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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Big One – 26 Days Across Central and East Coast of Canada

from £800

26 days


Experience it all. Great outdoors, national parks, epic citiesm quant towns. Gaspesie, Laurentians, Algonquin, Bay of Fundy, and Cabot Trail....

Europe Tour with Gapforce

from £1,500

14 - 28 days

Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, N...

Don’t travel alone, join our fun group every June and July to explore Europe with our UK leader.

Toki 14-day tour of Japan

from £1990

14 days


From Tokyo's futuristic neon lights and the rice fields of Izumo, to Kyoto's ancient temples and pristine beaches of the...

Nippon 1-Month Tour of Japan

from £4520

30 days


From Tokyo's futuristic neon lights and Kyoto's ancient temples, to trekking through the forests of the mountain mystics and enjoying...

Yamabushi 16-day tour of Japan

from £2500

16 days


Not your average tourist experience, this tour is specifically designed for the nature lovers out there. See a completely different...

Southern Trans Oceanic Quito to Rio via Buenos Aires

from £2475

69 days

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru

Explore the Amazon Jungle, Hike the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, view the stunning Iguazu Falls and spend time...

Colombian Adventure Cartagena to Lima

from £1895

39 days

Colombia, Ecuador, Peru

Experience the flavours, curiosities and contradictions of these three fascinating South American countries.

Andes and Amazon Quito to La Paz

from £1750

37 days

Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru

Experience the Amazon rainforest at first-hand in a jungle lodge, follow the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, stay overnight with...

Peaks and Plains Lima to Buenos Aires

from £1675

35 days

Argentina, Bolivia, Peru

From trekking in the mountains to dancing the tango, this trip has it all.

Tropics of South America Rio to Manaus via The Guianas

from £3175

57 days

Brazil, Guyana

Explore some of Latin America’s most vibrant and colourful cities, pristine coastline, rich and verdant landscapes and search for diverse...

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