Gap year news


News for backpackers and travellers

The gap year news section is your up-to-date news on gap years, backpacking and travelling. Basically, it's anything travel related that we think is fun to read! Whatever happens in the world, we've got it covered.

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Avast, me hearties! It's time to talk pirate!

The rules be simple: just talk like a pirate. All day. That’s it. The only thing you need to plunder is the rich pirate lingo, which be made up of an astonishing FOUR words!

Prank border control in Scotland

Road signs, orange cones and hi-vis jackets. With the decision of Scottish independence nearing ever closer, Jon Parker Lee made the most of the tense situation by creating this epic prank.

Dutch Girl Fakes a Trip to South East Asia

For five weeks Dutch student Zilla van den Born pretended to be travelling around South East Asia, when in fact she'd never left her home city of Amsterdam. How did she do it...?

Death by Hairy Chest for US Man

A passenger has died after being denied use of the defibrillator when suffering from a heart attack on a US Flight. The reason? Because his chest was just a bit too hairy.

Face-kini craze hits Chinese beaches

The beachgoers of Qingdao in China have been resembling bank robbers and sea monsters with their latest trend - the face-kini. That's correct, a bikini for your face.

Fiancé fakes death to avoid marriage

A bride-to-be has been left heartbroken after finding out her betrothed pretended to have died in a car accident so that he could escape their impending wedding.

Gap year advice: when you should take one

With A-level results day upon us and clearing in full swing, we ask backpackers about the pros and cons of taking a gap year before or after going to uni.

Murder suspect shows how not to use Siri

A Florida man suspected of murder has faced a fair bit of public humiliation after a court heard that he asked the iPhone feature, Siri, where to bury a body. This has got to be a first.

Chinese girl sleeps naked on wire bed

Nothing beats the feeling of getting into your own bed. Unless you're Zhuo Jie, that is, who is attempting to sleep on a bed made out of metal wire for 36 days. It's for art. Enough said.

Monkey sort of wins court case

While on a holiday in Indonesia back in 2011, David Slater left his camera unattended and a monkey ended up taking selfies. The question is, who do the snaps belong to?

Sandstorm reveals unseen Nazca Lines

Sandstorms and strong winds in Peru have uncovered a new collection of the mysterious Nazca Lines in the Peruvian Desert. It doesn't get much cooler than this!

Epic edit fail on BBC Weather video

A weather presenter pre-recording a forecast and messing up his lines probably isn’t so unusual, but the blooper then being published to the world is less common.

George Harrison tree killed by beetles

A memorial tree planted for former Beatle George Harrison in Los Angeles has been killed by beetles, becoming the latest in a long line to succumb to an ironic death.

40 tourist scams to avoid this summer

Most travellers end up learning how to avoid scams on their gap year the hard way, but you can give yourself a head start with this infographic which shows 40 common rip-offs.

Rave of Thrones: Hodor to DJ in Oz

Game of Thrones actor, Kristian Nairn, also known as Hodor, has announced a Game of Thrones DJ tour around Australia this summer. Lets hope Cersei loses her invite in the post.

Father claims land so daughter can be 'real princess'

Some dads will go to end of the earth for their children. And others will travel to East Africa to conquer land because they promised to make their daughter a real princess.

Electrics must be charged before flying

Under new airport regulations, passengers will now be expected to turn on their electrical devices before being allowed to board the plane or face having to leave it behind.

Another airport, another viral video

Equipped with a camera, YouTube channel and basic editing skills, these two boys from the US show every traveller how to make the most of a missed flight and an empty airport.

Jedward (almost) lost at sea

Jedward had to be rescued by the coastguard yesterday after becoming stranded on a sand bank in Dublin. At least Tom Hanks managed to get stranded in the tropical South Pacific.

Philadelphia's 'Rocky steps' could be history

In Philadelphia, people running up the 'Rocky steps' whilst singing the theme tune to the classic boxing film is a common sight, but under new plans the steps could become history.

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