Greetings & Welcome!
I’m no longer a big fan of college, but gap years are a REALLY bad idea unless they’re to work and earn money, NOT PLAY!
But you’re not ready to travel or be a vandweller either. What’s your work history? Without experience or marketable skills, getting jobs while traveling is almost impossible.
You should have been working full time all through high school, and if you’re going to go to college you should be working full time so you can graduate debt free.
There are no shortcuts, you OWE society 40+ hours of work per week until retirement age. I was a traveling construction worker for over 30 years, working 60-80 hours per week, and still had plenty of time to explore the areas I was in and enjoy life to it’s fullest. MONEY iss what makes all that possible. There’s no enjoyment in being a broke deadbeat no matter what you see on InstaSCAM or BOOBtube. Those people are getting PAID to convince others to make bad choices.
The best way to work and travel is to work remotely online. You can work from anywhere with an internet connection. That’s what I do now.
Other options include building an absentee owner business, so you’re making money even though you aren’t there. Many full timers have gone this route.
If I were you, I’d be spending every waking hour learning how to make money, both online and offline, and then put them into practice. Build a firm foundation for your life and your future, with multiple backup plans. I’m making $100/hr working online, and learned how to do it in a 3 hour class. I have friends selling ebooks making $20k+ each, within a month. That was a different 2 hour class. I made more money while taking those classes than the classes cost. There’s big money to be made, all you have to do is find a need and fill it.
There’s plenty of time to travel and enjoy life AFTER you have gained financial freedom. High school drop outs are making millions, while people with college degrees are working at McDonald’s for minimum wage. Learn how to really make money, not just how to get a job. Find something that you enjoy and turn it into a money making enterprise. Many billion dollar businesses started on someone’s kitchen table. Opportunities are everywhere if you seek them out.
I always suggest people get a regular full time job to support themselves, while they learn how to make the big bucks. That minimizes risk while maximizing rewards.
"Smiles are contagious, pass it on!" ~ Van_Dweller