Despite the well-worn phrase ‘gap year’, and incidentally the entire branding of our site, it’s rare for travellers to spend literally a whole year away from home. Most backpackers aren’t gone for longer than six months. Having said that, there are some who go the whole hog, and in this section you’ll find advice and articles geared toward that.
Also, gapyear.com itself has been around practically since the dawn of the Internet, and that in itself is something of a subject. In this section of GYC (ironic "hood" speak) you’ll find articles explaining exactly what it is we do and why the site is so great for travellers, and also the history of the company and how far it’s come since those early days.
Have a browse through these articles and read both for inspiration and for well-researched advice from first-hand experiences.
Want the gap year experience but only have a university break or work holiday window? Sounds like it's time to take a short gap year!
A gap year can be expensive, but don't let that put you off. Here's how one traveller used her minimum wage job to save for the backpacking adventure of a lifetime.
Your child has decided to go on a gap year, and now you can't stop worrying. What if they run out of money, what about stranger danger?! Well, believe it or not, there really is no need to worry.
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.
That rush at the bottom of your stomach, the one you only get when you do something that defies your instincts, is addictive. New Zealand is the best country to feed that addiction.
Deciding to go on a gap year is easy, but saving for one is a bit more difficult. Never fear though, just follow this handy guide and you'll be booking your RTW ticket in no time!
Planning a gap year at sixteen or seventeen may not be easy, but that doesn't mean it's impossible! Here is a guide on how under 18's can travel the world.
Tom Smith took his first gap year five years ago and has never looked back. Here he tells us how his experiences have shaped his life and why travelling is such an incredible thing to do.
Leaving for your gap year can be a pretty stressful time for your parents too - they worry. Here are a few things not to say as you're about to leave through that door.
An employer's perspective on the value of your gap year travel, with practical advice on how to discuss and explain the benefits of your time out in an job interview.