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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...

Wildlife Sanctuary in Zimbabwe

from £1,170.00

14 - 84 days

Volunteers roles are so important at this centre, to help with general upkeep of the animals, to care for the...

Marine Conservation, Mozambique

from £1,850.00

14 - 112 days

Live on the beach and join a world-class research team in Southern Mozambique, one of the best diving locations in...

Mamma Mia

from £1,300.00

13 days

Visit Florence, Venice, Rome, Cinque Terre, Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi coast and lots more with this 13 day tour for the...

African Big 5 Wildlife Conservation

from £1,264.00

14 - 84 days

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

Teach Children in Zambia

from £795.00

7 - 360 days

Working with children from 6 - 18 in a mixed school that is small but makes you feel part of...

Volunteer in Teaching and Sports Education

from £238.00

7 - 84 days

Volunteer on the Teaching and Sports Education volunteer project in Fiji. Located in Suva.

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Sri Lanka Family Holiday

from £956.00

Sri Lanka

Naturally gorgeous, culturally captivating and steeped in mysticism, Sri Lanka makes for a wonderful introduction to both travel and the...

Greek Island Hopper

from £1,106.10

When you think of a Greek island holiday, you think of gorgeous beaches, glittering water and endless sunshine. Good news:...

Best of Georgia & Armenia

from £1,015.20

Armenia, Georgia

Georgia and Armenia may sound like unconventional destinations, but trust us, they ought to top your list of places to...

Jewels of Antarctica 11 days from Ushuaia

from £4,809.01

Embark on one of the most Intrepid experiences out there — a journey to Antarctica via the legendary Drake Passage....

Mexico City: Day of the Dead Comfort

from £815.00

Mexico

Join in the celebrations of one of the world's most bizarre cultural institutions – Mexico's Day of the Dead –...

Inca Explorer

Peru

Spot wildlife, explore Incan culture and marvel at the mystery of the Nazca Lines - this tour of Peru’s highlights...

Scotland

from £835.00

5 - 5 days

Not afraid of frocking up in a kilt and jumping on the bagpipes? Perhaps you've got some Scottish blood! And...

Kimberley Trail Broome to Darwin (Basix)

from £2,295.00

Australia

Experience the beautiful rugged Kimberley on this true Australian adventure from Broome to Darwin. Uncover some of the country’s most...

India’s Golden Triangle- For Solo Travellers

from £585.00

India

Visit India and follow the famous Golden Triangle. On this adventure, designed for solo travellers only, enjoy the perfect introduction...

Sailing Greece – Athens to Kos

Greece

A yacht adventure is the ideal way to experience what many consider the world's most beautiful islands: the Greek Islands....

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