Gap Year News for June 2012

News for June 2012

Top travel photography fails

A competition to find the world's worst travel photographer is gathering momentum, with awful backpacking and holiday snaps flooding in fast.

World's best job winner engaged

He hit the headlines back when he landed the 'best job in the world'. Now Ben Southall is embarking on the adventure that is marriage.

Big Ben to be renamed after Queen

One of the world's icons, Big Ben, is to be renamed Elizabeth Tower in honour of the Queen’s diamond jubilee, celebrating her 60 years on the throne.

Backpacker numbers to Fiji on the rise

The number of backpackers traveling to Fiji on a gap year is on the rise, showing signs that the industry is recovering from the recent recession.

Uruguay plans to legalise cannabis

The Netherlands used to be the place to go for a legal high. However, in the future this may not be the case as Uruguay plans to legalise cannabis.

Natural wonders of the world

A cool video showcasing 10 lesser known wonders of the world is going viral on YouTube. How many of them have you been to? Or even heard of?

Sex on the beach

According to a survey, 1 in 3 British women admitted to having sex on the beach while on holiday, with Greece being voted as the most popular place to do it.

World's 12 most dangerous places

A list from Australian travel advice site Smartraveller has revealed the world's 12 most dangerous places. Which countries made the top 12?

Tinie Tempah wants to go backpacking

Tinie Tempah has revealed that he wants to go backpacking around the world to revisit some of the places he's been to already to see them properly.

See ya later squatters!

Squat toilets are finally being phased out of Thailand and replaced with the sit-down version at all public facilities, making backpackers rejoice all over.

Sex appeal increased by travelling

Are you worried about being a backpacker, living in the same clothes for a year, and being unattractive? Fear not as your sex appeal is actually increased.

Cyclist breaks Guinness World Record

Cyclist Mike Hall has smashed the world record for circumnavigation of the world by bicycle, taking just 92 days to complete the journey.

Backpackers survive 'Into the Wild'

Two students from the USA have survived an 'Into the Wild' experience after becoming stranded by a snowstorm while camping in New Zealand.

Polar bear ‘rocks’ enclosure

A polar bear has shocked Rotterdam Zoo visitors by breaking his enclosure glass with a rock. But was it an accident or escape attempt?

Queen of the Jungle

Maire McDonnell has been crowned 'Queen of the Jungle' for 'I'm A Backpacker... Get Me In Here!' contest, triumphing in Bushtucker Trials.

Travels with Charley

Tell us about your backpacker hidden gems in South Africa and be in with the chance of meeting TV presenter and traveller Charley Boorman.

Gap years make you happier

At gapyear.com we've been saying it for years, but apparently those who take a gap year and go backpacking are much happier in later life.

Queen celebrates Diamond Jubilee

Elizabeth II is celebrating 60 years as Queen this Bank Holiday weekend. Are you excited about the events, or will you be avoiding it all?