Gap Year Destinations

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You’ve decided to go on a gap year – great! The really tricky bit is working out where in the world you’re going to go. There are almost two hundred countries in the world. Some (g’day Australia!) are more popular gap year destinations than others and have well established tourist infrastructure, while others are a little more off-the-beaten-track. You’ll also need to consider what route you will take across your chosen region, and which countries are realistic to see in a single trip.

Don’t worry, it’s more fun than it sounds! You’re putting together the trip of a lifetime, remember. Sticking to popular gap year destinations like USA, France, New Zealand and Peru will make your life easier, as they’re well-equipped to provide amazing experiences – like tours, volunteering placements and jobs – for backpackers of all sorts. Thailand is also a brilliant base to kick off a wider-ranging gap year around South East Asia. If you’re feeling bolder, or simply want to see something a little different, there are plenty of gap year destinations for that too.

The best thing you can do is have a look around and see which destinations grab you. You can use this page to find loads of information on continents and countries. Scroll up, and you can click on the interactive map to break it down by region, and then country. Or continue down to find out more about the best backpacker destinations. It’s time to start ticking off that bucket list!

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San Vino Wine Fight

from £60

1 days

Spain is renown for throwing unique fiestas and the world’s biggest red wine fight is one of them! Stay with...

Oktoberfest Party Train from London

from £450

3 days

Spend time downing steins of beer, singing on table tops and befriending old German men!  Stoke's Oktoberfest Party Train will...

Felucca Odyssey & Red Sea

from £274

12 days

Take a journey through Cairo and Dahab which encompasses some of the most astounding sites from the old world. Marvel...

Essential Turkey

from £274

9 days

Essential Turkey combines history and culture, man-made wonders and natural phenomena, as well as a vibrant and welcoming tradition. Begin...

Sydney to Blue Mountains Day Trip

from £99

1 - 30 days

From the three sisters to beautiful waterfalls, explore the best of the Blue Mountains with Loka.

Kamchatka Adventure

from £2107

13 days

Rafting, climbing, flying by a helicopter and exploring volcanoes - everything is combined in this exciting adventure. The holiday you...

Sziget Festival

from £469

4 - 4 days

You’ll find yourself pogoing to Hungarian Gypsy-folk jazz, crowd surfing in a metal mosh pit, and jiving to chart smashing-summer...

Kyrgyzstan Overland

from £575

15 days

Join this expedition to venture off the tourist trail through Kyrgyzstan and take in the stunning scenery in one of...

Vietnam – 14 Day Tour

from £955

14 - 365 days

Immerse yourself in all that Vietnam has to offer. Complete the Dong Flexi Tour in 2weeks, or hop off, spending...

Eastern Highlights

from £539

8 days

Their cobbled lanes are useless for cars, their castles have terrible insulation, and their Baroque buildings cost a fortune to...

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Across Central America

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Sapa Adventure

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Slovenia: Hike, Bike & Raft

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Travel through Morocco and Spain. From the splendidly chaotic medina of Marrakech, through the ancient city of Seville, to the...

Jordan: Women’s Expedition

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This is a pretty epic trip. Mexico, Belize and Guatemala… ie Maya ruins, tacos, Mexican markets, mezcal, waterfalls, dancing in...

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