- On March 18, 2015
Gap Year in your 30’s, 40’s or 50’s
A gap year isn’t just the preserve of the young. Previously it was a luxury that was common place for a recent graduate or school leaver. We all had visions of grape picking in the South of France; back packing around Thailand or working in yachts off the Great Barrier Reef.
In today’s day and age, with the increase of the debt ridden commitments, to many students a gap year is becoming a preserve of the privileged few. But now most good employers offer sabbaticals to their workforce, it’s better to keep a good team player, allow them to have a breather and come back to work refreshed and ready to go. This saves employers from having to go through a tiresome and costly recruitment process.
Gap years are appealing for many. I took my first gap year age of 28 and lived it up in Australia for the bulk of that. But by that time I’d bought my first home, established myself in a career and furnished my life with the things that you would expect a 28 year old to have accrued. I didn’t want to sell up and just take off. So at that age, I used my family’s generosity to store my worldly possessions. I was surprised at how much I had, I didn’t need any of it while I was away, after all the need to have a vast DVD and book collection on a beach isn’t really necessary. Plus it’d be a heck of an amount to pay to the airlines in excess baggage. Back when I was 28 self storage wasn’t around. So I had to share my worldly goods out in damp sheds and dusty lofts across family houses across Cheshire. It wasn’t ideal, but it was all I had to work with.
However, when I took another gap year in my late 30’s it was easy to pack up and store. By this time I’d got a bigger home, a home that was going to be rented out, I left core items of furniture, but linens and personal items needed to be stored.
Second time around Self Storage was available. The appeal was I’d have my own unit, and was clean and purpose built, no dampness and with the added security of my possessions being fully insured.
The first experience of storing with my family turned out to be a bit of a disaster, a shed roof leaked and three boxes of books were ruined and the due to the some of my DVDs being in a loft next to a hot water tank some of them had lost the ability to work.
In my second gap year, I jetted back in for a few weeks before heading out to a new country, I needed to store personal keepsakes from the first half of travelling and switch clothing for the next country I was going too. Berlin in autumn doesn’t really work well with the shorts and flip flops that I wore on my travels in Thailand. The convenience was perfect. I just opened the unit up, switched things around and closed the unit up. No clambering over lawn mowers and having to wrestle with the half a flattened Christmas tree.
Now I’m back in the UK, and working for FLEXiSPACE, I am a true advocate of the Self Storage concept. It works. We work so hard to get the possessions we have, so why should be have to live a minimal lifestyle, we deserve the creature comforts and with FLEXiSPACE Self Storage you can live the life you want and still keep all that you hold dear.
Jonathan Welford – Sales Manager flexispace.com – 0161 274 4777