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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Andes and Amazon Quito to La Paz

from £1,750.00

37 days

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

Essentially Egypt

from £365.00

9 days

Discover the Great Pyramid of Giza, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, and Aswan's Philae Temple on this value-packed...

Essential Jordan

from £302.00

7 days

Start your tour in Amman, Jordan's capital and one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Take in the...

Travel Cambodia & Vietnam

from £1,078.00

24 - 360 days

Go 'Stray' in Cambodia and Vietnam and look forward to an exciting adventure through old world cities, UNESCO temples, ethnic...

21 Day New Zealand Discovery

from £1,999.00

21 days

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

Essential Jordan

from £545.00

7 days

From the remarkable rose city of Petra and Karak Crusader castle, to the striking desert landscape of Wadi Rum and...

The Snowball

from £695.00

6 days

No stuffing turkeys or entertaining aunts, head to mighty Russia this Christmas or New Year! With fun and good cheer...

China to Singapore Group Tour

from £2,375.00

73 days

Travel like a local and experience the wonders of South East Asia, from the hustel and bustle of its chaotic...

Backpacking Tour of Japan

from £1,599.00

13 days

Join our 13 day adventure, starting from Tokyo, and find out why travelers love Japanl! This affordable tour is carefully...

Reverse Traverse – Both Islands

from £1,300.00

14 - 450 days

Experience both islands starting from South to North. Combine amazing national parks with accommodation in stunning locations and heaps of...

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Paparazzi Parade

from £1,529.00

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Russia Plus

from £1,735.00

11 - 13 days


Finland, Belarus, Poland, Germany - we weren't lying when we said Russia "plus". Cathedrals, charming old towns and endless history...

Los Angeles Short Break

from £449.00

Okay. You’ve got four days in the oh-so impressive city of Los Angeles. First up, people-watching on Venice Beach: home...

Pacific Northwest

from £1,249.00

Pacific Northwest, we’re coming for you! From buzzing Vancouver to leafy Portland and wonderful Whistler (and back again), this trip...

Gorillas, Game Parks & Beaches

from £2,797.00

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Journey through the heart of East Africa and be amazed by the astounding diversity of landscapes and wildlife – verdant...

Annapurna Circuit Trek

from £849.15


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Jordan Discovery

from £1,105.00


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Cruising the Thai Islands – ex Phuket

from £2,130.00


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Taiwan Real Food Adventure

from £1,560.00

Journey to the heart of one the most exciting culinary scenes in Asia on this brand new Real Food Adventure...

Discover Kruger & Namibia

from £3,449.00

Namibia, South Africa

Delve into the wildernesses of South Africa and Namibia on an unforgettable 16-day adventure. Search for the “big five” with...

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