Why International Internships Are the Best Way to Travel
Many young travellers are returning from their backpacking adventures to be faced with a job market more fiercely competitive than…
Why It’s Better to Travel with Friends
We publish a lot of articles about why you should travel alone: how it empowers young people to see the…
9 Super Annoying Things About Travelling with Your Best Mate
The idea of travelling the world with your best mate seems like the best thing ever. Until you’re there and begin to annoy each other…
Why Does Everyone Love Nepal So Much?
It’s rare to meet a traveller who’s been to Nepal and didn’t fall in love with it. We think we’ve worked out why everybody rates it so highly.
6 Travel Myths You Should Stop Believing
If you want to know what travel is really like, you need to see through the travel myths that fill social media. We’ve debunked the most common offenders.
25 Ways You Know You’ve Become a Traveller for Life
Every backpacker has a point in their life when they realise they’ll be a traveller for life. Here’s how to spot if it’s already happened to you.
15 Things We Pretend We Didn’t Do On Our First Big Trip Abroad
Nothing matches the excitement of the first time you travel, but at some point you’re bound to embarrass yourself. Don’t worry: we’ve all been there.
Why You Shouldn’t Be Obsessed with Shoestring Travel
Backpackers are obsessed with budgets and saving as much money as possible. But is this harming the people and places we visit?
12 Stereotypes of British People You Need to Know About
If you’re a Brit on your gap year, the people you meet are going to have some preconceived ideas about you. Prove them wrong! (or right)
22 Things You’ll Do on Your Gap Year (but Probably Shouldn’t)
Travelling takes you out of your comfort zone, and with inhibitions lowered you’ll probably do a lot of things that are fun but unwise.
19 Signs You’ve Backpacked in Thailand
A trip to Thailand – whether a quick stop or a whole gap year – leaves its mark. There’ll be some habits you can’t shake even once you’re home.
7 Travel Epiphanies We’ve All Experienced
When you travel you’ll often have small realisations or moments of epiphany that make you realise why you went backpacking in the first place.
11 Things to Get Used to When You Return Home from Backpacking
Coming home from travelling can be more difficult than people expect. There are so many everyday things that seem strange. Here’s how to cope.
21 Thoughts You’ll Definitely Have Before Backpacking for the First Time
Before your first backpacking adventure you’ll have loads of questions and fears. We’re here to answer all those nagging questions.
9 Things Only England Can Get Right
The rest of the world differs to England. It’s one of the reasons we travel. But you’ll soon realise there are aspects of life only England can get right.
9 Childhood Insecurities that Will Resurface as a Backpacker
Being a backpacker in another country is a bit like being a kid again, and it might bring up all sorts of insecurities you didn’t know you still had.
7 Things You Need to Be to Travel Solo
Travelling solo is one of those things that seems scarier in theory than in actual practice. We’re here to give you the pep talk for your solo adventure.
10 Ways Travel Isn’t like Instagram Wants Us to Believe
Instagram can makes backpacking look nothing but glamorous and exciting, when the reality can be very different. We explore the Instagram lies.
13 Sure Signs that You’re a Lazy Traveller
When you travel you’re supposed to seek adventure and make incredible memories. But what if you’re destined to be nothing but a lazy traveller?
13 Reasons Why Not Getting into University Could Be Exactly What You Needed
If you’re A Level results aren’t as good as you expected, don’t freak out. Follow this advice, and an unexpected year out could be something great.
29 Signs You Should Definitely Take a Gap Year After School
Choosing whether to take a gap year between school and university is a big decision. Here are some signs that travelling might be for you.
The Dangers of Developing a Travel Ego
When you’ve travelled for a long time, you might start to think basic safety advice doesn’t apply to you. That could turn out to be a mistake.
5 Sure Signs You Need to Volunteer Abroad
Volunteering abroad can be a life-changing decision, for you and for others. But before you do it, make sure it’s the right thing for you.
11 Things Only Travelling Brits Understand
There are many things that make Britain unique, and no more so than the fears and deep-set issues that we take with us when we travel.
Life Lessons from 18 Months on the Road
Travel for a long time, and you gain some surprising insights about using your time, making friends, and remembering experiences on the road.
6 Things Backpackers are Sick of Hearing
If you’re a hardened backpacker, you’ll have received a lot of misguided comments from non-travellers. Here are some of the worst offenders.
Dispelling the ‘Colourful Cubans’ Myth
At first glance, Havana, the capital of Cuba, seems to tick all the boxes you’d expect of this paradise island, yet this is far from the whole story…
Travelling is the Best and the Worst Thing
Travelling is one of the greatest things you’ll ever do, but you should be warned: travel and adventure might just end up taking over your entire life.
Taxi Drivers We’ve All Met While Travelling
An inevitable part of travelling is dealing with taxi drivers. And wherever you’ve been in the world, you’ve probably met these types before.
37 Unmistakeable Sounds of Backpacking
No matter how long you go travelling for, if you stay in hostels and hang out with other backpackers there are a few sounds you will recognise.
Why Culture Shock is a Good Thing
Stop Freaking Out! It’s Fine. As you lay snivelling and curled into the foetal position under your bed in a…
When Are You Too Old to Stay in Hostels?
Some backpackers can never imagine hanging up their hostel hat but, in your mid-twenties, is the hostel expiration date looming? Or are you never too old for a hostel?
7 Deadly Thoughts to Cut Your Travel Short
Travelling for a long time can be difficult, for a lot of reasons, and a lot of things can put you on a plane straight home. Here are some tips to make sure that doesn’t happen to you.
What Wine Can Teach Us About Travel
It’s not always easy following your travel dreams in the modern world, but Caitlin Graaf found the answer to all her worries in wine – and not at the bottom of a bottle.
Are You Putting Your ‘Real’ Life on Hold?
This graduate with over 20k worth of debt is wondering if she is being naive to think she can just run for the hills and travel the world, but then, what’s life all about anyway?
11 People You ALWAYS Meet Backpacking
For every one of the amazing, never-gonna-forget characters you meet while travelling, there’s a few that fit a different profile. These 11 personalities crop up on almost every trip…
The Big Question: To Hitch or Not to Hitch?
From saving money to avoiding throngs of people to simply having a much more enjoyable journey, find out why this traveller will always opt for thumbing a ride over paying for one.
Lebanon: Filthy, Frustrating, Fun, Fantastic
Lebanon. It’s filthy, frustrating, and a nightmare to get anything done. It’s claustrophobic, threatening, chaotic, and all the rules go out of the window. And that is exactly why I love it.
How to Avoid Being a Travel Moron
Travel faux pas, travel fails, being the ultimate tourist, whatever you call it, we’ve all seen it. Here are the worst and most common awkward travel blunders.
Musings on the True Zen of Travel
Why do people travel? Why do people put themselves in that awkward situation of not knowing anybody and being alone? Is it madness? Interesting questions with interesting answers…
The 11 Commandments of Travel
Backpackers: take note of these 11 commandments of travel. Failure to heed them will result in all manner of terrible afflications – mainly becoming a social outcast, which just won’t do.
My Little Red Book of Freedom
My British passport is ragged, dog-eared and plastered with stamps, and the photo of me causes hilarity whenever it’s viewed. But it is also my key to the world, my freedom.
10 Things That Annoy Me About Travelling
It’s Not All Sunsets and Good Times I love travel. I’ve been to so many places you could definitely say…
Are Gap Years Just for Toffs Who Want to Build Toilets?
In her final post as Content Manager our Vicky reveals what’s so great about gap years, and why we need to get away from ‘gap yah’ and accept that they really are awesome.
10 People You Definitely Don’t Want To Travel With
Who you go travelling with can literally make or break your experience. So if you recognise your mate in the line up here or you manage to pick one up on the way, lose them. Fast!
Musings of a Clueless Wanderluster
Thoughts from a Pre-Gapper A new year, a new frame of mind. After constantly seeing my friends’ travel photos and…
27 Reasons Why Backpacking is Awesome
As If You Didn’t Know Already Why does everyone go on about backpacking all the time? What’s so great about…
15 Things I Wish I Could Tell My 15-Year-Old Self About Gap Years
Gapyear.com is 15! To celebrate I’ve put together 15 nuggets of advice for anyone thinking about going on a gap year. Any more you can add?
What do People Mean by ‘the Real World’?
Is There Anything Wrong with Shunning Society? Yesterday, a friend of mine, who has recently spent time travelling, was asked…
Sometimes Travel Sucks – Part 1 -Yemen
Sometimes, travel sucks. Our grumpy backpacker is mad as hell about that, and he’s not going to take it any more. Join him as he complains his way around Yemen.
Andy McGinlay Hates Travel – Part 2
Part 2 of our Grumpy Backpacker series – the bottom line is this: sometimes, travel sucks. Our grumpy backpacker is mad as hell about that, and he’s not going to take it any more. Join him as he complains his way around the world – he bitches about it so you don’t have to and let’s be honest, we’ve all wanted to at one point or another.