When you’re planning your gap year the world is your oyster and you could go almost anywhere on the planet. Whether you want bars and beaches, skiing and snowboarding, or volunteering in a Third World country there is something available for you.
Here are our top seven gap year destinations:
Thailand is now universally known as the number one gap year destination so if you’re planning a trip make sure you find time to visit. It’s cheap, there’s plenty to see and do, plus it’s only a 12 hour flight away which is nothing by gap year standards!
Another country that is a clear favourite with gap year travellers is Australia, popular because there’s so much on offer. In fact, some people love it so much they spend their entire gap year just in Australia.
Many gap years either begin or end in the USA and just like Australia it would be easy to spend you entire gap year there. Whether you want to experience the bustle of New York or a ranch in Wyoming you’ll find a part of the States you’ll love.
If you’re a thrill seeker or adrenalin junkie you’ll be in your element in New Zealand. Bungee jumping, sky diving, zorbing, climbing, hiking – you name it, you can do it in New Zealand.
The infamous Inca Trail is a big draw for gap year travellers but Peru also has jungles, deserts, and of course the breath taking Andes Mountains to keep you occupied.
The diverse wildlife, big cities, and volunteering opportunities that really make a difference to the community are all reasons why South Africa is such a popular gap year destination.
If you want the experience of Thailand but you’re up for a travelling challenge then Vietnam can give you that. There is an edgier vibe and it can be harder to travel around but it’s well worth the effort. Many people combine Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia for the ultimate gap year adventure.