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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Savanna Dawn Nairobi to Victoria Falls

from £1145

34 days

Get up close to the amazing wildlife in the Serengeti National park, chill out on the white sandy beaches of...

Winterless North Tour

from £210

3 days

Experience the Northland and soak up the sunshine. With a huge range of activities to do ranging from dolphin swimming...

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

from £1135

13 - 365 days

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

South Island Snow Safari

from £925

7 days

Welcome to NZ's ultimate guided ski and snowboard tour. We hit 6 different mountains over 7 days and our expert...

Canada Road Trip – Central to Maritimes

from £600

26 - 26 days

Get a taste of the Maritimes in the Bay of Fundy & Halifax. Get to know these huge and beautiful...

La Tomatina Tour

from £60

3 days

Come take part in the world's biggest food fight, La Tomatina! This all-inclusive package includes camping accommodation, meals, transfers and...

A Tuk Tuk Adventure in Thailand

from £1295

11 days

Join us on the Ultimate Tuk Tuk Adventure in Thailand - mountains, trekking, hill tribes and much much more!

New Zealand’s Ultimate Road Trip

from £760

31 - 360 days

Discover the real New Zealand from the far North to the very far South. Experience all the hotspots as well...

Southeast Asia’s Hop-On Hop-Off Adventure Bus

from £575

11 - 360 days

This is Southeast Asia's guided travel network for the adventurous, we'll take you off the beaten track and into local...

South Africa and Lesotho Cape Town to Johannesburg

from £795

17 days

Witness first-hand all that is fantastic about South Africa - stunning beaches, dense forests and abundant marine and bush wildlife.

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Rajasthan Experience

from £1440

India

Colourful and chaotic, mysterious and exotic - welcome to Rajasthan. Explore the fairytale cities of the desert, travel to beautiful...

Patagonia-North & South Explorer

Argentina, Chile

Both culture and passion run hot in Patagonia, and there’s no way to experience it quite like jumping right in...

Western Runner

from £839

Enjoy this epic adventure through Western Europe at your own pace. Start your trip in marvellous Madrid and work your...

Russian Revelations

from £1529

Come explore this glorious part of Europe on a tour of Russia and beyond that will reveal some of the...

Balkans Discovery

from £1519

10 - 10 days

Hungary

There's so much to fit in with this 11 day adventure around 5 incredible Balkan countries. Take in the Dalmatian...

Hilltribe Experience

from £345

Thailand

Pull on your walking boots, stretch those leg muscles and take to the hills on a classic Intrepid trek through...

Explore Machu Picchu

from £1269

Peru

This eight-day adventure into Peru’s culture and history offers an ideal introduction to Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most...

Cambodia & Vietnam Discovery

from £1738

Cambodia

The best of Cambodia and Vietnam is unveiled on this journey from Phnom Penh to Hanoi. Discover the region's culture...

Burgundy & Normandy Highlights

France

From our once-in-a-lifetime Burgundy river barge voyage to a deep dive into the rich history of Paris and the WWII...

Star Spangled Banner

from £1954

Between the pearly whites of LA, glitz of Vegas, stunning streets of San Fran and proverbial bright lights of NYC,...

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