Guess what: a gap year doesn't have to literally last for a year! Many backpackers have no interest in disappearing for endless weeks and months so instead opt for what we call 'short gaps', which generally last from about three weeks to about three months. Think of them like extended holidays or sabaticals rather than epic adventures.
Short gaps are ideal for those at uni who have long summers to fill, or for people who want to take short career breaks. One of the best things about travel is that it has a way of (seemingly) slowing time down, meaning three weeks on the road feels like three months of normal time, and three months on the road seems like, well, forever!
We have lots of short adventures from regions and countries all over the world to choose from. Use the links on the left side to break your options down into certain locations.
Combine some of the best things in life with this complete gap year - surfing, chilling on Australia’s East Coast and working while on your gap year in Australia.
Venture deep into the frozen heart of Patagonia on an adventure through South America’s spectacular scenery. Discover the pulsating energy of Buenos Aires before heading south to Patagonia
There is so much to offer the traveller on this continent and this tour is a perfect introduction. See all the major highlights as well as some hidden gems that show this region at its best.
Got two weeks to spare and want to see as much of Europe as possible? Then this is the tour for you!
A blast of sunshine and sea air is a legitimate antidote to stress. Add in some cycling-induced endorphins, public art and boho neighbourhoods and you’ve got yourself a winning Lima tour.
Take the scenic route from LA to San Francisco on our Coast to the Bay! Head inland through California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada on a memorable USA road trip.
A fantastic value starter package to get you on your way as you travel around Thailand and the rest of South East Asia. Ease yourself in with this City Intro.
See the sights in New York City, get wet on the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls, revel in the beauty of the Finger Lakes and sample famous Chicago pizza.
Trek along the Great Wall, take in ancient and modern China, stroll the historic canals of Suzhou, enjoy a night out at karaoke in modern Shanghai.
Spot the Big Five in Kruger National Park, gaze out across Victoria Falls, search for rhinos, observe wildlife from a 4x4 in Matobo National Park, witness Shangaan traditions and discover Zimbabwe.