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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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7 Days Southern Voyager

from £639

7 days

Slalom through the South Island on a 7-day tour like never before. 7 days in our luxury vehicle soaking up...

Adventure Morocco

from £318

8 days

Journey around the earthly capital of Marrakesh before you jump on board a Jeep Safari through the sand dunes of...

Stoke Travel Glamping

from £130

1 days

Enjoy Europe’s biggest festivals with Stoke Travel Festival Glamping. Because inside every hardened Stokie there’s a softie craving a little...

Ultimate Explorer – Total New Zealand

from £2300

27 - 28 days

Quite possibly the best way you can see the real NZ and top rated by National Geographic. This trip combines...

La Tomatina Tour

from £60

3 days

Come take part in the world's biggest food fight, La Tomatina! This all-inclusive package includes camping accommodation, meals, transfers and...

Mamma Mia

from £1300

13 days

Visit Florence, Venice, Rome, Cinque Terre, Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi coast and lots more with this 13 day tour for the...

Gorillas, Gameparks and Zanzibar Nairobi to Dar es Salaam

from £1285

33 days

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

Kenya to Cape Town Grand Adventurer

from £2175

75 days

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

Vietnam – 14 Day Tour

from £955

14 - 365 days

Immerse yourself in all that Vietnam has to offer. Complete the Dong Flexi Tour in 2weeks, or hop off, spending...

Panoramic Peru

from £1335

11 days

Experience everything Peru has to offer, from ancient Inca ruins to delicious Pisco Sours. For an intro to Peru, this...

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Madrid New Year

Flamenco your way into the new year with a vibrant Madrid fiesta! Spend your days exploring the Royal Palace, Plaza...

Spain Morocco and Portugal

from £1279

14 - 14 days

Portugal

Spain, Morocco & Portugal - the names alone convinces most travellers to get on board. Between this trio, an eclectic...

Uncover South America

from £4077

Peru

24 April 2018 – Due to an unexpected change on the bus schedule between San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) and...

Active Galapagos

from £2263

Ecuador

Amazing wildlife, both on land and underwater, is the drawcard of the remote Galapagos Islands. Tour the Galapagos' outstanding natural...

Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth

from £3419

Norway, Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Similar to our "Realm of the Polar Bear" tour, but with three additional days of exploring. Scour the ice and...

Myanmar Golden Rock Short Break

from £470

Myanmar

Discover a country of mythical landscapes. From golden-gilded Buddha’s in Yangon to the gravity defying Kyaiktiyo Golden Rock, Burma will...

12 Day Rock N Top

This is an amazing Australia trip that truly rocks! After a taste of the wild bush and an insight into...

Galápagos Multisport

from £1549

Ecuador

This adventure is perfect for those who want to experience the incredible wildlife and scenery of the Galápagos Islands but...

Turkey Explorer

Turkey

Marvel at painted churches chiseled into rock, descend into underground cities, walk through ancient towns and savour fresh seafood in...

21 Day Outback Adventure

Have a 19 or 20 days day Outback Adventure on this Topdeck coach trip from Melbourne to Darwin via the...

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