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Jo Fitzsimons is a freelance travel writer who has visited over 60 countries. www.indianajo.com is the place where she shares destination details, travel itineraries, planning and booking tips and trip tales. Her aim: to help you plan your travel adventure on your terms and to your budget.

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  1. Jon & Barbara
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    Wow – Great information. We are taking a senior gap year in 2018 with the plan that if we like it (and We think we will), of making it more like a gap 5 years or so. LOL Love the article, perspective and information you provided. Your writing style is very engaging and this is one of the best articles I’ve run across. Looking forward to more and to joining you on the road. Warmest regards. Jon & Barbara

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  5. Sabretoothed chickens
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    Great post. Done the family gap year. Toying with the idea of a life incorporating travel but a bit trickier as I also have a husband that likes his job and three boys to consider. Truth is they trump travel for me but nice to have both. 😉

  6. Helen in Wonderlust
    Helen in Wonderlust at | | Reply

    Love this Jo. One of the best things I’ve read in a while. I can relate to so much of what you say here! I hope you find the balance and are always happy!!! xxx

  7. rosa
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    wow, I’ve gutzed this article like a greedy kid – I’m going back to read it again at leisure.
    So much to absorb, I love reading your blog! Even though our gap year is in the planning stages, I’ve found myself looking down my nose at friends’ “holiday” plans and have myself pegged more as a traveller than tourist.. What a travel snob I’ve pre-emptively become.

  8. Ana
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    Spent over an hour to read this article while trying to get to work on time this morning. But I just needed to know all the challenges. It really inspired me. I generally read about how great the freelancer life is (and I still think it is great) but nobody never warns you for the challenges.Thanks for this article and for being so honest. I have been following you for a while now and I really love what you write. I still struggle to find a way to “live for my passion” but you encourage me every time with your posts. Even if some posts are not as “happy” as others. Thanks! 🙂

  9. Sam
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    I am very familiar with #1, #6 and #8. It happens now more often than not that I just tell people “I teach English”. Not so interested now, huh? And thus, I win.

  10. Corinne
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    Jo, Your journey sounds like it is/was full of ups and downs, which sounds just about right to me. I have never really traveled full-time, the most I get is two months in the summer. By the time I have to return to school, I’m both exhausted and ready to do something different. However, there are so many things I can’t do because I’m working during those times of the year…very frustrating. It’s great that you are able to make money writing which allows you to keep traveling. Good luck!

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