News for December 2013
Talk about taking the plunge: Chris and Janet Wright have hit the headlines following their wedding ceremony which took place 12 metres under the sea in the Maldives.
Brazilian football is in the news for all the wrong reasons today following a shocking riot during a match between Atletico Paranaense and Vasco da Gama.
Air New Zealand have decorated a Boeing 777-300 with an image of Smaug, the treasure-hoarding dragon from the upcoming film: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
News for November 2013
Do you want a story of an 'authentic slum experience' to take home to your mates, but don't want to actually stay in a slum? Check this place in South Africa out...
A new hotel has opened in Yorkshire, especially for cats. Your pet will be pampered, massages and fed the finest quality fish, leaving you to enjoy your travels.
Joe Stuttle, in Tasmania for part of his gap year, has been the subject of a huge manhunt after leaving his belongings overnight at an infamous suicide spot.
A super-rich 20-year-old undergraduate needs someone to get him through his Cambridge University degree, desperately. He's willing to pay the big bucks too.
Now in its ninth year, the annual Guinness World Records Day in Sydney has once again seen people accomplishing a series of ridiculously bizarre feats.
Subway users in Moscow can now pay for their travel with 30 squats - all in aid of promoting the Sochi Winter Olympics. Would you do it?
Well, at least not by 51% of Brits who in a recent survey said they would prefer a man at the controls of their aircraft. Perhaps the sky really is the limit for women...
News for October 2013
The airline has again hit the headlines, this time for its 2014 charity calendar featuring half-naked hostesses draped throughout various locations in Crete.
A Cambridge pair have created a new world record by rowing the entire Amazon River. They endured freak storms and broken equipment during the 2,077 mile journey.
The British ecologists who completed a monumental run across South America, dragging a trolley behind them and feasting on roadkill.
196 countries, 5 years, and £125,000 - Brit James Asquith becomes the youngest person to visit every country in the world from Argentina to Zimbabwe.
What are your essential packing items for your gap year? Toothbrush? Pants? Head torch? Susan Weese has opted for a life-size human skeleton. We fibula you not.
Real news is just too heavy for a Monday, let's see what our furry friends are up to. We've got Einstein, Borat and a lion sheep today, what more could you ask for?
Revolutionary glasses have just been launched that can translate foreign words in seconds, perfect for reading menus and signs on your gap year.
News for September 2013
The beautiful, tropical island-nation has now become affordable and accessible to backpackers, with the unveiling of a new system to book authentic accommodation.
More than 80 elephants have been killed for their ivory in a Zimbabwe game reserve. The deaths were caused by poachers who laced a waterhole with cyanide.
Disney world have cracked down on allowing disabled people to skip the queue. Too many able-bodied people were paying others to help them jump the line.
Seoul has announced plans to build the world's first 'invisible skyscraper'. Impossible? It would seem not. Click through to find out how they'll achieve it...
This map of penis size kept us entertained for a good ten minutes in the gapyear.com office - trust me that's a long time for us. Well worth getting a cuppa in and checking it out.
The UK Foreign Office has revealed a series of peculiar laws which have ensnared naïve Brits, from wearing camouflage in Barbados to chewing gum in Singapore…
18,000 people were surveyed in 24 countries, but which city do you think tops the world poll? I'll give you a clue... apples, Frank Sinatra and hawt dawgs
News for August 2013
NASA's Don Pettit stacks long exposure photographs from the ISS to give us a tentative glimpse of the how travel photography of the future might look.
From skateboarding across Australia to swimming the Mississippi River, Dave Cornthwaite is a true inspiration for gappers and budding adventurers
A Level results day today! With reports of the grading, and universities, toughening up, it might be time you thought seriously about going on a gap year, 1000s of others are.
Eating rare creatures, distressing dying ones and damaging ancient relics are just a few of the antics these terrible tourists have gotten up to abroad.
Tom Daley is taking a short gap and has gone backpacking with his best mate for a new ITV series. Here's the first photo from his worldwide trip, but where is he?
We're looking for a super enthusiastic content and social media intern to follow a structured training programme at gapyear.com. Have you got the skills?
Mr Li tried to get through airport security in China with a turtle in his bag - cleverly disguised (so he thought) as a KFC burger. This is what happened...
News for July 2013
After the overwhelming success of the original, 'bad movie' extravaganza Sharknado gets the go-ahead for a much anticipated sequel!
Survival legend Bear Grylls is set to share his wisdom in his new Travel Preparation Course, aimed specifically at gappers. It’s time to learn the bear necessities!
We have a lot to thank sugar for. Not only does it create liquid happiness (alcohol), it’s now being converted to hydrogen and being used to save the world.
New way to cool down on your gap year in Colombia: bottles of coke made entirely from ice. From the weather in the UK this past week we need it here asap!
Teenage gapper Adam Davis has abandoned the tired old cliché of discovering himself on his gap year, instead allowing others to do the job for him.
Hamish Blake and Andy Lee have stormed the TV's once again with their new series Gap Year Asia with more than 1.5 million viewers tuning in for the first episode.
If you're thinking of living and working in New Zealand on your gap year then there's never been a better time to do it as Working Holiday Visas are at a five-year high.
News for June 2013
If you work for a government agency, a research organization, a tourism board or a university, then you could be the person that Google is looking for.
A koala has become a global internet hit after a photo of him with a strategically placed paw on one of the "Best Jobs in the World" winners was posted on Facebook.
Tanya Hollander has travelled the world photographing her nearly 700 Facebook friends to take her online relationships offline and find out about life worldwide.
A young girl aged nine has passed through customs that identifies her as a unicorn (she's not a unicorn in case you were wondering).
Good news for backpackers and travellers; a new vaccine that targets both E. Coli bacteria and salmonella has been produced that could prevent you from getting Delhi belly.
Sometimes in life you've just got to do it. Dorothy Custer has celebrated her birthday in style by doing a tandem BASE jump. Oh, and she's 102 years old.
A group of male train drivers in Stockholm, Sweden, have rebelled against a ban on wearing shorts to work by wearing skirts instead.
A curious boy has found more than he bargained for when he stumbled across $10,000 in cash stuffed in his family's hotel room in Kansas City last week.
Are you heading to the Great Barrier Reef on your gap year but can't wait to get there? Then make sure you tune in to the World Oceans Day on Saturday 8th June.
Roman Atwood is a bit of a prankster, so when he cut a video together around the world we were excited. Let us introduce to you the world's most contagious prank.
A recent survey by my Travel Cash has shown that almost a 25% of travellers have been stranded abroad without any money at some time on their trip.
News for May 2013
If you're going to Belarus on your travels then beware of the beavers; they are becoming increasingly aggressive and have even killed a man in a vicious attack.