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 email@example.com. 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 December 2013
This is a selection of quotes from Nelson Mandela, who has sadly passed on. He was one of the wisest and greatest leaders the world has ever known.
Did you enter our awesome I'm a Backpacker... Get Me in There competition? Find out if your pic is in the running to win a trip to the Gold Coast in Australia...
Features for November 2013
A 5 step guide to avoid bringing shame to your country. British tourists have the worst reputation in the Algarve, but this advice is very much universal.
For someone who hasn't been backpacking before, our obsession may seem weird. It's only when you come to see how great it is, that you understand. Here goes...
Have you entered our competition yet to bag a free a trip to the Gold Coast, Australia? If you win, you'll be doing all the awesome things in this article and more!
New Zealand is well-known as the capital country for adventure, but you know it's also absolutely incredible to look at too, right? Check this out...
Win one of three awesome, action-packed trips to the Gold Coast to take part in the gapyear.com Walkabout Trials. Enter your #imabackpacker photo now!
Definitely one of the most enlightening pages on Facebook, check out our pick of the best / worst stories on the 53k strong Confessions of a Backpacker page...
What's it like trekking in the jungle with just a pair of plimsolls and no idea what you're letting yourself in for? Rebecca Root finds out, and meets a orang-utan along the way.
Features for October 2013
Cambodia's beautiful temples and astonishing history are just a few of the sights making this South East Asian country a prime backpacker hotspot, says Anna.
Check out these spooky travel destinations for a terrifying Halloween to remember. Perfect if you're looking for the scream factor this October 31st.
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.
If you fancy staying a little closer to home on your gap year, take a look at these cool working holidays in Sardinia. You know you've always wanted to be a shepherd!
Fancy a trip to the Middle East? Lose yourself in Jordan, the desert kingdom of wonders – Anna Claeys highlights the best of this fascinating country.
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!
Features for September 2013
Working the slopes on your gap year is a great way to spend your time no matter how long you're out there for, here's Francesca to break down exactly why...
Stephanie mastered the art of massage in beautiful Bali on her gap year and bagged herself a skill she'll be able to earn from forever. What a hero!
Deciding to go canyoning in Dalat in Vietnam definitely isn't for the faint of heart. Check out Sam's story of shaky legs overcome by courage, and the potential family shame.
Shuo won our Happy Times competition back in February and won a dream trip adventure to Fiji. Here's what he got up to on the isle of smiles.
Anna spent a summer volunteering with husky dogs in the Arctic Circle in Canada. Sounds like an incredible opportunity, but was it worth the epic journey?
Check out these amazing abandoned places which have been left to the elements, from flooded churches to mental asylums to macabre hotels
Many backpackers like to adopt the 'what the hell' attitude to life, so when the choice for a tattoo comes up, it's usually a yes. But sometimes, you should just say no.
Backpacking isn't just temples and jungles, it's also drinking, dancing and general celebration. One of the best ways to join the locals is by experiencing their epic parties.
Features for August 2013
Interning for gapyear.com has been an awesome experience for top gapper Zoe Blogg, and we didn't even have to bribe her to say that.
You got to have a gimmick these days to get cynical travellers and gappers to visit your tourist attraction, here are 8 of the strangest ones in the world...
This is a photo essay from Italy, featuring shots from the ancient capital Rome, the beautiful hill towns of Tuscany and the gorgeous natural scenery of Le Marche
A compilation of awesome GoPro videos, featuring everything from BASE jumping to avalanche skiing to great white sharks. There is also a cat. And a seagull.
Want to live like your favourite screen star? You might not be able to experience life in their shoes but you can definitely experience it in their neighbourhood...
Volunteer and TEFL specialists i-to-i are offering one lucky young winner an opportunity of a lifetime, teaching and living in China for 5 months with all expenses paid.
Cuba in the Carribbean isn't your usual gap year destination, but check these 25 pics out and you could be a trailblazer among your fellow gappers, Mojito in hand
Artist and photographer Alex Wein has been turning the American road trip upside-down with his creative and unique 'Headstands' photography project.
You've researched, you've saved, you've booked, you've packed, you're on your gap year, and now you're homesick. Here's Helen Winter's advice on how to get over it.
After one month in Cuba to launch his Havana Club Gap Year adventure, gapyear.com caught up with winner Julian Medina to see how he's getting on...
Features for July 2013
Losing your hostel virginity might feel a bit intimidating, or downright terrifying if you've ever seen the movie 'Hostel'. Gapper Helen stayed in one for the first time in Germany...
Ben Turland's back with a bang and he's telling us all about finding food in Laos. From larb to tam mak hoong, it's got it all, so see what to eat when you're there!
Gapper Zoe went to India in search of adventure and a real culture shock - with trains, camels, kids, Holi Festival and the Taj Mahal she got plenty of both.
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.
Top gapper Zoe spent four days in Normandy, France, trying out the bungee jumping, sea kayaking, spas and of course, plenty of Camembert cheese and wine.
Spartacus, Winston Churchill and Danny Dyer. What do these three guys all have in common? They're all people who have become legends, but how?
Our travel editor Macca Sherifi has been livin' it up on the Gold Coast. Read why he thinks it's fast becoming one of the adventure destinations of the southern hemisphere.
Features for June 2013
Yep, it's that time of year again; the Mongol Rally. This time we're supporting Abhishek Madhavan, one member of the 3 Idiots Abroad. Read all about their journey.
Australian's are such water creatures; whenever they've got a spare moment they're on it or in it. That's why you should check out jet skiing & power boating on the Gold Coast.
For the first time ever Ultra Music Festival is coming to Croatia. Extend your festival experience with MedSailors and you've got yourself a brilliant summer trip!
The Lions beat Australia 23-21 in one of the most nerve-wracking matches you'll ever see. We know that because Macca Sherifi was there to tell us all about it.
What do you think is the perfect way to start the day? Whatever it is, forget it. Macca Sherifi thinks he's found it in stand up paddle boarding. We're sold.
Got a question, dream or dilemma about gap years you want to share? Come join the new #gapyearchat on Twitter at 6-7pm GMT on Tuesdays.
When you think of the Gold Coast, you think of exactly that; stretch after stretch of the most pristine beaches. However, there's more to the Gold Coast than meets the eye.
There was one point where our Macca definitely thought he was going to die, which is probably exactly what you want from an adrenaline-fuelled adventure.
Some people say that Australia has a more relaxed, slower pace of life. Sounds like a cliché, doesn't it? Macca Sherifi thinks he's discovered why that is.
"Throw another shrip on the barbie mate!" Aussie's don't actually say that. How do we know? Because Carla Burton has given us some tips on how to learn the lingo.