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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Essential India & Nepal

from £581

16 days

India, Nepal

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Felucca Odyssey & Red Sea

from £274

12 days

Egypt

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Southern Light – South Island

from £1188

9 - 10 days

New Zealand

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Essential Turkey

from £274

9 days

Turkey

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South Island Heli Tour

from £3075

7 days

New Zealand

Welcome to New Zealand’s Ultimate Heli Ski Tour! Over 7 days we will heli 3 different mountain ranges and head...

Gorillas, Gameparks and Zanzibar Nairobi to Dar es Salaam

from £1285

33 days

Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

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Fantastic Morocco, Spain & Portugal

from £650

14 days

Morocco, Portugal, Spain

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

New Zealand’s Ultimate Road Trip

from £760

31 - 360 days

New Zealand

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

Nile Trans Nairobi to Cairo Overland

from £2475

63 days

Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan

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

Wild West – South Island

from £860

8 - 9 days

New Zealand

This trip is a hidden gem demonstrating just how beautiful and diverse new Zealand can get. Part of this trip...

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