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Poll: If you could afford a gap year, you'd...
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "If you could afford a gap year, you'd...".

This poll was originally submitted by Manuel Martín-Iguacel

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Nina Khmielnitzky  Identity Verified
Canada
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I'd like to spend a year in Russia Dec 7, 2007

To relearn my mother tongue

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Andres & Leticia Enjuto  Identity Verified
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Definitely Dec 7, 2007

Definitely, I'd travel around the world. IMO, travelling enriches your live and opens your mind.

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. (Miriam Beard)

Love

Letty


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Ivana de Sousa Santos  Identity Verified
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If I could afford a gap year Dec 7, 2007

I'd continue working.

Surely, I was tempted to answer "travel around the world", but thinking realistically, how would I live one year after, so I'd have to keep on working (probably not taking on so much work, and taking time for my hobbies and to travel at least twice that year...).


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Aline Canino  Identity Verified
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Travel Dec 7, 2007

I think I would take the time to visit and discover other countries, cultures, habits... I would also take more time for my hobbies which is something I usually can't afford because there is only 24H a day!

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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
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Continue working, but without the pressure. Dec 7, 2007

I chose "continue working" because:
a) I wouldn't want to lose clients.
b) I'm still building my CV--another book or two would round it off nicely.
c) I love to translate!

I would, though, quit teaching for that year. I enjoy teaching translation, but it ties me down. In my gap year, I would translate only what I want to translate, and travel in between.

On the other hand, I'd love to use that year to study, beginning with French, and maybe some literature courses.

May I have 2 gap years, please?


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Catherine Shepherd  Identity Verified
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Definitely travel Dec 7, 2007

We're talking about IF we could afford it, so I'm assuming it's an ideal world, as in, we wouldn't lose any clients and we would still have enough money to survive a few months when we got back until we earned enough money again to pay for rent and food!

If this was the case, I'd definitely travel around the world. Actually, money is the only reason I don't travel more...


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Alexander Kondorsky  Identity Verified
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Other Dec 7, 2007

I would combine occupations listed in all variants of answers in this poll, in a word, I would live this year for myself and my belowed ones!

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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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Decisions, decisions Dec 7, 2007

This poll was like having a platter of delicacies placed before you and then being told to choose just one

How about 5 or 6 gap years to try all of them?


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Andres & Leticia Enjuto  Identity Verified
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IDEAL Dec 7, 2007

John Cutler wrote:

This poll was like having a platter of delicacies placed before you and then being told to choose just one

How about 5 or 6 gap years to try all of them?



Well, THAT would be ideal

Letty


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Csaba Ban  Identity Verified
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I've done it :) Dec 7, 2007

I had a beautiful gap year back in 99/00, when I travelled for a full year around Asia, under the guise of a "honeymoon". I would do it again any time (but now, with two toddlers in tow, we'd wouldn't be able to "rough it" as we did back then...)

cs.


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Leena vom Hofe  Identity Verified
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take a whole "baby year" Dec 7, 2007

Hi there

I'd take one year only for my baby which will be born in april! This would be really great!


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Russell Jones  Identity Verified
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I did it Dec 7, 2007

Took a gap year (or four) to learn a new career - Translation.

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Andrea Riffo  Identity Verified
Chile
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Study Dec 7, 2007

I would love to pursue a new undergraduate degree just for kicks (I'm not interested in chang¡ng careers, I just want to learn something new and I really, really miss the University environment), though I would need quite a bit more than 1 year for that

So, given that undergraduate studies are almost certainly out of the question unless a I won a big enough lottery prize to afford full-time studies + a decent living during 4 to 5 years, I am currently saving money to pursue postgraduate studies next year, in an area quite different from translation that nonetheless caught my attention precisely due to translation.

[Edited at 2007-12-07 18:01]


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Fabio Descalzi  Identity Verified
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Me too, dunnit Dec 7, 2007

Csaba Ban wrote:
I had a beautiful gap year back in 99/00, when I travelled for a full year ...

When I was 25 and about to graduate as an Architect, the whole group of students (more than 200) travelled through Mexico, USA, Canada, Egypt, Israel, Turkey and all of Europe (including relatively far-away places such as Norway, Northern Finland and Russia). An unforgettable experience - in particular from the human point of view.


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