The Big Interview: Trekking the Himalayas With No Modern Equipment
In 1911, now legendary explorer and writer Alexandra David‐Neél gave up her comfortable life in Europe to travel around Asia,…
Visiting Cambodia’s Killing Fields
Beggars. We’ve all experienced them. Nobody enjoys being stopped and asked for money…
5 Essentials to Pack for Camping on Your Gap Year
So you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and go on a gap year adventure. Packing for a whole gap…
10 of the Coolest Things to Do in Cuba
We’re all keen to visit Cuba, so I thought I’d take a look at the best things to do on…
What is a Gap Year?
What is a gap year? A gap year is taking time out between life stages; it can be anywhere, for any length of time, doing anything you want to do!
The Big Interview: Greg Strachey on Hiking the Epic Pacific Crest Trail
The Pacific Crest Trail is a 2,650-mile trail from the south to the north of the USA. We spoke to Greg Strachey about his attempt to walk it all.
The Best Travel Quotes that Sum Up Why We Travel
Every backpacker knows all the famous travel quotes off by heart. But do they really get to the heart of why we travel? We think these quotes do a better job.
The Big Interview: an ‘In Tents’ Road Trip Across the USA
One car, one tent, and an epic road trip across the USA. We caught up with the makers of epic road trip documentary In Tents to chat about their adventure.
The Big Interview: How Sal Lavallo is Visiting Every Country at 26 Years Old
At 26 years old, Sal Lavallo is bidding to become one of the youngest people to visit every country in the world. We talked to him about his quest.
8 of the World’s Most Endangered Species
Animals, in many different ways, play a significant role in world travel. We’ve put together a list of some of the world’s most endangered species.
Taking a Busabout Tour: Q & A
Our friends over at Busabout have been chatting to some of their happy customers, and we thought we’d share…
How to Use Your Travels to Help the World
There’s never been a more important time to travel. There are many ways to enjoy meaningful travel that can actually help the world around you.
The Big Interview: Amy Baker, Author of Miss-Adventures
Amy Baker quit her job to go travelling across South America, and her story has now been published. We caught up with her to talk adventure.
The Big Interview: Henrik Jeppesen and his Quest to Visit Everywhere in the World
In 2016, Henrik Jeppesen completed his quest to visit every country in the world. Now he’s aiming to visit every single territory in the world.
Can You Find True Love on a Gap Year?
A gap year is the perfect time to sow your wild oats, but you can find true love while travelling? We talked to some travellers who did exactly that.
Making Sense of the Trump Travel Ban
Trying to make sense of Donald Trump and the things he says can feel a bit like deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs blindfolded. But we’ll do our best.
17 Ways to Pretend You’ve Travelled More Than you Have
Do you want the kudos of being the best-travelled person you know, but you haven’t travelled much and you’re stuck at home? Here’s how to fake it.
Interview: Cassie DePecol, the First Woman to Visit Every Country in the World
Interview: Cassie DePecol is bidding to be the first documented woman to visit every country in the world, and the fastest person to ever do it.
So What the Heck is a Supermoon?
A supermoon is one of the most spectacular things the night sky has to offer. But just what is a supermoon? Here are a few quick supermoon facts.
Colombia: Too Dangerous or The Next Tourist Hotspot?
Colombia: Too Dangerous or The Next Tourist Hotspot? What comes into your mind when you think of Colombia? Drugs? Cartels?…
Interview: Meet the World’s Youngest Airline Pilots
At 26 years old, Kate McWilliams is the youngest commercial airline captain in the world, and Luke Elsworth, 19, is one of the UK’s youngest pilots.
A Quick History of Travelling to Australia
The journey from the UK to Australia is notoriously epic, but it used to be much, much worse. Here’s a quick history of how we travel to Australia.
The Mean (Single) Street of Belgrade
Belgrade, capital of Serbia, is a city full of amazing history, culture, and nightlife. It’s also impossible to navigate, even if you have a map.
Touring Europe on a Double Decker Bus: an Interview with Miranda Lee
Miranda Lee spent four months travelling around Europe on a double decker bus as part of an internship like no other. Here’s what she has to say.
Opening the Door to Life: an Interview with Craig Stone
Many dream of escaping their unhappy lives, yet few ever do it. Craig Stone did it three times. We talked to him about how to make it happen.
Photo Essay: Nepal Through a Lens
Nepal is a dream backpacking destination, and these incredible images of its people and places show why. This is true travel inspiration.
Coming Home Brave: an Interview with Laura Jane Williams
Laura Jane Williams swore a vow of celibacy and travelled the world after having her heart broken. Now her story has been published as a memoir.
Journeys are Made @Gapyear.com Begin New Partnership with StudentUniverse
A New Chapter For Both Companies Gapyear.com is delighted to announce the beginning of a new chapter in its history…
5 Facts about the World’s Longest Flight
Quick read: long haul flights can be a nightmare, so imagine taking the longest nonstop flight in the world. Here are the facts you need to know.
Photo Essay: the Streets of Modern Ethiopia
Ethiopia is not on many bucket lists, despite it being a rapidly changing and developing country. These images show Ethiopia like you’ve never seen it.
5 Landmarks Saved from Demolition
Landmarks are an important part of travel, but these world famous sights were only intended to be temporary fixtures.
Why Should You Visit Uluru (Ayer’s Rock)?
Here is everything you need to know in one minute about Australia’s GIGANTIC Uluru, the monolithic heart of the otherworldly Aussie Outback.
Destination Thailand: Katy Colins Interview
Katy Colins thought life was over when her relationship ended weeks before the wedding. So she went travelling, and now she’s publishing a book.
Don’t Waste a Gap Year By Being Wasted
Drinking is a big part of travel culture, but if you don’t drink it shouldn’t put you off taking a gap year. Here’s some advice to help you cope.
An Amazing Tour Through Nepal and India
Gap Year Travel Expert Lucy Goldston has just returned from taking an amazing tour which took her from Kathmandu in Nepal to Delhi in India.
2016: The Year of Travel, No Excuses!
There are few better times than the beginning of a shiny new year to make your travel dreams a glorious reality. Here’s how to make it happen for you.
Humbug! How the British Stole Christmas
Many things we consider traditionally British at Christmas are actually nicked from overseas. We trace the origins of some particular festive favourites.
8 Fictional Travel Companies Not To Trust
Things sometimes go wrong when travelling, but not quite as badly as when you book a holiday with these fictional travel companies.
2 Weeks Travelling the East Coast of Oz
Travelling the East Coast of Australia in two weeks is a bit of a stretch but definitely doable for the highlights, as you can see here!
Photo Essay: Marvel at Magnificent Malta
Explore An Ancient Island Getaway You might see Malta as a quick holiday destination, and with plentiful beaches and great…
Photo Essay: Beneath the Red Sea’s Waves
The beautiful world beneath the waves of the Red Sea is a bustling metropolis of marine life. Take a sneak peek through a scuba diver’s lens into this vibrant aquatic landscape.
In Search of Istanbul: A Tale of Two Cities
To foreigners, Istanbul is too easily seen as something that has already happened, like a wayward ghost, or a relic so entrenched in its own glorious past it’s unable to adapt to the present.
The World’s 7 Biggest Travel Mysteries
The world is getting smaller, but it’s still full of mystery. We explore some of the biggest, weirdest travel mysteries this planet has to offer, and see if we can uncover the truth.
Photo Essay: Iceland’s People and Places
Iceland is one of the most photogenic countries on the planet. So you get amazing photos of epic landscapes, like these, but not always without people standing in front of them…
Dreamily Surreal Scenes from Suffolk, UK
The county of Suffolk, on the east coast of England, has been captured in stunning clarity by local photographer Liam Frankland in these dreamily surreal shots.
Fighting for Conservation in Zimbabwe
Conservation work in Zimbabwe is extensive and important, but often hindered by the attitudes of the government. Here’s why it’s worth ignoring the press and helping out.
3-2-1, Bungee! The Ultimate Leap of Faith
Nothing compares to the absurdly terrifying and absolutely exhilarating experience that is a bungee jump. To step off that platform is to win and lose a battle at the same time.
Photo Essay: The Stunning San Blas Islands
Discovering Paradise in Panama The travel industry is notorious for digitally enhancing images. At the click of a button barely…
Infographic: How to Beat Jet Lag
A Tired and Tested Chunk of Advice Infographic created by Travel Bag.
The Weirdest Solar Eclipse Superstitions
Seeing a total solar eclipse can be a once in a lifetime event, but for many it was a cause of fear. Here are some of the direst superstitions ever believed about them.
Truly Awful Amazon Travel Book Reviews
We love travel books, but apparently not everyone does. We’ve collected some of the strangest, angriest, weirdest Amazon reviews of the best travel books for your pleasure.
The 6 Most Badass Women Travellers
From the dawn of adventure through to the present day, women have played a vital role in our discovery of the world. Here are some of the most badass female travellers.
A Farewell to Gapyear.com
Cormac Scanlan has never been described as a heart-on-the-sleeve, Bridget-Jones-watching, effeminate bridezilla, but this was his last day at gapyear.com.
Guided Tours Vs Travelling Independently
If you’ve spent your life savings on flights to the other side of the world, chances are you’ll want to make the most of your travelling experience. Read this to find out how.
Africa Cup of Nations’ Most Colourful Fans
Africa Celebrates Its Football Heroes The biannual Africa Cup of Nations kicked off over the weekend in Equatorial Guinea, a…
The Utterly Mesmerising Mosques of Iran
Extraordinary Photographs Capture Beautiful Interiors of Iran’s Mosques Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji has captured the world’s attention with his extraordinary…
Ten Years on from the Thailand Tsunami
It’s been 10 years since the terrible Asian tsunami that killed thousands. Lucy Kennedy remembers her visit to Thailand in the months following the disaster.
How to Survive Israel as an Atheist
A trip to Israel might not seem appealing if you’re an atheist. Here’s how to enjoy the Holy Land even if you have no interest at all in religious sites and relics.
Catching up with the Founder of Liftshare
Ali Clabburn on Saving Cash, Sharing Economies and Hitchhiking Driving home for Christmas Ali Clabburn was facing a serious dilemma….