Gap Years and Backpacking in the USA

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Experience the epic West Coast of the USA
These flights take you into LA and out of San Fran
Working on a Ranch in Wyoming
An awesome story about what it's like to work in the USA
Explore the East Coast of the USA
These flights take you into Miami and out of New York
A Complete Guide to the USA
Everything you need to know about this amazing country
Get there

With buzzing cities, wide-open spaces, endless opportunity for adventure, friendly people and no language barrier to contend with, the USA is a great place for either seasoned or first-time backpackers. You could easily spend months travelling around this enormous country and still not see everything.

As well as offering incredible travelling opportunities, the USA is also a fantastic place for UK gappers to find paid employment, which is usally in the form of working with kids at summer camps.

We can make getting to the USA hassle-free and more than affordable with our great flight offers.

USA Flights

Best of the West Coast

Best of the West Coast

East Coast Explorer

East Coast Explorer

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Work or volunteer

The most popular kind of work for UK gappers in the USA is spending a summer at a kid's camp, helping to organise activities and the like.

This is a really rewarding experience and will look fantastic on your CV, particularly if you're considering a career working with children. It is also a brilliant way to spend a summer: very few people regret working at camps in America and most return home with great memories and close friends. Indeed, it's not unusual for people to return to complete second and even third summers at camp, which is testament to the great experience they provide.

There are plenty of companies who will help find you a camp placement and provide the necessary sponsorship for you to go and work at a summer camp. In return they some money, while you get a small to spend and an unforgettable summer in the States.

USA Summer Jobs

Teach your Hobby in the USA

Teach your Hobby in the USA

USA Summer Camp Opportunities

USA Summer Camp Opportunities

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Explore

The USA was made for backpacker tours, and with such a vast array on offer, it can be difficult figuring out which one is the best for you.

We've plucked out a few of our favourites below. They cover some of the most epic highlights of this amazing country, from the Grand Canyon to New York City to Route 66. If you can't quite find exactly what you're looking for, just click the blue button at the bottom for a full selection of our USA tours.

USA Tours

Canyons and Casinos

Canyons and Casinos

New York to Chicago

New York to Chicago

Plenty of Parks

Plenty of Parks

Beyond the West Coast

Beyond the West Coast

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Advice

We have lots of great articles about travelling and working in the USA, and they've all been written from first-hand experience by backpackers who have been there and done it.

Have a browse of our top picks below, and to see all articles about the USA just click the big blue button at the bottom.

Articles about the USA

The Camp Counsellor Survival Guide

The Camp Counsellor Survival Guide

An article by Rebecca Root
24 Hours in Las Vegas

24 Hours in Las Vegas

An article by Victoria Philpott
Working on a Ranch in Wyoming

Working on a Ranch in Wyoming

An article by Katie Fewkes
A Guide to Road Tripping the States

A Guide to Road Tripping the States

An article by Pete Churchill

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