Gap year country advice

Countries

Head to Australia on your Travels
Discover the delights Australia has to offer
Take in Thailand on your Trip
See some of the world's most magical sights
Explore the Natural Beauty of New Zealand
Travel around and see why New Zealand is a must on your gap year
See South Africa in Style
Explore some of the sights in South Africa while on safari
Uncover the Secrets of Peru
Travel around and see what Peru has to offer on your travels
Where to Go

You’ve decided to go on a gap year – great! The next task is deciding where to go. There are almost 200 countries in the world, though obviously some – i.e. Australia, are more popular than others – i.e. Somalia. The best way to begin figuring out your route is to decide on which continents you would like to visit, and once you know that, you can begin breaking things down into individual countries.

Below are a couple of the most popular countries for each continent. For more info on any country just use that list on the top left of the page for individual guides.

Popular countries in...

Australasia

Australia

Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand


Asia

Thailand

Thailand

Japan

Japan


North America

United States of America

United States of America

Canada

Canada


South America

Peru

Peru

Brazil

Brazil


Europe

France

France

Italy

Italy


Africa

South Africa

South Africa

Kenya

Kenya


What to Do

Once you’ve decided which countries you would like to visit, the next step is deciding what you want to get out of – or give back to – each place. This can involve a lot of difficult planning, which is why we’ve created a series of complete gap years, which bundle together all the essentials so you don’t have to. These packages will always include return flights and, depending on the country, help with employment, finding reputable volunteering placements, accommodation, transport, starter kits and tours.

Some of the most popular are below, but to see all our complete gap years, just click the big blue button at the bottom of the page.

Includes return flights, Sydney beach and city tour, bank accounts and tax set up, and 12 months' job assistance

Travel and Work in Australia

Volunteer with underprivileged children in the stunning, coastal town of Goa

Volunteer in India

Volunteer and Trek Peru

Volunteer & Trek Peru

Conserve Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

Conserve Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

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Articles and Advice

We have enough country guides and advice on gapyear.com to fill a small library, and they’ve all been written by real backpackers who have been and experienced first-hand the things they’re writing about. We’ve put together a small selection below for you to browse, based on the most popular gap year countries.

Australia articles

A Guide to Arriving in Sydney

A Guide to Arriving in Sydney

How to buy a car in Australia

How to buy a car in Australia

View all australia articles

New Zealand articles

10 Adrenaline Activities in New Zealand

10 Adrenaline Activities in New Zealand

Become an Au Pair in New Zealand

Become an Au Pair in New Zealand

View all new zealand articles

Thailand articles

Finding Food in Thailand

Finding Food in Thailand

Teaching in Thailand

Teaching in Thailand

View all thailand articles

Japan articles

A Guide to Teaching in Japan

A Guide to Teaching in Japan

Travelling through Honshu, Japan

Travelling through Honshu, Japan

View all japan articles

USA articles

The Camp Counsellor Survival Guide

The Camp Counsellor Survival Guide

13 Pacific Coast Highway Stops

13 Pacific Coast Highway Stops

View all usa articles