Many people take a year out between finishing college and starting Uni. Whether you use that year to work, to travel or to volunteer, if you use the time wisely then a gap year should broaden your mind and give you tons of life experience. You may want to (or need to) mix the above and work for six months to give you enough money to travel.
Top 5 Gap Year Destinations
1) Thailand 2) Australia 3) USA 4) South Africa 5) Peru