escape through gap years and extended travel.
INSIDER caught up with Hussain via email while he was in London preparing for a trip to Sri Lanka, where he shared just why gap years can be so transformative.
Hussain graduated from business school in the middle of the recession, so he decided to hold off on looking for a job and do some exploring.
He planned on going to South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and around the US, and started Gap Year Escape at the suggestion of a friend, in order to document his travels.
Now, Hussain gets invited on press trips and works with companies such as surf camps, hostels, and adventure sports companies.
'Through various trips I'd managed to go to six continents, and it seemed inevitable that I should visit the seventh,' he said.
'More often than not people do a round-the-world trip, much like the one I did on my first gap year,' he said. 'I thought it would be a bit different to do a 'down-the-world' trip instead.'
'It was a pretty big undertaking, but it was all worth it when I jumped off that zodiac and planted my boots on the shore of Antarctica, and saw the place teeming with penguins.'
'Taking a gap year gives you a much needed break from education and allows you to re-charge and re-focus, giving you a better and more rounded perspective on what you want to do,' he said.
'Heading to university can also be an overwhelming experience for some, but a gap year will give you plenty of opportunity to push your comfort zones, making university life, if anything, seem easier to adapt to.'
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