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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.

Special Needs / Childcare Internships in Guatemala

from £530

14 - 168 days

Visually stunning with incredible natural, cultural and historical attractions, professional internships in Guatemala provide a true Central American experience.

Volunteer with Children in South Africa

from £1239

35 - 84 days

Volunteer with kids in vibrant South Africa. Support children as they develop their English and their confidence. Alternatively, you can...

Environmental Internship in Kruger National Park

from £670

14 - 84 days

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

Law & Human Rights Internships in Cape Town

from £790

21 - 168 days

Cape Town is a fantastic destination for an international internship - a vibrant and bustling city with business, medical and...

Environmental Law Internship in Greece

from £810

28 - 168 days

We offer year-round internships in Samos Island, Greece. Programs begin from just 4 weeks - gain insight and experience into...

Teach or Coach Sport in Brazil

from £995

14 - 112 days

Head to vibrant Brazil and volunteer at an exciting youth centre that helps over 9000 young people. Bring skill, passion...

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.

Trev – Cairns to Sydney Hop-On-Hop-Off

from £765

10 - 365 days

From bucket list spots to our own little secrets, take in the best of the East Coast with Trevl. Travel...

Care for Kids & Explore Zanzibar

from £719

14 - 70 days

Work with disabled children in Arusha, the safari capital of Tanzania, before heading to the Indian Ocean Coast to help...

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Discover Moorish Spain

from £1240

Spain

Discover the history and romance of Andalucia on this eight-day trip to five amazing cities, with plenty of free time...

LA Explorer

from £279

2 - 4 days

United States

LA is notoriously difficult to navigate for any new kid on the block. Our 2-night explorer will ensure you get...

Nice to Munich

from £1425

9 - 9 days

Iceland Discovery

from £2214

Iceland

Travel to Iceland and delve into the ancient land of Vikings and volcanoes on this 10-day Icelandic adventure. Marvel at...

Thailand Family Holiday for solo parents

from £888

Thailand

Want a family getaway that’s a little different? The combination of culture, friendly people, exciting activities, yummy food and stunning...

Expedition – Journey into East Arnhem Land

from £3585

Australia

In the farthest reaches of remote Northern Australia lies East Arnhem Land. This vast and rugged wilderness is where the...

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...

Hawaii Highlights

from £1899

Dreaming of poolside cocktails? Endless sunshine? More than beachside antics than you can shake a pineapple at? Step into tropical...

South Africa Family Safari with teenagers

from £2200

South Africa

Travel through South Africa and Swaziland, combining cultural and wildlife experiences. The tour starts with an introduction to South Africa’s...

Inca Quarry Trail Extension

from £825

Peru

Retrace the steps of the ancient Inca civilisation on the Inca Quarry Trail hike. Explore Cusco's maze of ruins and...

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