It's A Social Network Thingee for Gap Years. But How Does It Work?

Hooray! You’ve found gapyear.com and taken the first few steps on your journey towards becoming a fully-fledged gapper.

That sounds pretty exciting, but what does it actually mean? What’s this site about?

Well, it’s about gap years. Obviously. But really gapyear.com is a site all about travel and backpacking: Planning it. Living it. Sharing it.

It’s a site by backpackers, for backpackers. It’s a social network; a community of travellers where you can research and book your trip, then shout about your adventure.

Basically it’s a place to get inspired then get out there and actually do it!

Right. So what do you do on gapyear.com?

Join the network

Macca Sherifi snaps backpackers in South East Asia

The gapyear.com community works pretty much the same way as any social network; you can put out status updates, chat to friends on their Wall and catch up with the latest happenings on your newsfeed.

Sign up as a member and you can start following tens of thousands of backpackers. Read their travel blogs and board posts. Check out their photos galleries and upcoming events. Then travel, create your own and share them with the world.

What’s the point of gap year networking? Bottom line: If you’re thinking about travelling, our social network is the place to get advice from experienced backpackers and meet travelling gappers.

Plan your adventure

Dan Plante on his gap year in India

What do you want to do on your gap year? Volunteer? Work? Just throw on a backpack and make it up as you go along?

Whatever you want to do, on gapyear.com you can find inspirational ideas and all the essentials you need before you go; we’ve got info on what to prepare, what to wear, what to take and what to fake when planning a backpacking trip.

So whether you want to find animal projects in Borneo, bar work in Sydney or just want to find some round the world flights, we’ve got loads of options to check out before you go. And when you’re ready, you can even enquire and book stuff through the site. Awesomeness!

Share the experience

Marta Napierala travelling with her boyfriend in Thailand

gapyear.com has been around since the late nineties. In dog years that’s like 100 years. And when you’ve got a lifetime of travel experience, you’ve got some pretty decent advice and stories to share.

All the advice on gapyear.com is written by you: Backpackers. Even when it’s written by us it’s actually by you. Because we’re backpackers too. Travelling is what we all love, and we’re all about taking your advice and stories and sharing them with the world (unless they’re rubbish).

On gapyear.com you can read articles and features packed with entertaining stories and sound travel tips. You can keep up-to-date with the latest cool travel stories and guides. You can gorge on our feast of gap year goodness.

So there you go. That’s gapyear.com in a nutshell.

If you want the nutshell in a nutshell, it’s this: travel, experience, share.

So what are you waiting for?

Your gap year starts here.