journeys are made @ gapyear.com

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.

But websites cannot run on circuits and servers alone. They need 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.


Will Jones

Managing Editor

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

Deputy Editor

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.


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.


Tiffany Wall

Gap Year Manager

My Travel bug kicked off with a bang; having never left the UK my first trip was moving to the USA to study in Memphis, Tennessee. After traveling around the states with a quick stopover in Mexico for spring break I was hooked. Keeping up the theme of go big or go home next trip I spent 2 years working and traveling Australia. All the sun, all the fun! Best travel experience so far has been full moon party in Thailand, love the buckets! The dream is to visit Bali and Japan. My top tip is get as much booked in before you leave so you don’t need to worry about running out of money and missing out once you are away.


Lucy Goldston

International Travel Consultant

My favourite destinations I have been to are Thailand, New York and Finland and I'm looking forward to an exciting trip through Nepal and India later this year where I will be visiting the Chitwan National Park, Taj Mahal and lots of other amazing sites on the way. My top tips for anyone going travelling are to get involved with as many experiences as possible and don’t be scared to give something new a go. When it comes to the planning bit give me a call and I can help you get it all organised and give you lots of tips!


Ollie Harford

International Travel Consultant

My favourite places other than South East London (of course) are the Indochina Loop (where I went around video-blogging with Gapyear.com), Cuba, Eastern/Southern Europe InterRail and the Maldives! I’m planning on heading back to South East Asia asap as well as Croatia for a festival on the coast and also a big trip to South America in hopefully the not too distant future! My best tip for travelling is make friends when you get there and if it sounds fun, give it a go!


Sarah Wroblewska

International Travel Consultant

After Uni I decided to do the best thing imaginable and head off to Australia for an exciting year's travel. On the way I stopped off in the States to see the Big Apple, Fiji to relax on beautiful beaches and catch a glimpse of the Cast Away Island, and New Zealand to experience the extreme sports! Australia was by far my favourite as I spent most of my days on an outback ranch riding horses into the sunset, racing about on quadbikes and mustering cows by helicopter. The next place I’m heading to will be Costa Rica to get a glimpse of the incredible wildlife and Latino culture. My top travelling trip would be to just go with it as the most incredible experiences will come from it and the best of friends will be made. Give me a call and we can get planning your trip of a life time!


Abi Hanks

International Travel Consultant

I have spent most of my life travelling - my whole childhood was spent with my family moving around the USA, Africa and Europe. Once I was old enough to go it alone, I moved to The Netherlands and then Spain to experience and live in new cultures. I have interRailed across Europe, backpacked across South East Asia and spent a few years in New Zealand before returning to the UK. My top tip is simple and only for those looking to have an authentic travel experience; eat and drink everything local and embrace the different cultures! I still want to visit South America, India and Antarctica to play with the friendliest penguins in the world!


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.


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