TIFGYG is a bi-weekly podcast in which we talk to people who’ve done interesting and vaguely gap year-ish things. Volunteering in a tiny mountain village in Nicaragua, teaching English in Russia or Japan, walking Camino de Santiago pilgrim route across Spain, au-pairing in Paris and more. Things that aren’t necessarily one of a kind, rather things that you might be curious about or considering doing yourself. The key here is an honest conversation about the good and the bad, the ups and the inevitable downs – the honest accounts of adventures by real people, not instagrammers with sugarcoated (and, most of the time, sponsored) ads for luxury travel.

What was the motivation to create TIFGYG (how catchy, eh)? Because I wish there was something like this when I was about to graduate university – something to shine a light on the possibilities beyond the dichotomy of a fancy graduate job versus another barista gig. (I am currently in the latter position, but this isn’t the end yet.) And because I had the itchy feet to see the world before I would attempt to settle down in one place, even if for a few years. But I couldn’t afford travel, especially if I wanted to experience any given place beyond ticking off a list of tourist sites, going berserk in a souvenir section of a duty-free and calling it a day.

But I couldn’t find anything like this, so I made it myself. This is how The Itchy Feet Gap Year Guide came to be.

A quick disclaimer about the ‘Gap year’ bit: I’m not a fan of or interested in voluntourism or gap year packages that cost as much as another degree would. I use the term loosely and rather for a lack of a better word. It’s about people taking some time out of their normal lives in their usual habitat to see the world, in whatever shape or form it may be. It’s for people considering going places and doing things, to help them get an insight into what it was like for someone else.

For example, in one of the upcoming episodes we talk to Beth, who spent some time working in the Dunkirk refugee camp. This is not to make light of a dire humanitarian crisis. In that episode we talk about her motivations, about what it was like and whether it’s worth going, or how you could maybe help make a difference in a different way from home. This simply happens to fall under ‘experience’, not a ‘gap year’. I would like to stress the distinction.

I hope you like the podcast!

Thank you for your time,