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Backpackers’ Guide to Taiwan

Taiwan has a reputation for cultural diversity and beautiful scenery, and should be high on any itinerary for a gap year in Asia. Here is a guide.

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All our travel articles are written from firsthand experience by backpackers, for backpackers. Need help on figuring out which jabs you need before you travel? Wondering how to make friends in hostels? Want advice on how to take a decent travel photo? We’ve got it covered. Have a browse of our latest articles, or use the filters above to find what you’re looking for.

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Featured Experiences

Tanzania Whale Sharks & Turtles

Come and swim in the crystal clear waters off the coast of Tanzania and see the spectacular wildlife it holds while working towards conserving their incredible habitat.

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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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Jaguar Conservation in Costa Rica

from £1145

14 days

Discover the rainforests of Costa Rica and assist in the protection of the elusive and endangered Jaguar.

Combined TEFL Course Los Angeles

from £935

5 days

Join our 5-day combined TEFL course in Los Angeles and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign...

PR & Marketing in South America

from £2700

180 days

Launch your career in one of Latin America’s leading cities. Learn from experienced PR & Marketing professionals while exploring the...

Nepal – Caring for Children

from £1115

14 - 56 days

Become fully immersed to help some of the most vulnerable groups in Nepalese society, whilst travelling and exploring this dramatic...

Internationally Accredited Combined TEFL Courses

from £800

5 - 10 days

Take our Combined TEFL Course and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign language.

African Big 5 Wildlife Conservation

from £1264

14 - 84 days

As a volunteer in the Greater Kruger area in South Africa, you will experience Africa's amazing wildlife through research drives...

Special Needs Roles at Summer Camp

from £649

63 days

Summer camp in America provides limitless opportunities for campers to step outside their comfort zone. It is the setting for...

Oktoberfest

from £60

2 days

Oktoberfest is the biggest beer festival in the world and Stoketoberfest is the biggest party outside the beer halls. Includes...

Big 5 Conservation

from £995

14 - 84 days

Research lion, elephant and rhino populations and contributing to the conservation and management of a game reserve in South Africa.

In-Class TEFL Course in Leipzig

from £1270

20 days

Join our 4-week TEFL in-class course in Leipzig and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign language.

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Arctic Circle and Fjords by Rail

Norway, Sweden

The Arctic Circle may sound like a chilly destination, but when you go in the summer, there’s plenty to see...

Armenia & Georgia Food Expedition

from £1355

Georgia

Discover the punchy, herbaceous flavours of Armenia and Georgia on this exciting new Real Food Expedition. Sitting on the cusp...

North India Highlights

from £1411

India

Visit India and explore the highlights of the north on this adventure tour from Delhi to Varanasi. Discover the 'Pink...

G Lodge Amazon – 6 days

Peru

Get back to nature in the tropical rainforest. Located on the famously diverse Tambopata River in the Peruvian Amazon, our...

Local Living Nepal

from £339

Nepal

There’s no better way to get to know a country than by immersing yourself right into the heart of it,...

Sri Lanka Encompassed

from £1019

Sri Lanka

For most travellers, Sri Lanka has been off the map for too long. Well, it's back. Discover the vibrant colours,...

The Great Southern Africa Safari

from £5899

Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe

As the sun rises over Kruger National Park – and an elephant and her young calf wander past you –...

Great Ocean Road Adventure ex Melbourne (Basix)

from £260

Australia

Set off on a short but sweet road trip from Melbourne to Adelaide and get a taste of southern Australia's...

Cycle Morocco

from £888

Morocco

Desert sands and snow-topped mountains. Red cliff gorges and seaside paths. Hairpin turns and alpine passes. Grab a bike and...

Roman Chariot

from £1155

Why wait till you're in Rome to do as the Romans do? Instead travel Europe in imperial style! From the...

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