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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Legendary New Zealand Tour

from £2005

21 days

New Zealand

From Auckland, we make our way down the beautiful and volcanic North Island to the capital, Wellington, before catching a...

China to Singapore Group Tour

from £2375

73 days

Cambodia, China, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thaila...

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

Gorillas, Gameparks and Zanzibar Nairobi to Dar es Salaam

from £1285

33 days

Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

From the opportunity to trek to the majestic Gorillas to the wildlife on offer in the Maasai Mara, Serengeti and...

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...

Kingdoms & Carnivals

from £3545

84 - 105 days

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru

An adventure for anyone yearning for an awesome road trip around South America’s most famous sites and undiscovered corners, from...

Kenya to Cape Town Grand Adventurer

from £2175

75 days

Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Ta...

An awesome trip for those who want a hands-on adventure with like-minded travellers and who have plenty of time to...

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...

Essential Turkey

from £274

9 days

Turkey

Essential Turkey combines history and culture, man-made wonders and natural phenomena, as well as a vibrant and welcoming tradition. Begin...

Winterless North Tour

from £210

3 days

New Zealand

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

Epic New Zealand Tour

from £2269

24 days

New Zealand

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

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Explore Peru, Argentina and Brazil

from £3410

There are many sides to South America, from the energy of the cities, the beauty of the lansdcapes and the...

Sumatra Adventure

from £705

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Western Borneo Experience

from £719

This eight-day journey is perfect for the nature lover who wants to experience the beauty of Borneo while trekking and...

Cuba Trekking and Beaches

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Cuba might be known for its classic cars, tumbledown streets and intoxicating Afro-Cuban nightlife, but leave the cities behind and...

Australia North to South – Darwin to Adelaide

from £1143

Between Darwin and Adelaide there’s a lot to see, so be prepared to pack a whole lot into this two-week...

Waterways of Burgundy- Decize – Chatillion sur Loire

from £1375

Relax and sample some of the Burgoyne’s famous wine and cheese as you cruise down the scenic waterways of the...

Czech Mate

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India Encompassed

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From the beautiful symmetry of the Taj Mahal to the unforgettable backwaters of Kerala, this comprehensive Indian journey is a...

Ireland Hike, Bike & Kayak

Ireland is well known for its rolling green hills – so why not get out there and bike them? On...

Thailand Encompassed

from £1799

This is the ultimate Thailand experience for every kind of traveller. This 23-day trip combines the best highlights of Northern...

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