You’ve decided to go on a gap year – great! The next task is deciding where to go. There are almost 200 countries in the world, though obviously some – i.e. Australia, are more popular than others – i.e. Somalia. The best way to begin figuring out your route is to decide on which continents you would like to visit, and once you know that, you can begin breaking things down into individual countries.
Below are a couple of the most popular countries for each continent. For more info on any country just use that list on the top left of the page for individual guides.
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Once you’ve decided which countries you would like to visit, the next step is deciding what you want to get out of – or give back to – each place. This can involve a lot of difficult planning, which is why we’ve created a series of complete gap years, which bundle together all the essentials so you don’t have to. These packages will always include return flights and, depending on the country, help with employment, finding reputable volunteering placements, accommodation, transport, starter kits and tours.
Some of the most popular are below, but to see all our complete gap years, just click the big blue button at the bottom of the page.
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We have enough country guides and advice on gapyear.com to fill a small library, and they’ve all been written by real backpackers who have been and experienced first-hand the things they’re writing about. We’ve put together a small selection below for you to browse, based on the most popular gap year countries.
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New Zealand articles
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