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The top apps to use on your gap year

The top apps to use on your gap year

Date added: Monday 4th March 2013


You've decided to take a gap year during the course of your degree. No doubt you have been working very hard for two years and feel that you've earned it. So, you are going to take a year out before finishing your degree and going out to work in the real world.

The question is, what are you going to do with your time? Well, don't despair, as they say with just about everything nowadays "there's an app for that" and gap years are no exception. We have listed a few apps that will help you along the way, should you decide to enter the world of volunteering, travelling or working for your all-important gap year.

If you want to know more about what an App is before you dive straight in, check out Broadband Genie's guide to smartphone applications

Commander Compass app: A large percentage of students taking a gap year will use that time to go travelling. If this is something you are considering, the Commander Compass app will go a long way to helping you get around without finding yourself in Barcelona when you should be Beijing. Whether you are looking to get from the airport to your hotel, or back to a spot you visited yesterday, there should be no chance of getting lost with this app as you're travelling companion.

Hostel App - Continuing with the travelling theme, this app is great for helping you find decent, cheap accommodation. If, like most students, money isn't exactly free flowing, you will want to travel as cheaply as possible. This app will help you with everything from finding budget priced accommodation, to making bookings. You can also see hostel ratings and view them before taking the plunge. An excellent way to find the right accommodation for you whilst travelling the world.

Vinspired - Volunteering is a great way to spend a year out. Not only is it a good opportunity to give something back, it can teach a lot of great skills that will come in handy when you start looking for a job. There is also the fact that it looks very good on your CV, which can only be a good thing. Not only will this app help you find great opportunities to get stuck in, it will stimulate the mind and give you ideas on how to volunteer that never occurred to you before. So, whether you are looking to help build an orphanage in Africa, or just looking for a way to get backstage at your favourite festival, this app is a good place to start.

Job Search Engine - Most of us like to wait until we have finished our education before jumping head first into the working world. If, however, you are eager to get started or more likely, you just can't afford to get by without a job during your gap year, this app will help you along the way. Job Search Engine does exactly what it says on the tin.

Whatever you decide to do with your gap year, make it a memorable one. Most people would agree that these are the best years of your life so make them count.

Mollie Goodfellow writes on behalf of Broadband Genie, the online comparison site for broadband and smartphone packages.

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