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The Gap Year Magazine

We know you're passionate about backpacking, travelling, getting off the beaten track, meeting new people and learning while you're living. That's why you're here on But we know there are times when you're not on the site; you're in the bath or on the bus or just don't feel like being connected. That's why we've produced the gap year magazine.

In the age of apps and ever-connectedness, what do we want with a 500-year-old technology like print? Well, we like travel magazines, we like the way the pictures look, the way you can doodle in the margins and the fact that you can read them in the bath. But our first love is still the web. was established in 1998 and remains the number one place to talk and learn about gap years.

Much of the material you’re about to read has been mined and refined from the rich seams of a site to which more than 100,000 members have contributed. If you’re not a member of, where have you been? Not very far is my guess.

The magazine is packed with tips and tales from travellers like you. It showcases some of our best writers and photographers. It's aimed at anyone interested in travelling for the experience, on a short gap year, gap year, or permanent gap. We want your time on the road to be easier, safer and more fulfilling.

Features Editor Andrew Tipp, Art Director / Lead Designer Cormac Scanlan and Sub-Editor Marcus Sherifi at the relaunch of the Magazine

Where's the Latest Issue?

Due to the heavy demands of the website, we have currently put production of the gap year magazine on hold, but we do expect it to make a return. 

The most recent issue (see above) was jam-packed with inspiring articles about such things as game ranging in South Africa, skydiving in New Zealand and volunteering in Peru. We also included a load of 'how to' articles, such as planning your trip, the art of travel photography, and beauty tips while travelling. And finally, just because we could, we've interviewed Brit music award-winner Ed Sheeran; as you'd expect, he's a really nice guy.

Do let us know what you think, and what you’d like to see in future editions. Feedback from readers is the most valuable of all. If you are keen to work with us on bringing back the magazine, we would be open to all suggestions.