Features for March 2014
A master class in showing how finding the fine detail of a destination can bring it blazing to life so much more effectively than snapping the more obvious touristy sites.
Everyone loves an inspiring movie travel quote, same goes for a cute picture of a sleeping koala. So what happens when you mix the two? Only one way to find out!
Features for February 2014
These unbelievably stunning photos are the work of Karim Nafatni, a commercial airline pilot based in Dubai. Many shots are taken from the cockpit itself.
Gold Coast competition winner Sean Barry spoke to Billie Edwards who heads up the Jellurgal Aboriginal Centre, to find out what boomerangs were really used for.
Ansel Adams was one of the greatest black and white landscape photographers of our time; here we highlight the most beautiful work of his extensive career.
Most tourists associate the UK with London only, and while the Big Smoke is the best city in the world, the heart and soul of this country lies in the villages.
Have you ever thought about volunteering in Sri Lanka? Becky Khalil did it and learned she had more skills in her volunteering repertoire than she ever realised.
Becky Khalil survived on less than $200 for a week in Sydney. She reveals how to live for free in one of the world's most expensive cities, and have a great time doing it.
Sapporo Snow Festival is literally the coolest event in Japan: the city is transformed into a winter wonderland dominated by magnificent snow and ice sculptures.
Gapyear.com are off to on an action-packed trip to the Gold Coast with our I'm a Backpacker... Get Me in There! winners. We need your help to crown the King/Queen!
Features for January 2014
We hear a lot from people who have been travelling and returned with advice and stories, but in this article we see the flip side: thoughts and concerns from a pre-gapper.
We caught up with La Carmina to discover the inspiration behind her blog and her style, and to find out where the one place she'd recommend everyone to go is.
Making mistakes while on the road is all part of the travelling experience but unfortunately they’re usually only funny in retrospect. Take note of these travel fails and avoid!
Facebook. We love it and we hate it in varying measures. If you're going off on your gap year there are a few things you can do to ensure you still have friends when you return.
It's time to act and change your world for the better says Rebecca from Raleigh International. It's a new year, a new start and time to fulfil your new year's resolution...
Not specifically travel related, but each of the pranks which feature in these videos are both genius and hilarious, and we feel it’s our duty to make you aware of them.
Features for December 2013
A truly revolting menu showcasing some of the world's stomach-twitching delicacies, from fertilised duck egg to maggot-infested cheese to deep-fried tarantulas.
Here's a round up of the incredible prizes we have up for grabs in the 13 Days of Christmas Giveaway - find out who the lucky winners are, right here.
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...
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...