Most Popular Backpacker Destinations
The top five gap year destinations have stayed the same for years for a reason. In no particular order, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, the USA and Europe are awesome in every way and between them offer pretty much any experience you could hope to gain from your gap year.
Australia is one of those countries that ticks all the right boxes: amazing weather, incredible scenery, laid-back culture and abundant opportunities for employment.
New Zealand is much like Australia in that it's a great place work for a few months to boost the budget, though it's arguably even more impressive when it comes to scenery and adventure.
Thailand is the ultimate backpacker playground and offers the perfect introduction to Asia. It's an incredibly cheap place to travel and a great place to volunteer and experience amazing tours.
The USA has some of the most exciting cities and landscapes in the world, and a super-friendly population. It's one of the best countries in the world to work abroad, particularly when it comes to summer camps.
It's amazing how many countries, sights and experiences Europe manages to cram into its borders, and they're all yours for the taking! InterRailing is enormously popular, as are backpacker tours.
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