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Top Destinations

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.

Australia Flights

Flights to Australiafrom £499

Australia Tours

Tours in Australiafrom £269

Complete Gap Years via Australia

Complete Gap Years via Australiafrom £975

Working Holidays in Australia

Working Holidays in Australiafrom £135


New Zealand

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.

Flights to New Zealand

Flights to New Zealandfrom £775

Tours in New Zealand

Tours in New Zealandfrom £249

Complete Gap Years via New Zealand

Complete Gap Years via New Zealandfrom £1,695

Working Holidays in New Zealand

Working Holidays in New Zealandfrom £1,695



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.

Flights to Thailand

Flights to Thailandfrom £469

Tours in Thailand

Tours in Thailandfrom £449

Complete Gap Years via Thailand

Complete Gap Years via Thailandfrom £1,699

Volunteer Placements in Thailand

Volunteer Placements in Thailandfrom £248



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.

Flights to the USA

Flights to the USAfrom £379

Tours in the USA

Tours in the USAfrom £599

Complete Gap Years via the USA

Complete Gap Years via the USAfrom £3,105

Summer Jobs in the USA

Summer Jobs in the USAfrom £495



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.

InterRailing in Europe

InterRailing in Europefrom £149

Tours in Europe

Tours in Europefrom £599

To find out what visas you will need for where, check out our dedicated visa planning page.

When you're ready to book a gap year program, don't forget to get in touch with our partners at StudentUniverse, who will make that dream a reality!

Gap Year Guide

Gap Year Guide

We understand that there is a slightly bewildering amount of information on so we decided to whittle down all the absolute essentials into a beautiful little guide.

Covering everything from things to do and places to see, to advice on saving money and safety, this guide answers all the major questions and provides a healthy dose of inspiration too!

To browse it online, just click below!

If you would like a hard copy of our Gap Year Guide just get in touch via our contact form.

Why StudentUniverse?


They are the Student Travel Experts

StudentUniverse have been booking travel for students since 2000 and as they're now our preferred travel partner, we're proud to put that expertise to good use to make your trip the life-changing experience it should be. They've got all the deals, from flights, to hotels, to adventure tours and working holidays and just waiting to make your trip a reality.


StudentUniverse Will Look After You

You can count on StudentUniverse's experts to get you to your destination and, equally importantly, to get you home again. Their teams are made up of real people, with real expertise and a real passion for travel. We genuinely care about you, and about delivering you the most amazing travel experiences possible and making your adventure the unforgettable experience it should be.


StudentUniverse Can Get You Anywhere

Go on, challenge us. Being part of the Flight Centre network - one of the world's largest and most respected travel companies - gives us access to flights and experiences in the most far flung of places. We've already sent 15 gappers to Turkmenistan. And wherever you choose to go, you can do so safe in the knowledge you are fully protected as we're ATOL protected and a member of ABTA.


We're a Travel Social Network

We're a community of real travellers and together form the most impartial gap year company in existence. Along with our partners StudentUniverse we have hundreds - probably thousands - of years experience backpacking, and know pretty much everything there is to know. You won't find a travel company anywhere in the world with anything close to our level of expertise. Oh, we're also one of the best places online to find travel buddies, too!


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They can book your flights, accommodation, insurance, visas, tours, interrail tickets, welcome packs, working holidays and full complete gap years up to 365 days in advance.

Booking your gap year can seem like a big / crazy / scary step, so let us help you. Between us all the StudentUniverse team have covered most of the globe so we know a thing or two about travelling, use them!

Going backpacking is one of the most exciting and confusing things you’ll ever do, so let them help.