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.
Dance the night away with other travellers in Old Havana, mingle with the locals at homestays, connect to the salsa culture on the dance floor and explore colonial Havana’s alleyways.
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.
Bangkok hides a secret: a complex and ancient network of waterways. Join this tour to ride a longtail boat along the canals to see another side of Thailand’s relentless capital.
Travel across this huge country on this adventure tour. In the north witness pilgrims performing ancient ceremonies on the ghats of Varanasi and marvel at the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra.
Roam the Serengeti National Park, nearly 15,000km2 of rolling savanna that shelters an astounding array of animals from miniature dik-dik antelopes to lions and the noble African elephant.
Introducing the heavyweight champion of Europe tours. Uncover this magnificent continent in all its glory as you spend seven fabulous weeks soaking up all its culture, cuisine and history.
Welcome Down Under! We’ve put together a little something that’s totally unique to us - a starter tour of Australia and help with your Working Holiday!
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.
Walk amongst giant kauri trees, spend the night anchored in a secluded bay, fish like the locals and savour a traditional barbecue in Paihia town
Encounter the wildlife of the famous Masai Mara, learn traditional ways at a Masai settlement in the Loita Hills and photograph wildlife at Lake Nakuru National Park, all in less than a week.