There is something intrinsically satisfying about making an epic journey. It is travel in its purest form, movement for movement’s sake. The sights along the way are important, they give the whole thing some context, but the real reward is just making it from A to B. Or A to Z, rather.
People have been making epic journeys for thousands of years and the trend is still as popular as ever, as evidenced by all the articles in this section, which detail various adventures, whether it’s driving from London to Brighton in a tuk tuk or climbing the highest mountain in the world.
The options are simply infinite. All you have to do is find two points on a map and connect them, though obviously some parts of the world are more popular than others. Hiking the Inca Trail, for example, is always going to be more attractive than cycling through Antarctica, though admittedly the latter would be far more impressive! The world is your oyster.
Tierra del Fuego at the bottom of South America is one of the most breathtaking places on Earth. Here some things you absolutely need to know before you go there.
An InterRail pass can put all of Europe at your itchy backpacking fingertips. Here's a firsthand guide to the best European destinations to visit if you're a gapper short on time.
Uruma Takezawa went on a long journey to discover himself, the world, and take some of the most stunning travel photographs you will ever see in your life.
After weeks of punishing hikes, wicked whale-watching, and putting away endless delicious food, this backpacker has a few important lessons to impart about red hot Chile.
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.
When US Highway 66 was completed in 1926, the minds behind it probably didn't realise that they had created a future novelty goldmine for avid roadtripper tourists.
A Brief Visual History of Travel: gapyear.com presents the epic journey of the human race, from the plains of Africa to the beckoning universe, and beyond.
Choosing a route around the world isn't easy, but fortunately there are some classic trails to provide inspiration. Travel the Silk Road, the Trans Siberian Railway, and more.
Any serious hiker has heard about it. Copies of hiking books worldwide have it circled, dog-eared, and highlighted. This is widely agreed to be one of the best hikes in the world. Find out why.
Felix Starck, a 24-year-old from Germany, speaks to us about his incredible experience cycling around the world for his gap year. 18,000km, 22 countries, 365 days. Amazing.
This is a story about a journey from Brighton, England, to Kartong, the Gambia, via Portugal, Senegal and the Banjul River, where all that happened was a surprise...
This 100-mile trail meanders through some of the loveliest scenery in the UK, and covering it on a bike is an awesome way to spend a weekend.
If you're thinking of hiring a car on your gap year you better check none of these poo-your-pants scary roads are on your route, or bad things could happen.
Following a fortnight’s adventure uncovering the gems of the Himalayas, Tej Parikh outlines an alternative itinerary for the curious, cultured and intrepid backpacker
Yep, it's that time of year again; the Mongol Rally. This time we're supporting Abhishek Madhavan, one member of the 3 Idiots Abroad. Read all about their journey.
We thought you'd like to know all about The Harsh Barge, which is why we interviewed Tanner Ballengee & Conner Morton. Do something different on your travels.
Lucy Grewcock has been to one of the world's least-travelled to places; Antarctica. She tells us all about her experience travelling to the end of the world.
In August, Dave Cornthwaite jumped into the Missouri River at South Dakota and began swimming towards Missouri. A 1,000 miles later, he completed Swim1000.
Dave Cornthwaite is a bit of a legend. You’ve probably never heard of him before, but in about 10 minutes you’ll think he’s a bit of a legend too.
Is gap year backpacking dull? Safe? Tom Morgan thinks so. Tom is the founder of The Adventurists, a brand that organises extreme escapades for travellers.