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The Best National Parks on the Gold Coast

Many backpackers who visit the Gold Coast get so caught up in the fun of the theme parks, they don’t realise they’re surrounded by some of the best natural parks in Australia.

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Inspirational articles about backpacking and gap years

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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Panoramic Peru

Experience everything Peru has to offer, from ancient Inca ruins to delicious Pisco Sours. For an intro to Peru, this trip has it all!

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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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Summer Teaching Programme in China

from £350

14 - 49 days

China

Positions in Haining, Huzhou and Xuzhou, for 2 or 7 weeks, open to all students, no degree required.

City Slickers Hostel Package

from £895

15 days

Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlan...

Our most popular package, City Slickers will take you to six of Europe’s most iconic - and unforgettable - cities.

Kings Landing Hostel Package

from £795

15 days

Croatia

This package is your chance to see the best of beautiful Croatia - and follow in the footsteps of Games...

New Zealand Mountain Bike Tour

from £2365

16 days

New Zealand

The best of the North. The best of the South. They both come together over an epic 16 days to...

Unearthed Expedition And Social Entrepreneurship Course

from £2600

30 days

South Africa

Track Rhino on foot. Live in a Zulu village. Snorkel with Sharks in the warm Indian Ocean. Build confidence, leadership...

Become an Accredited Safari Guide

from £3580

90 days

South Africa

Join our three month, fully accredited guide training program. This is a lot more than a safari guide training program,...

Rhino Conservation in Africa

from £1695

14 days

Uganda

Join a rhino conservation project in Uganda, before heading off on a 3 day safari to see other African wildlife

Volunteer at an Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand

from £779

7 days

Thailand

Care for elephants in an amazing sanctuary just 3 hours from Bangkok

Elephant Conservation Volunteering in Thailand

from £965

7 days

Thailand

Help to give elephants a chance to live in the wild on this inspirational project in Thailand

Conservation Volunteering in Thailand

from £1125

14 days

Thailand

Join a marine conservation project on a remote Thai island. Far from the crowds of backpackers and tourists, experience real...

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