Advice on City Breaks
Whether you’re on your gap year in the countryside and want to head into the city for the bright lights, or you just need a city break from your daily grind, taking a few days to explore the city will sort you right out.
There are 36,722 cities in the world, so you have to forgive us for not including them all, but below you’ll find guides to a handful of the most popular city breaks for gappers. What to eat, what to drink and what to see are all covered in our top gappers’ guides. Enjoy.
If anyone knows what to do in Melbourne, it's top gapper Anna. She shares her years of knowledge about her city with us gappers, now pay attention.
Amber tells us how you can explore Copenhagen with just a few krone in your back pocket - food, drink, accommodation, things to do and all.
Visit Barcelona and don't spend very much, if you have these top tips from gapper Anna. She knows a thing or two about (not) spending your euros.
Here's a list of things to do in rainy London as we can’t think of anything worse than exploring London with puddles in your shoes.
China’s answer to Las Vegas is just a short ferry ride from Hong Kong. It has some of the grandest casinos on the planet and a clutch of historical treasures.
Beijing is one of the best cities in the world, but it's even better if you embrace the Chinese culture. Sarah Abrahams tells us how it's possible to do just that.
On your gap year you're going to come across some of the most amazing cities around the world. We thought we'd give you our top 5 cities so you know what you're in for.
Sara West is currently studying in Oulu, Finland. However, when she's not studying she's travelling, and she tells us about 5 things to do in Helsinki.
Victoria packs a punch and some would argue that it’s the best state to visit in Australia, but what makes it such a must see on a gap year?
Hong Kong is more than just a tourist hub. That's why Gemma Knight took to the streets to see what there was to see. Read about her 72 hours in Hong Kong.
San Francisco is a blur of exciting experiences. Katie Finn guides us through the city that gave the world hippies, gay pride and Otis Redding's best tune.
What can you do in a pricey metropolis? Experienced gapper and travel writer Francesca Harper has found us five free things to do in five of the world's most expensive cities.
It was while sitting in a sauna at 72 degrees, naked as the day I was born, sweating like Lee Evens after a two-hour gig at Wembley, that I really took to Budapest and its charm. After all, a city that encourages public nudity (albeit, in an enclosed environment) is a city that’s going to attract backpackers in their droves and backpacking in Budapest is as good as it gets.
Beijing - smoggy, golden, timeless city that it is - boasts a truly baffling array of historical sightseeing gems, from the Forbidden City to the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace to the Great Wall, each one iconic in its familiarity. Of course, no trip to this heaving cosmopolis is complete without visiting its most famous attractions - but don’t stop there.
Anyone with a guidebook and half a brain can work their way around the major attractions of a buzzing metropolis like Shanghai, left with a sense of having drifted through the city from one tourist-packed sight to the next, seeing the skyscrapers, the neon, the people, but never really getting under their skin. However, with a little insider knowledge it's easier than you might think.
After having spent the best part of a year as a British girl living and studying in the vast land mass which is the United States, I found myself with a new appreciation of both the smallness of England, and the relative ease with which us Brits can leave our shores. Yes, we may moan about the weather constantly, but for comparatively little expense it is possible for us to travel to different climes.
You’d be mistaken to visit Australia and not stop in Cairns. It’s a fantastic base for exploring the breathtaking beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and the tremendous, towering trees and wildlife of the Tropical Rainforest. If you want to learn about one of the oldest cultures in the world, there’s quite a bit of Aboriginal heritage and history in the area too - you can even learn how to throw a spear or a boomerang.
If you're off to Australia for a bit of backpacking or volunteering, or even just for a cheeky break, you might be a little tense about the prospect of arriving on the other side of the world with jet lag and little idea of where you're going, how the ticket machines work or just what the bloody hell they think they're doing trying to sell you cold beer in a 'schooner'?