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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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Africa Overland Coast to Coast

from £1,695.00

56 days

Travelling overland from Kenya to the Cape, this trip is for adventurous travelers who are willing to be part of...

Ultimate Thailand

from £560.00

11 days

Explore Bangkok’s temples and night life, wake up in the jungle on our floating raft houses, see baby monkeys in...

7 Day Southern Loop

from £589.00

7 days

Join our Southern Loop as we hit all the key spots in the upper South Island. We will wind our...

Hot Rocks – North Island Adventure

from £900.00

9 - 10 days

Experience the best of the North Island on this unique tour which combines accommodation in stunning locations with optional activities,...

Ultimate Explorer

from £2,150.00

28 days

Top rated by National Geographic this is the best way to explore the outdoor beauty and excitement of New Zealand....

Summer Blast – South Island

from £1,687.00

16 - 19 days

Experience the best of the South Island on this all points covered tour with stunning accommodation, amazing hikes, awesome bike...

21 Day New Zealand Discovery

from £1,999.00

21 days

This could possibly be the BEST 3 weeks of your life!!!

Eastern Trail

from £539.00

8 - 8 days

Laze in the sun, travel back in time, and explore bustling cosmopolitan capitals of this undiscovered side of Eastern Europe.

Egypt & Jordan Discovered By Land

from £533.00

15 days

Journey through Egypt and Jordan, visit some of the most astounding sites from the old world. Discover two of the...

Far East Explorer

from £1,325.00

32 days

Uncover the mysteries of the Far East! A group adventure tour through China, Laos and Vietnam, including some of the...

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Laos & Cambodia Highlights

from £1,440.00

The highlights tour. See the best of the best in Bangkok, haggle and feast in Chiang Mai, chill on a...

Cape Town to Zanzibar

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Complete Scandinavia

from £4,880.00

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It’s fair to say, Scandinavia is having a moment. Perhaps several moments. With cutting edge minimalist design, five-star fusion cuisine,...

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Experience the serenity of northern Thailand while exploring the notorious Golden Triangle region. Beginning and ending in the charismatic city...

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This tour will introduce you to the best of Peru, from ruins high in the Andes to wildlife deep in...

South India Real Food Adventure

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Discover the incredible flavours of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala on this Real Food Adventure through South India. Dine on...

Coast to Vegas

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Complete Central America

from £3,748.00

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Discover the heart of Mexico's Aztec, Zapotec, Mayan and Spanish cultures on this journey spanning ruins, pueblos and beaches. Arrive...

Golden States

from £1,485.00

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Madrid to Lisbon

from £1,725.00

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From hidden bays in southern Portugal to homely dinners in Madrid. You may be a tourist technically speaking, but the...

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