Journeys are made @ gapyear.com

About Us

About Us and Our Team

We're a social network and travel advice website committed to providing you with everything you need to know about taking a gap year. We were created by backpackers, for backpackers, and offer expert advice on travelling, volunteering and working abroad, all tied together with inspirational ideas, opportunities and products.

Gap year organisations we are associated with

But websites cannot run on circuits and servers alone. They need people. Human people. Below are the individuals that work on the website every day to make it one of the best travel sites around. Some of them write the words that appear on the site. Some of them sell stuff. And some of them fiddle with knobs and bang things really hard when everything stops working. But whatever they do, they are part of an awesome team committed to giving you the best travelling experience possible.

Journeys are made @ gapyear.com, and these are the folks that help you create them.


Kavon Bagheri

General Manager

Kavon's dream trip would be to South Africa, Singapore overland to Beijing, Tokyo, Cairns over land to Adelaide, Christchurch overland to Auckland, Fiji, LA overland to San Fran. His favourite food is Persian and his biggest travel mistake was lack of planning. His best piece of travel advice is to not stress about anything and if you're travelling solo, take a group tour early on.


Will Jones

Editor-in-Chief

Will Jones

Before settling into office life Will took his gap year exploring far flung corners of the world, including the Australian Outback, Vietnam, Nepal and the life-affirming chaos that is India. He loves travel and thrives on new experiences, and one of his ambitions is to have a friend in every country in the world before he retires.


Dave Owen

Content & Social Media Specialist

Will Jones

Dave Owen was not raised by wolves and as a result feels bereft of a good story to tell at parties. Instead he became a writer, working as a freelance journalist in travel, video games, and tech, before joining the web production team. He's also a published author of fiction. His travels usually involve getting horribly lost, in places like Israel and Korea, and making a fool of himself.


Pete Churchill

Product & Marketing Executive

Travel is something that has run in Pete's blood since before he can remember. He left the country for the first time at 2 weeks old and hasn't stopped since, having so far clocked up 30 countries. The best places he's been are New Zealand, for the sheer beauty, and India, for the absolute insanity and unparalleled variety. His best piece of advice when it comes to travel is just to say ‘Yes!’.


Vicky Philpott 

Community Messiah

Victoria Philpott

Holy Philpott Batman! Vicky has travelled through Europe extensively, dropping in on a few festivals and picking up work as she went. She's an advocate of slow travel and has worked at camp in America for two summers before releasing the pressure in the clubs of Cancun. She's toured Australia, explored the Serengeti and backpacked through Morocco.


Sarah Kirke

Business Development Manager

Sarah Kirke

Sarah is half-Australian on her mother's side and has previously lived and worked in the country. She is a huge advocate of long-haul travel and the opportunities that backpacking experience brings. Sarah loves nature and horse-riding, and likes to be active outside of work and used to do three-day eventing, but feels she is getting on a bit to continue competing.


Ben Granier

Lead Web Developer

Ben Granier

Ben has visited lots of countries, some of which include Bulgaria, Kenya, Thailand, Nigeria, France, USA and the Netherlands. His favourite place in the world is a toss-up between Stonehaven and Legoland, and the next place on his list is Bermuda, though he doesn’t think he’ll ever get there because he first has to catch up with all his family scattered throughout Europe!


Ellie Gilmore

Gap Year Travel Expert

Ellie loves the sun and her dream destination would be Costa Rica to see the wildlife. She thinks the best food in the world is the fresh seafood in Fiji and she'd never leave home without her camera to capture all her travel memories. Her top tips for anyone taking a gap year are to trust the guidebooks, make the most out of every experience and take some ear plugs.


Lucy Goldston

Gap Year Travel Expert

Lucy’s favourite destinations are Thailand, New York and Finland and she is looking forward to an exciting trip through Nepal and India this year where she will be visiting the Chitwan National Park, Taj Mahal and lots of other amazing sites on the way. Her top tips for anyone going travelling are to get involved with as many experiences as possible.


Tom Griffiths

Co-Founder

Tom Griffiths

Tom took his first gap year at 18 and wrote his first book Before You Go at 22, and founded the website in 1998 with IT Consultant Peter Pedrick. He has now left the brand and acts as a travel and volunteering spokesperson. He remains an industry authority, conference speaker and consultant, with countless media appearances over the last decade. 


Peter Pedrick

Co-Founder

Peter Pedrick

When Tom met him, Peter was about to take time out from running his IT consultancy company that he started at university. You could say that running and starting businesses was Peter's UK gap year, but at 23 he was itching to do some travelling and escape the usual workplace nightmares. He believes the website is about enjoyment, adventure and getting the most out of your life.


Cormac Scanlan

The Veteran

Tom Griffiths

Cormac is a site legend. He joined the site over a decade ago as a web design intern and spent the next decade pouring his heart and soul into the business, rising up to a COO position. Although he has now left the business to pursue new adventures, he remains as passionate about the website as ever, and takes a keen interest in all new developments.