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.
This tour of Eastern Europe begins at the very edge of a continent. From the exotic charms of Istanbul, just a bridge-length from Asia, we will explore the very best the region has to offer.
Sleep in a swag under the night sky, spearfish and cook what you catch, make your own Aboriginal artwork, learn about life in remote communities with a local, explore coastal rainforests.
Experience the treasures of Argentina and Brazil in this jam-packed trip. From tango in Buenos Aires to sun and surf in Rio, explore two of the continent’s most vibrant capitals.
Cycle the streets of Hanoi, take on the challenge of the Hai Van Pass, weave through rice paddies and villages on the back roads, relax on the beach at Nha Trang.
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.
Track the Big 5 across the Serengeti, chill on the beaches of Zanzibar, wildlife viewing and beach lounging with a flight between safaris and the island and get close to nature by camping.
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
This Kathmandu tour not only shows you the markets, squares, backstreets, temples, and courtyards of Nepal’s capital but also includes a visit to a family home for a Nepalese-style lunch.
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.
Get into the best of Thailand, Laos & Cambodia. Be part of the buzz & bright lights of Bangkok before a change of scene in the Mekong with its rice paddy & sugar fields & coconut palms.