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Tips on Choosing the Best GAP Year Program for 2016

Are you wondering how you are going to spend your GAP Year in 2016? Well, there are numerous ways in which you can have the best experience in various counties across Asia. For many people, making the decision on what to do, where to go and even how to afford your GAP Year can be a bit overwhelming. These programs are generally quite fulfilling for participants and they also contribute towards a positive impact in the world and for the individuals involved in the programs. However, a gap year may also not be a great fit for some students and their families. Here are some useful tips on how you can choose the best option that will be right for you:-

What do you want from your Gap Year?

This is one of the things that you should answer before you even begin prospecting for opportunities. This program has been created to offer students the opportunity to get some real world experience outside their classrooms in ways that will help lead fulfilling and more meaningful lives. They are primers that help students arrive at their colleges feeling more enthusiastic and also more confident to tackle some of the issues that matter to them the most. Going onto these programs before heading to college feels gives students an edge that will enable them to take full advantage of their college opportunities and also make sure that their college years really pay off.

There are various programs that you can get yourself into such as volunteering in India or taking advantage of Bali travel deals to travel to and explore Bali. To pick the best program, you have to clearly map out both your needs and interests. It is also important to discuss your Gap plans with members of your family as well as career counselor. Check out Involvement Volunteers International

Here are some important questions that you can ask yourself when you are planning to for a Gap Year program:

·         How do you want to learn and grow so that you can arrive at college ready for the challenge?

·         What kind of support as well as experiences do you think will help you achieve this goal? Do you feel you need some “real world” experience, inspiration, confidence in your academic abilities or a combination of all of these?

·         How do you want to learn primarily?

·         What type of support systems will you need in your daily life to stay challenged, focused and healthy?

Find Great Options for GAP Year

There are various established programs that you can choose run by very reputable organizations which guarantee you a top-notch quality experience. One of the best options is Involvement Volunteers International or IVI. You can check out it at where you can find great options including volunteer India programs.

Choose the Right Program

This is final step that you need to pass through and you will be on your way to an exciting Gap Year. Choose a program that offers good quality and enforces strict  standards for quality and safety for participants. Do extra research and read reviews in order to ensure you are making the right choice.

A Simple Guide to Mekong River Cruises

Stretching over 2700 miles, the Mekong River is a major landmark in South East Asia. It has shaped the history, geography and culture of the people living alongside its banks for generations. The River Straddles several countries. There is the Upper Mekong rising from the Tsinghai Province in China and flowing east through Tibet and the Yunnan province in China.  Then there is the Lower Mekong River which separates Myanmar and Laos and Laos and Thailand. Laotian capital, Vientiane and Cambodian capital Phnom Penh both lie on the banks of the Mekong River.  The River then drains into the South China Sea which is situated South of Vietnam’s capital Ho Chi Minh City. Mekong River cruises which take travelers to varied destinations in the South East Asian countries through which the Mekong passes is now a popular tourist attraction particular if you have a keen interest in the people’s, cultures as well as the sights and sounds of this region.

mekong river cruises

mekong river cruises

Tourists planning to come for the Mekong River Cruises can generally choose from varied itineraries as well as the choice of the style and type of ship that they wish to cruise in. There are river cruises from Siem Reap which is situated in the northwest part of Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City. You could also cruise Saigon to Siem Reap or Siem Reap to Phnom Penh depending on your desired experiences. This is a very scenic route that is also full of some great cities, scenic rural communities and floating villages which are a characteristic of this part of the world.  You will also see lots of floating markets and endless fields of rice paddies, temples and pagodas. It is quite an exhilarating experience.

One of the main highlights of the Mekong River  cruises is visiting the Angkor Wat situated in the northwestern part of Cambodia. This is the most popular attraction in Cambodia and refers to a series of 12th century stone structures which are quite ornate.  They characters look like elongated beehives and are situated near a jungle in Siem Reap. It is a temple complex that is quite a wonder. You could visit it as many as ten times and still marvel at the wonder.

Cruise Lines on the Mekong

There are lots of cruise lines that you can take when you are planning to explore this part of the world. A lot of the ships cruising Siem Reap and Saigon are relatively new and have been tastefully designed. They recreate the era of colonial luxury when the French ruled this part of the world. There are river steamers that can accommodate as few as 20 people or as many as a hundred.

The cabins in river ships when you are planning to cruise Vietnam Cambodia routes are both comfortable and quite practical.  In the recent times, there have been additions of more exclusive luxurious steamships catering for the luxury travelers. The Mekong River cruise company will generally organize several details of the itinerary including entry visas. Tickets generally include the entrance fees for the various countries in which you will pass through during your Mekong cruises. Also included in the price are the English language guides, soft drinks, at least three daily meals, tea and even mineral water.

It is important to note that the Mekong River cruises will take several days. There are three-day cruises and even seven-day cruises that begin from Siem Reap all the way to the Ho Chi Minh City.The journey is always filled with lots of adventures and in some places, the river flow can be variable. For additional information or reservations on Mekong river cruises, check out