Despite the well-worn phrase ‘gap year’, and incidentally the entire branding of our site, it’s rare for travellers to spend literally a whole year away from home. Most backpackers aren’t gone for longer than six months. Having said that, there are some who go the whole hog, and in this section you’ll find advice and articles geared toward that.
Also, gapyear.com itself has been around practically since the dawn of the Internet, and that in itself is something of a subject. In this section of GYC (ironic "hood" speak) you’ll find articles explaining exactly what it is we do and why the site is so great for travellers, and also the history of the company and how far it’s come since those early days.
Have a browse through these articles and read both for inspiration and for well-researched advice from first-hand experiences.
That rush at the bottom of your stomach, the one you only get when you do something that defies your instincts, is addictive. New Zealand is the best country to feed that addiction.
Deciding to go on a gap year is easy, but saving for one is a bit more difficult. Never fear though, just follow this handy guide and you'll be booking your RTW ticket in no time!
Planning a gap year at sixteen or seventeen may not be easy, but that doesn't mean it's impossible! Here is a guide on how under 18's can deal with age restrictions and travel the world.
Tom Smith took his first gap year five years ago and has never looked back. Here he tells us how his experiences have shaped his life and why travelling is such an incredible thing to do.
Leaving for your gap year can be a pretty stressful time for your parents too - they worry. Here are a few things not to say as you're about to leave through that door.
An employer's perspective on the value of your gap year travel, with practical advice on how to discuss and explain the benefits of your time out in an job interview.
Gapyear.com just got a major redesign and rebrand. Cormac takes us through the behind the scenes journey, and provides insight into the exciting new developments.
Ready for your mind to be blown? Excellent! This collection of the 50 most utterly unmissable, incredibly awesome gap year articles should do the trick.
You've only got 365 days to make it count, less than that as the days go by. Here are a few ways you can really make 2014 stand out as an awesome one.
We work at gapyear.com. We know our gap years, and we know what makes a place awesome. With that in mind, here are our top destinations for next year.
Our gap year community reveals the most incredible backpacking experiences a lifetime can have. Read 'em and weep backpackers...
We know one of the biggest worries of anyone wanting a gap year is how it'll affect their future career. Honestly, whichever way you look at it'll be positively, as Anna reveals.
You don't have to go on to further education when you leave school. Listen to UnCollege when they say this is the time to pursue your passions...
Any naysayers dissing the idea of travelling solo need to read this from bemused backpacker.com and then reassess. It could be the best thing you ever do!
You might be facing some difficult decisions right now, but have faith in the knowledge that these 5 awesome people say their gap years are the best thing they ever did.
Learning doesn't stop when you leave school y'know, it just gets a lot more fun. If you need some ammo to get negative parents off your back about your gap year, here you go...
Where do you want to go on your gap year? Struggling for ideas? That's why we’ve come up with 10 gap year destinations that you just have to see on your travels.
After two and a half years our travel editor Macca Sherifi is leaving us. Read the 10 things he'll miss about gapyear.com; it's time to get emotional.
Gapyear.com is 15! To celebrate I've put together 15 nuggets of advice for anyone thinking about going on a gap year. Any more you can add?
COO Cormac Scanlan says happy 15th birthday to gapyear.com and indulges in a little nostalgia, looking back over the 15 year history of the website.