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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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Chinese backpacker offers sex for travel

19 year old Chinese backpacker Ju Peng has come up with a novel way to fund her travels: by offering her body for sex to any man who is willing to pay her way through China.

Windowless planes a reality in a decade

In 10 years the aviation industry could introduce windowless planes to reduce weight and cut costs. Entire fuselages would have smart screen technology, making them appear transparent.

Hobbits meet safety in new flight video

Safety videos are one of the most important, yet tedious, things about a flight. That is unless you're a Lord of the Rings/Hobbit fan and flying with Air New Zealand. Then you get this.

Prank victim sues for mental anguish

A man who woke from a colonoscopy to find himself wearing pink knickers is suing for damages. He claims he became the victim of the prank while under anaesthesia.

Denmark bans sex with animals

In response to concerns over sex tourism and the country's reputation, Denmark has decided that it's about time they introduce a ban on bestiality. Yes, this is real.

A fan-tastic remake of Star Wars film

Hundreds of Star Wars fans have united to make one epic remake of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. It's all cardboard, all animation, and all cats and dogs. Just watch it.

The cringiest travel advert ever

Advertisers can go to great lengths to grab their audience's attention, but this local travel company's advert is utterly baffling. Surely they've made it so horrendously awkward on purpose?

Swiss zoo puts own animals on menu

A Wildlife Park in Switzerland has faced criticisms from animal welfare supporters after serving its own animals at its on-site restaurant. Well, it's one way to get close to the animals.

Flights to the Moon expected by 2018

An excursion company believes that it will be able to send paying passengers on six-day voyage to the moon and back by 2018. Warning: it is eye wateringly expensive.

Man rolls 6ft testicle across USA

One man and his dog... and a 6ft testicle. For the last month, Thomas Cantley has been rolling an inflated testicle across the USA in an attempt to raise awareness of testicular cancer.

Has Dracula's dungeon been discovered?

Archeologists have uncovered a network of underground tunnels and dungeons in northern Turkey believed to have held the original Dracula, Vlad the Impaler. It's pretty creepy.

Burger to taste like human flesh

A burger that replicates the taste of human flesh has been created by two chefs in London to celebrate the return of a zombie TV series. Well, that's that gap in the market filled.

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.

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