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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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Featured Experiences

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.

Nile Trans Nairobi to Cairo Overland

from £2475

63 days

Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan

An expedition through the heart of Africa, crossing deserts, rivers and mountains and overcoming a multitude of challenges this continent...

Conservation Volunteering in New Zealand

from £815

14 days

New Zealand

Head to gorgeous New Zealand and travel out to project sites on the North or South Island, or why not...

JUCY Campervans – Australia

from £270

7 days

Australia

Our Australian fleet is now available from 7 convenient locations in 6 of Australia’s major cities. Our range of campers...

Southern Light – South Island

from £1188

9 - 10 days

New Zealand

If your visiting the South islands and want a shorter trip that ensures you will enjoy New Zealand’s finest natural...

Wildlife Conservation Internships in Costa Rica

from £1190

28 - 168 days

Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers unparalleled natural beauty within a rapidly developing economy. Looking for an internship which combines adventure travel with...

Environmental Internship in Kruger National Park

from £670

14 - 84 days

South Africa

If you're passionate about ecology, wildlife conservation, predator research and reserve management, this internship is for you!

Big 5 Conservation Experience in South Africa

from £935

14 - 84 days

South Africa

Witness South Africa's fabulous 'Big 5' whilst helping to protect flora and fauna on this beautiful game reserve. Work alongside...

South East Asia Adventure Trail

from £1295

28 - 70 days

Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam

Travel with us to ancient Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, lands of unimaginable beauty, on an adventure that will take you...

Big Cat Wildlife Research

from £1264

14 - 84 days

Kenya

Assist in the conservation efforts of the Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya's Masai Mara Reserve by monitoring wildlife and conducting important...

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Topdeck’s popular trip from Melbourne to Alice Springs

from £1829.00

Time to get down south and outback. A trip with the perfect mix of jaw-dropping scenery, masses of wildlife, cool...

Alaska Kenai & Denali Adventure

from £1303.2GBP

For travellers looking to explore a more remote corner of North America at a faster (and active) pace, this eight-day...

Cape Town & Kruger Encompassed

Savvy travellers know that a genuine African wildlife safari experience need not be all sweat and struggle. We built this...

Greece Sailing Adventure – Cyclades Islands

from £876.00

Give in to dreams of sailing the Greek Islands on this seafaring adventure around the renowned Cyclades Islands. Bliss out...

China like you’ve never seen it before.

from £2399.00

Oh my China! Prepare yourself for a whirlwind adventure and sample the best that this country has to offer. We’re...

Explore Costa Rica

from £1511.1GBP

Costa Rica may be small but it offers big adventure. This two-week tour ventures off the beaten path to a...

Best of China

From cosmopolitan cities to ancient capitals and surreal rural scenery, China’s stunning diversity offers adventurous visitors to the Middle Kingdom...

Sri Lanka Land & Sea

from £1899GBP

We can’t blame you if you want to experience everything Sri Lanka has to offer – the history, the beaches,...

Japan Hike, Bike & Kayak

from £2889.15GBP

Get off the beaten track in Japan and experience parts of the country other big-city tours tend to skip. This...

Mexico–Cities, Cuisine & Ruins

from £679.15GBP

From the hustle of modern Mexico City, which preserves its magic from centuries gone by, to the ruins at Chichén...

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