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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Trev – Cairns to Sydney Hop-On-Hop-Off

from £765.00

10 - 365 days

From bucket list spots to our own little secrets, take in the best of the East Coast with Trevl. Travel...

4 Days Amalfi Coast Adventure

from £299.00

4 days

4 days to explore the land of passion, great food and Italian customs. Visit the ruins of Pompeii, relax on...

Nile Trans Nairobi to Cairo Overland

from £2,475.00

63 days

An expedition through the heart of Africa, crossing deserts, rivers and mountains and overcoming a multitude of challenges this continent...

Essential Jordan and Egypt

from £1,245.00

14 days

Travelling from Amman to Luxor, discover the ancient wonders of Petra, the Pyramids and the Valley of the Kings, camp...

Kingdoms & Carnivals

from £3,545.00

84 - 105 days

An adventure for anyone yearning for an awesome road trip around South America’s most famous sites and undiscovered corners, from...

Gorillas & Gameparks

from £695.00

19 days

See awesome wildlife including Mountain Gorillas in their natural environment or if you want an adrenaline rush, try quad biking...

Essential Jordan

from £302.00

7 days

Start your tour in Amman, Jordan's capital and one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Take in the...

Stoke Travel Glamping

from £130.00

1 days

Enjoy Europe’s biggest festivals with Stoke Travel Festival Glamping. Because inside every hardened Stokie there’s a softie craving a little...

Panoramic Peru

from £1,335.00

11 days

Experience everything Peru has to offer, from ancient Inca ruins to delicious Pisco Sours. For an intro to Peru, this...

Ultimate New Zealand Gap Year

from £510.00

8 days

Our Ultimate NZ working holiday package will blow your mind! Experience a week of fun with people from all over...

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China Adventure

from £2,329.00

11 - 11 days

China

Modern cities and ancient history collide in the exotic lands of China. 12-days are yours to feast on peking duck,...

Kenya Safari Under Canvas

from £2,285.00

Kenya

Visit Africa and forge into the heart of Kenya’s finest game parks on this eight-day overland journey. Visit Kenya's amazing...

Galápagos Multisport

from £1,549.00

Ecuador

This adventure is perfect for those who want to experience the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Galápagos Islands but...

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The outback...in comfort? Oh, it's possible. This adventure offers travellers the chance to explore the exotic extremes of contemporary Australia,...

Classic Spain and Portugal

from £3,395.00

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Tour Spain and Portugal's pin-up attractions on this classic adventure. Soak up art and history in Madrid, be staggered by...

Dahab Dreams

from £419.00

Channel those dream-like vibes on this laidback trip which starts and ends in Cairo. Spend five nights in a 4-star...

Highlights of Thailand

from £1,071.00

Thailand

This is a Thailand trip jam-packed with experiences and destinations that ventures beyond where other trips go. Thailand's stunning beauty...

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Ecuador

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Bali & Lombok Adventure

from £1,164.00

Indonesia

Get ready for a magical getaway on the picturesque Islands of Indonesia on this tropical adventure. Travel through Bali and...

London to Rome

from £1,989.00

15 - 15 days

Italy

For those unenthused by ticking countries off a list; those who would rather get to know a place inside out....

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