Gap Year Destinations

Oceania
Includes Australia, New Zealand and Fiji
South East Asia
Includes Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia
North America
North America
Includes USA, Canada and Greenland
Central Asia
Central Asia
Includes Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan
Africa
Africa
Includes Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana
South America
South America
Includes Brazil, Peru and Bolivia
Middle East
Middle East
Includes Jordan, Israel and Lebanon
Central America
Central America
Includes Costa Rica, Guatemala and El Salvador
Far East
Far East
Includes China, Japan and South Korea
South Asia
South Asia
Includes India, Nepal and Bhutan

Once you’ve decided to go on a gap year you’ll have to work out when you can do it and how you can pay for it, and finally you’ll need to figure out where to go and what to do.

Choosing a gap year destination is one of the most fun parts of the whole planning process, but the world is a big place and it can be a bit daunting trying to narrow down your options to two or three specific areas.

Many first time backpackers make the classic mistake of trying to see too much in one trip; while this seems perfectly logical at first, what you’ll end up doing is tiring yourself out and getting jaded way too quickly. The most enriching way to travel is to really soak up a region and get to know it properly.

Some gap year regions are more popular than others. The east coast of Australia, for example, has always attracted more backpackers than the deserts of Kazakhstan.

In due course you’ll be able to see a summary of every region in the world on this page, but for now we’ve concentrated on two of the most popular: Oceania, which includes countries like Australia and New Zealand, and South East Asia, which includes countries like Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.