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.
The ultimate Eastern European experience, from the Bohemian capital to the Croatian coastline. This trip has history, culture, cities and national parks. Enjoy these classic destinations.
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
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.
Join this Phnom Penh tour to visit the sombre spots made infamous by the Khmer Rouge and learn about the politics that continue to shape this country.
Sailing in the Mediterranean is a pretty seriously idyllic way to spend a summer at the best of times, but when you’ve got your whole gap year to do it, what could be better?
Whether you’re exploring the World Heritage Site at Chichen Itza or tasting some authentic Mexican food, there’s something for everyone on this trip to the heart of Central America.
This fun and dynamic tour of Lima connects you with the heart and soul of this fascinating Peruvian city, from the people that really know what it’s like to live there – the locals.
Savour South Australian wine in the Clare Valley, bed down at a traditional Outback station, catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset and explore the peace of the Red Centre itself.
This tour takes in the big 4 of eastern Europe - Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Budapest. Having two or three nights in each city will mean you have a chance to discover the cities in depth.