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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Best Of Greece

from £445

10 days

No time frame is long enough to enjoy the beautiful Hellenic Republic, but in 10 days you can experience the...

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

from £765

10 - 365 days

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

Epic New Zealand Tour

from £2269

24 days

Be awed by spectacular glaciers, mountainous ranges, and dazzling blue water. Soak up the beauty of our stunning landscapes, experience...

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...

Northern Wanderer – North Island

from £905

8 days

If you’re coming to the North Island and have limited time, read on! The Northern Wanderer tour is a jam...

South America Coast to Coast via Patagonia

from £1895

51 days

Join our expedition truck through some of South America's most spectacular National Parks, the vast wilderness of Patagonia, Iguazu Falls...

Eastern Trail

from £539

8 - 8 days

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

North Island Adventure Tour

from £695

7 days

You will see it all in the week-long North Island holiday; volcanoes, beautiful beaches, glow-worm, Lord of the Rings locations,...

Springfest

from £105

3 days

Springfest is often referred to as “Little Oktoberfest” but offers a more local experience. Stay with Stoke at their all-inclusive...

Fantastic Morocco, Spain & Portugal

from £650

14 days

From Marrakesh to Madrid this fantastic tour visits three countries over 14 days. From couscous to tapas and from desert...

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Bohemian Trail

from £620

Short but sweet, get in touch with your bohemian side on this adventure. Peek at the Berlin Wall and flex...

Northern Territory Encompassed Southbound

from £1745

Australia

Embark on a Northern Territory adventure, from Darwin to Alice Springs, taking in the region's biggest and best-known drawcards along...

Spain, Portugal & Morocco

from £2275

Morocco

Travel to Spain, Portugal and Morocco on a journey from Madrid to Marrakech, taking the long route for maximum adventure....

Mekong River Adventure – Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

from £649

Cambodia

Experience the beauty of Cambodia during this four-day river cruising journey. Take in Wat Phnom, the Grand Palace, and the...

Sailing the British Virgin Islands – Tortola to Tortola

from £1049

Virgin Islands, British

The British Virgin Islands are among the world’s most popular sailing destinations and you only have to look around to...

Cruising the Coast of Vietnam – North to South

from £4150

With miles of beautiful coastline, much of which most travellers don’t get the opportunity to witness, Vietnam shines with new...

India’s Diwali Festival

from £440

India

Watch the country erupt in happiness and colors even more than usual! Celebrate the festival of lights the true desi...

The Road to Kathmandu

from £780

India

Head from bustling Delhi to remote Tordi, get down and dirty with the best street food, gape at the Taj,...

Johannesburg to Kenya

from £3595

Zimbabwe

Marvel at the crashing white water of Victoria Falls, the unique, sprawling Okavango Delta and the tranquillity of the natural...

South Vietnam Getaway

from £455

Observe the contrast between Vietnam’s urban and rural regions while taking in cultural highlights of the south. Negotiate the labyrinthine...

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