Gap Year Features
Gap Year Features are your inspiring and insightful stories on gap years, backpacking and travelling. They come in the forms of interviews with celebs (more the travel celebs than the David Beckham's), Q+A sessions with gapyear.com members, and first-hand accounts of backpackers and travellers. In short, Gap Year Features is one of the coolest sections of the site.
If you think you've got what it takes to write a feature for us then send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You're the ones out there living life to the full, you're the ones with the stories to tell, and you're the ones we want to hear from! Who knows, maybe you'll be the next rising star in our Gap Year Features!
Features for May 2013
Cuba is one of the hottest destinations at the moment. Luckily for us, we've got Rena Papatheofilou to tell us all about her experiences backpacking in Cuba.
It's fair to say gapper Phil Inman has been around the block. If there's one thing he's discovered is he really likes tours. As in, he really really likes tours.
When you've been travelling you'll be asked the question "how are you going cope when you get back to the real world?" What does Ben Allen say? Fuck the real world.
Features for April 2013
The Step by Step Project is the brainchild of Sara Pretelli, a London based photographer, and she wants to show the world through her eyes, or at least her feet.
Tina Thornburn has continued he 'day in the life of a volunteer' and she's told us all about her experiences of volunteering with monkeys and teaching children in Kenya.
Road trippin' the States is one of those iconic trips; everyone should do it. That's why Pete Churchill has told us all about his trip driving up the West Coast of the USA.
Have you thought about WWOOFing on your gap year? No? Then make sure you read Kailea MacGillivray's feature on the wonder of WWOOFing; we think it'll change you mind.
The 18 finalists have been chosen for the Havana Club Gap Year competition - but who will be crowned winner? There's only one way to find out, Havana!
What do camp counselors really get up to at Summer Camp? Rebecca Root spills the beans and tells us all about it... and it's not all about looking after kids.
Features for March 2013
We're giving away a pair of festival tickets EVERY WEEK throughout the summer in our epic #GYCFestivalFriday Giveaway. Enter on Facebook to be in it to win it!
If there's one person to highlight how a gap year can benefit you, it's Darren Crocker. In this feature he opens up and describes the time he left for his gap year.
Glastonbury Festival is one of the biggest festivals in the world. Organiser Michael Eavis decided to skip last year, thanks to the Olympics, but it's back with a vengeance...
Win a trip to Thailand and Laos in our fun Easter game on Facebook. A Stray Travel Tour from Bangkok to Vang Vieng and a £500 flight voucher included!
Will Hardy wanted a different type of gap year. That's why he went to volunteer in Hawaii and Kilauea Volcano soon became his office for three months.
At gapyear.com we're always on the lookout for inspiring people and inspiring programmes. That's why we want to tell you all about the TV show Departures.
Ben Turland has been tasting some tantalising treats and he tells us all about finding food in Thailand. Check out what some of the hottest things are to eat. Literally.
Features for February 2013
Ed went backpacking in Rio for Carnival, where he made some friends, got a photo with Christ and partied his little Speedos off on the Brazil beaches. Sounds amazing!
Mention gapyear.com when you enter My Destination's latest competition Biggest Baddest Bucket List and you'll be in the running to win an iPad too...
Fred went out to Fiji to sample the gap year lifestyle. He found sun, smiles and plenty of adrenalin-fuelled activities to keep him busy, as well as some Bounty Rum.
Win a trip for 2 to Fiji just by sharing your #happytimes photo on our Facebook page. Nights out, holidays, beautiful landscapes and smiling friends all welcome.
Katie Baxter is currently living the life volunteering in Kenya. She explains her typical day in the life of a volunteer; we're not going to lie, it sounds like a lot of fun.
Today Pope Benedict XVI announced that he was retiring from the Popeship. He claims at 85 he's too old to continue, but we know it's really because he's taking a gap year.
Our mate Spencer from Geckos Adventure Holidays reveals why you should tour with them - the tough part will be deciding on one of the 50 countries they cover.
Anna Claeys has found a piece of history in Indonesia by following in her grandfather's footsteps. In this feature she gets off the tourist trail to West Papua.
Newsflash: Our travel editor Macca is up for grabs! Send us your lonely hearts ad and you could win a dream date with him around London for Valentine's Day
In this week's #gapyearchat we were talking about travel films and books. Here are some of our favourites and our recommended books to read and films to watch.
Features for January 2013
We thought you'd like to know all about The Harsh Barge, which is why we interviewed Tanner Ballengee & Conner Morton. Do something different on your travels.
This week's #gapyearchat was on food and travel. From deep fried silk worms, to human flesh and Cadbury's chocolate we talked about it all.
Josh Taylor took a working holiday in Canada on his gap year. He tells us all about shredding the slopes, hitting the pow pow and what he got up to every day.
We were talking about slow travel, volunteering, working abroad and taking the time to experience and enjoy a country in our latest #gapyearchat.
Lucy Grewcock has been to one of the world's least-travelled to places; Antarctica. She tells us all about her experience travelling to the end of the world.
We've been chatting on Twitter about places we'd like to travel in 2013 in our #gapyearchat. Here's what the awesome gapyear.com community had to say.
Finding yourself on your travels may not be for everybody, but Jemma Laing decided to commit hereslf to 10 days of silence in a Buddhist Monastery in Thailand.
Ben Turland's been travelling around and finding food in India. Read about some of the best things to eat (and some of the things to avoid) while on the road in India.
Between us we've travelled the world, but our wanderlust is never satisfied. Here's what a few of the gapyear.com team will be getting up to this year to keep it at bay.
Features for December 2012
The gapyear.com community have pulled together their best travel hangover cures and cures from around the world to help you through the festivities.
Once again it’s that time of year to party like its 1999. It's a couple of weeks until NYE and parties are being prepared worldwide, but where will you be spending it?
If you're looking for some creative Christmas gifts that you can make on a backpacker's budget then look no further than these unique and personalised festive ideas.
Christmas is always a strange time to be backpacking and travelling. That's why we're here to tell you that it can be one of the best times to be on your gap year.
We've been chatting to Frances Roach who recently won a trip Down Under with gapyear.com. We found out about the trip and all her favourite places.
Find out how six of the best travel bloggers in the industry spent their gap year Christmas and get a few ideas for making your own incredible too.
If you're taking a gap year in 2013, now's the perfect time to ask for some travel kit. We thought we’d help you out by showing you what's good to get for Christmas.
We're always on the look out for people who have done something different in life. Well let us introduce you to Mario Cacciottolo from Someone Once Told Me.
Features for November 2012
Tina Thorburn has been volunteering all over the world - in this 'a day in a life as a volunteer' she talks about her time diving in the Seychelles.
Tasting the delicious cuisine in Morocco and where you'll find the best fresh fish, how to get a spicy tagine and the hidden messages behind sweet mint tea.
Want to learn to shred the slopes? Pete Rees tells us about life balancing on the edge and gives us few tips on how to get into snowboarding as a beginner.
Rusja Foster tells us more about her incredible experience at Loi Krathong Lantern Festival after she celebrated the festival of light in Thailand.
Monica's just been to southern Morocco and she highlights what an epic, manic, adventurous and incredible week she had with Intrepid Travel.
There's something about Frank Turner. He has this easy going attitude to life that makes guys want to be him and girls want to be with him. Come find out why.
Monica, our Social Media Specialist, is heading out to Morocco and here's what she'll be up to and how you can follow her journey with Intrepid Travel.