News for March 2014
The Machu Picchu authorities have had enough of streakers getting their bits out at the ancient ruins, and have been forced to put up better surveillance.
A new app which will allow people to read up to 1,000 words per minute - quadruple the average pace - is about to hit the market, and could revolutionise reading.
Man tries to get to an enclave of Spain from Morocco the illegal way. Police were hot on the trail of the suspicious looking bag, as this video shows.
News for February 2014
Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary has announced plans to introduce flights from Europe to the USA for £8.20. But are the new plans too good to be true?
In what looks suspiciously like one of Jeremy Clarkson’s wet dreams, this jet-engine-powered beast of a machine is the world’s fastest truck.
A hotel restaurant in Nigeria has been closed down after police discovered it was serving human flesh to its customers as an expensive delicacy.
A Go Pro camera has not only survived falling thousands of feet from a plane, but also eight months in the pig pen in which it landed. The footage has gone viral.
Mexican fisherman Jose Salvador Alvarenga who went missing from his home country in late 2012 has been found 6,200 miles away on a remote Pacific island.
News for January 2014
Over the last few weeks, the $40K price tag of an 85 inch Samsung TV has sparked an hilarious meme, this awesome stream of sarcastic reviews on Amazon.com.
A judge has scolded members of a jury for getting fits of the giggles during an animal sex case after they heard how a cow spurned a man's sexual advances.
Subwinging is the closest you'll get to experiencing the freedom of gliding through water like a fish. Any gappers into snorkelling or scuba diving will love it!
As if racing down one of the most dangerous roads in the world on a bicycle isn’t daunting enough, why not BASE jump off the cliff it resides on? This guy will show you why.
What could be worse than the unmitigated terror of your parachute not opening properly during a skydive? Death? Perhaps. But a close second is having no travel insurance.
What's the most important thing to take on a gap year? We asked our gapper community to choose between technology or flesh and blood, this is what happened...
Lonely, no friends and destitute, that's what a third of all those going on a gap year fear, apparently. Check out the rest of the worries that came to light in our recent survey.
Language student Jake Gaba has gone viral following an epic trip through China, during which he danced pretty much anywhere and everywhere.
VisitBritain, the country’s official tourism agency, has released a series of tips with the aim of helping the UK tourism industry avoid offending foreign guests.
Captain claims to have seen a UFO out of his window while piloting a plane near Heathrow Airport. Read the story, tell us what you think...
Zoe Averianov was 10 years old when she cast a message in a bottle overboard a ferry in the North Sea. She's waited a long time for a reply, but it's finally arrived...
News for December 2013
When you survive cancer twice you want to celebrate living, not plan 101 things until you die. Greig Trout is setting out achieve all his goals, and inspire others along the way.
He's definitely done some weird things in his time - enough to make us in the office sick with jealousy, but Gervais' mate has excelled himself this time.
In what sounds like the synopsis for a Stephen King novel, a colony of 40 severely inbred adults and children have been found living in a remote valley in Australia.
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.