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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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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...

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...

Fantasy Gap Year on 3 Continents

from £7,299.00

210 days

Too many countries to choose from? Why not join this incredible 30 week adventure in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and...

Thailand Coastal Conservation

from £1,095.00

14 days

Assist in the conservation of Thailand’s natural environment on this all-encompassing expedition.

In-Class TEFL Course in London

from £1,425.00

20 days

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

Elephant Protection Volunteering

from £269.00

7 - 56 days

Take part in this amazing opportunity that seeks to promote sustainable elephant-based tourism, benefiting the local community and the elephants,...

Conservation Volunteering in Thailand

from £1,125.00

14 days

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

Check out these top tours for your gap year

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Ecuador Amazon Jungle – 4 days

from £1,085.00

Ecuador

Discover the secrets of the Ecuadorian Amazon on this breathtaking tour into the heart of the jungle. Take guided walks...

Complete Galápagos – Yolita

from £5,299.00

Ecuador

For those looking to spend more time in the Galápagos, this 17-day itinerary includes visits to several islands and loads...

African Insight

from £795.00

Enjoy a tasty little serving of the best Africa has to offer on this week-long safari between bustling Johannesburg and...

China Family Holiday

from £3,134.00

China

Take the family on a memorable adventure through China to see all sides of this colourful, cultural and naturally beautiful...

Lake Titicaca & Machu Picchu Independent Adventure

from £1,619.00

Peru

Spend eight days exploring the land of the Incas, including Lima, Lake Titicaca, and Cusco. Visit the highest lake in...

Rocky Mountain High

from £2,099.00

This trip is a high-altitude, high-adrenaline adventure! It’s a firm favourite with our tour leaders and for good reason. Take...

Eastern Exposure

from £1,249.00

Come tour Eastern Europe with us and discover for yourself what all the fuss is about. Since the political Iron...

Peru Real Food Adventure, with Amazon Extension

from £2,455.00

Peru

Peruvian food and topography go hand in hand. Using what pachamama (mother earth) gave them, the Peruvians have developed a...

Waikiki Explorer

from £295.00

2 - 4 days

United States

Ready for the ultimate vacation destination? Want to get your fill of Hawaii's unparalleled physical beauty? We'll set up with...

Discover Tasmania

from £2,295.00

Australia

On any given drive throughout Australia’s rugged outback, the land slowly shifts from flourishing forests to rugged mountains as you...

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