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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...

26 Week Teaching Adventure

from £2,795.00

182 days

Start in Beijing with a group of like-minded participants and embark upon a 4 week TEFL qualification with added classroom...

Volunteer in Childcare in Kenya

from £191.00

7 - 84 days

Volunteer on the Childcare volunteer project in Kenya. Located in Nairobi.

International Educator Program

from £7,700.00

90 days

Helping small communities revive ecological regions. Protecting native biodiversities. Helping to break the cycle of poverty. Travelling with a difference,...

African Wildlife Ranch Volunteer

from £1,010.00

14 - 60 days

Volunteer in South Africa at a wildlife ranch that is home to over 90 species of animals, including various endangered...

Orangutan Conservation in Borneo

from £1,280.00

15 - 29 days

Volunteer at the award-winning Matang Wildlife Centre in Sarawak, Borneo, and get up close and personal with orangutans, sun bears...

In-Class TEFL Course in Prague

from £1,200.00

20 days

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

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Lima to Rio

from £5,426.00

Peru

On your marks, get set, go! This incredible Overland adventure from Lima to Rio will blow your mind. Enjoy the...

Madrid New Year

Flamenco your way into the new year with a vibrant Madrid fiesta! Spend your days exploring the Royal Palace, Plaza...

The Maple Trail

from £1,149.00

Welcome to the lands that you brought you poutine, Ryan Gosling and peanut butter. Are you ready for an eight-day...

Egypt Unearthed

from £459.00

Egypt

Cairo is your kickoff point, check out the Pyramids and Sphinx while you’re in the area. Head on to Aswan...

Western Quest

from £719.00

7 - 7 days

Spain

Think just over a week isn't enough to get a good look at Europe? The Western Quest is here to...

Kenya to Cape Town

from £4,495.00

Namibia

Travel from Kenya to Cape Town through some of Africa’s most incredible sights on this jaw-dropping overland journey. Explore Kenya’s...

Scandi Express

from £1,019.00

Join us on this sensational Scandinavia travel experience as we take in some of the best highlights this stunning region...

Highlights of Southern Africa

from £4,199.00

Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe

When you put the word “highlights” in the name of a trip, you better be confident that it lives up...

San Francisco Short Break

from £257.00

San Fran in your sights? Wanna bail to the Bay Area? This trip is perf! Home of the epic Golden...

Total Territory Outback and Top End

from £1,795.00

Australia

Embark on a Northern Territory adventure from Alice Springs to Darwin, taking in the region's biggest and best draws along...

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