Now, Jim, you said a gap year can be just a few months?
So what if people don't want to take a whole year out?
Well, everyone gets confused when you say gap year.
They are like, "What? It's a whole year?"
No, it's not. A gap year is just time-out between life stages.
People from all ages and all backgrounds take a gap year, you know.
And the majority of this time, I'd say, it's usually only for three to nine months.
Anyway, back to the question.
If people only want to travel for a month or so, then there are a number of short gap options.
For example, they can travel around China or Southeast Asia, taking in the sights.
They can volunteer in South America and they can go on an overland tour in Africa.
There are endless opportunities out there.
All you need to do is to decide what it is you want to see and do.
Short gaps are like ultra-concentrated gap years.
Now, another question. You yourself travelled and volunteered in your gap year.
So why is that a good option?
Because you are not only making a direct difference to local peoples' lives, but you're also learning more about a specific culture and society.
Often you can learn a lot more about an area volunteering than just travelling around.
We'd love to find out what is on people's travel list.
Could you tell us yours?
I think a travel list has to be as ridiculous as possible.
It has to be made up of things that are achievable and things that are, perhaps, unachievable.
After all, what do you do when you've done everything?
Um, on my travel list: No.1, cage diving with great white sharks;
No.2, hitch-hiking across America from New York to San Francisco;
No.3, touring overland in Africa;
and No.4 is climbing Mt. Qomolangma, which, let's be honest, I need to think twice.
So Jim, you've travelled a huge amount for somebody who's only 26 years old.
I'm curious. How did you get the travel bug?
Well, firstly, I grew up in an international household with a German mother and an Italian-American father.
So our daily lives and conversations always were more global in a lot of ways.
Thus, I always saw the world as small and attainable.
Secondly, when I was 16, I left home to go to the United World College,which is a 2-year boarding school with students from 90 different countries.
There, I really grew to see the entire world as an interconnected place, and began to think of myself less with national identities and more through global and human lenses.
These two things really explain my love for the world and help to explain my love of travel, I guess.
Oh, I see.
And what will visiting every country in the world mean to you personally?
For me, it'll be about how much I've learned.
It will be a validation of my ability to think critically and analyze the different ways that societies try to function.
There's so much to learn from personal experience or being in a place.
And I love travel, because to me, it's about constant learning.
Yeah. "Travel broadens one's mind", as the saying goes.
Well, Jim, thank you very much for joining us on the interview.
This is the end of Part Two of the interview.
Questions 6 to 10 are based on what you've just heard.
Question 6.What does the man say about a gap year?
Question 7.According to the man, why is volunteering a good option?
Question 8.Which of the following activities is the man least likely to do?
Question 9.What contributes to the man's love for travelling?
Question 10.What does the man see as a personal benefit of global travelling?