Countries, we just love them here at gapyear.com. Some more than others, and you’ll find our favourites in this here article section. As gappers ourselves the ones we love will be the ones you love too, Australia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Colombia, Cuba, Jordan… Plus another 180 or so that I won’t list here.
We may not have guides to every one of them, but I can assure you they’re on the gapyear.com to do list. If you’d like to write one for a country not listed, just let us know. For now though, take heed of the following awesome advice safe in the knowledge that our gappers have been there and done it. They know their chosen country like the back of their hand, and they’d like to introduce you to it in the best way possible.
There are so many things to do in Java, yet it's not a popular stop on the backpacking trails. Here's a guide to help you make the most of this beautiful island in Indonesia.
The Gili Islands are a great gap year destination, whether you want to party hard or relax on beautiful beaches - or both! Here's a backpacking guide to the Gilis.
Burma is the next big gap year destination, and from this brilliant account of a two week backpacking adventure through the country, you'll probably soon understand why.
There's loads of things to do in Cappadocia, Turkey, whether you're on a short break or seeing it as part of a long backpacking tour. Here are the top attractions.
The Cook Islands is known for its amazing beaches, but it has so much more to offer a backpacker on their gap year. Discover the wonders of this beautiful archipelago.
Iceland is an increasingly popular gap year destination, and for good reason. Here's a quick list of 7 things to do in Iceland that you'd be simply crazy to even consider missing.
There's so many things to do in Japan that Vicky decided to crowd source what she did while she was there using advice from message board users on our humble site.
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.
Going to Burma? Don't leave home without reading these 17 pearls of wisdom before visiting what is quickly becoming one of the hottest backpacking destinations in the world.
Within hours of arriving in Tobago, Sarah soon discovered that wining and liming are the islander’s two biggest pastimes and it would just be rude not to join them!
Sarah visited Colombia as an after thought on a long trip through South America, what she didn't expect to find was beautiful scenery, warm hearts and a new holiday romance...
Lady boys shows, Pad Thai, elephants and the Khao San Road nightlife, with so many things to do in Thailand you'll need some direction on where to start...
Cormac Scanlan believes it's time to expose the ignorant and intolerant attitudes that divide tourism in Portugal's beautiful and historic Algarve region.
Helen Davies tells us all about her experience of spending one month in Vietnam. Her verdict? She loved every minute of it and she can't wait to go back again.
Backpacking around Cuba is fun and actually really easy. If you fancy stomping the vibrant streets of Cuba and seeing what this Caribbean island has to offer, read on...
Hitting the awesomeness that is Australia on your gap year? Then read Rusja Foster's top 10 of the coolest things you could ever do while you're in Australia.
It's easy to get caught up in city life - it's fast-paced and hectic. But there's a way to chillax - all you have to do is see the green behind the gold.
Writing this, I am snuggled in my pj's, surrounded by seas of fleecy blankets and a warm cup of tea, with my body pressed up against the fading heater. I look outside, and my eyes are met with the same, dreary canvas of grey. But, while we’re suffering from our annual coughs and snivels in the midst of the winter chill, the little, Caribbean island of Carriacou is chillin' in the summer sun.
Laos is a country that people know little about and they often ask why they should go. Here's a complete guide to why you absolutely should.
From smelly smurf shoes to cubby-hole capsule rooms, a trip to Honshu Island, Tokyo and Kyoto in Japan, can be overwhelmingly Japanese at times.