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Thai Islands: Hop, Skip & Jump

Thailand is the ultimate destination for young travellers, and the Thai Island Hop package includes a little bit of everything. Backpacker experiences don't get more classic than this!

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Awesome experiences around the world

Check out our hottest picks right now, from volunteering projects to jobs abroad to epic adventure tours. If you can’t see anything below that suits, just use the search bar below – you can filter by location and things to do. And don’t think your gap year has to be limited to one experience – the best trips include a variety!

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The Explorer’s Extravaganza

from £3,699.00

From 60 days

Feeling adventurous? You'd better be, because this is a BIG one! It involves an incredible journey from Russia overland to...

Unleashed in the East

from £4,299.00

From 32 days

This incredible adventure will transport you through China and Japan, taking in some truly amazing sights and experiences, from the...

The Classic Gap Year

from £6,199.00

From 70 days

This classic gap year adventure offers up the best of three of the most popular backpacking destinations in the world:...

The Eco Wanderer

from £3,699.00

From 38 days

Volunteering is a great way to make the most of your travels, and this ethically-minded package allows you to do...

Journalism Internships in Shanghai

from £2,470.00

28 - 180 days

Get ahead in the competitive world of journalism and media by pursuing an internship in one of China’s most important...

International Marketing & PR Internship In Singapore

from £1,690.00

60 - 180 days

Singapore is well known as one of the most developed countries across the globe and is a hotspot for international...

Horse Riding Camp Jobs, USA

from £249.00

56 - 84 days

Apply today and bag yourself a job working at camp in the USA working with horses! Teach riding and spend...

Volunteer with Sharks

from £999.00

7 - 90 days

Join marine biologists working closely with sharks, going cage diving with them and conducting valuable research into their behaviour. All...

Sport and Education in Ghana

from £2,500.00

90 - 360 days

Lattitude's sport programme in Ghana works in partnership with Football For Hope (FFH) which uses sport to help re-engage young...

Veterinary Internship in Malawi

from £1.00

14 - 84 days

Learn from experts in their field and gain valuable veterinary experience in animal care and wildlife rehabilitation at Africa's top...

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Guatemala & Beyond

from £590.00

Guatemala

From beautiful black-sand beaches to tropical forests alive with jungle melodies, this pocket of Central America is something of a...

Natural Highlights of Costa Rica

Costa Rica

When you think of stunning landscapes, unique wildlife and lush rainforests, Costa Rica should definitely spring to mind first. This...

Volunteer Brazil

Brazil

If you're looking for a life-changing experience then volunteering in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro while enjoying the sites...

Northern Thailand At A Glance

from £386.00

Thailand

Bangkok = cocktails, markets, massages. Sukhothai = bicycles, temples. Chiang Mai = more temples, massages, Asian elephants. Doi Mae Salong...

Atlantic BLT from New York

from £2,099.00

An Eastern delight! The bustling excitement of the New York area and Washington DC, the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains,...

Best of Brazil

from £524.00

Brazil

Start your Brazilian adventure with a bang in Rio de Janeiro, a city rich in Afro-Portuguese culture and sun kissed...

Botswana Family Safari with teenagers

from £1,070.00

Botswana

Embark on an action-packed, teen-friendly adventure in south-east Africa. See the thundering spectacle of Victoria Falls, say hello to some...

New Zealand North Island Explorer (ex Auckland)

from £2,245.00

New Zealand

Explore New Zealand's heartland from the secluded beaches of the coast to the volcanic craters of the central plateau. Travel...

Cape Town, Kruger & Zimbabwe

from £1,784.15

South Africa, Zimbabwe

Southern Africa is so packed full of diverse highlights that we’re taking two weeks to explore a few of them...

Bruges Easter

Take a four-day city break to Bruges this Easter with Topdeck. Beautiful Bruges is by far one of THE best...

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