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Gap Year Travel Website List
I carried out plenty of research on gap years when I reached the end of my schooling, so even though I never actually had a gap year in the end, it seemed a waste not to share the cool websites I found, and I hope that they help and inspire you.
The list includes websites for a year in industry, work placements abroad, conservation projects, action adventures, volunteer projects, siteseeing tours, round the world holidays and much more! You'll find projects available all over the world.
Plus there are some handy websites about what to pack for a gap year, injections to take, safety in different countries, cheap travel, how to add travel to your CV etc.
Hope you find it useful :-)
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Top Rated Gap Year Books
When people travel abroad, they nearly all buy some kind of travel book beforehand. There are a few categories they fall into:
1) Information guide: Where to go, what to see, prices of hotels, the best places to eat etc. Good solid facts.
2) Language book: If you're going somewhere where the language is foreign to you, it's always most useful (and polite) to learn the basics, even if it is just 'hello' and 'where is the toilet?'!
3) Inspiration books: If you have decided where you want to go then you will be able to find wonderful books on the country you have in mind, with hundreds of amazing photos to inspire you. And if you don't know where you want to go, then there are also a wide variety of 'coffee table books' which contains creative suggestions, including books like '1000 places to go before you die' and '500 best journeys to take'.
Basically, it's best to know what kind of book you want before you buy, but in my opinion you do need to buy a book because of the wealth of specific tips and knowledge that you can find inside. Here are a few good examples:
This is a fantastic book if you plan on seeing the world whilst working, as it provides excellent details on how to find jobs and what kind of jobs are on offer - including more unusual choices.
If you can't find an exciting idea in this book for what to do with your life before you settle down, then I think you're beyond help!
Real-life stories are included too to inspire you.
Gap Year Options
- Work: Some people work to simply save up for university, but if you're planning a travel 'gap year' then the choices are to work for part of the year to save up enough to pay for your travel for the rest of the year, OR you can work whilst you travel. Whilst traveling, popular jobs include bar work and fruit picking. Disney offers lots of temporary work at their theme parks, which sounds fun! If you plan on staying in the same place for a good while, teaching English in a foreign-speaking country is a popular choice.
- Charity work and Volunteering: Great for the CV and the heart, especially if you can volunteer somewhere that is related to your future career. There are all kinds of charity work you can do in your own country or abroad, including conservation work (animals/wildlife/nature/habitats) and general manual labour for charities (putting up fences/gardening/building/painting).
- Travel/adventure: Whether you want to 'find yourself', have a break from studies, spread your wings, get more independent, see the world and/or just have a fantastic time, then there are plenty of adventures out there waiting to be had. Round the world trips are best for seeing the most varied sights, but there are also options for party animals, adrenalin junkies and people who just want to relax and experience countries more in-depth.
- Teaching: As mentioned above, teaching is a popular choice as it allows you to get involved, work to earn money and experience living and working abroad. If you have a skill already, you could look into teaching that - for instance, becoming a ski/snowboarding/scuba diving/sailing etc instructor, or you could teach English as a foreign language.
- Or a mix of all the above - Most people work to save money and then splash out on traveling afterwards. It's up to the individual what you want to get out of the experience.
Teaching English Abroad
Teaching abroad is a very popular choice for when you want to base yourself in a certain city long-term. Having a job lets you meet people and earn money whilst being able to explore the area and immerse yourself in the local culture in your spare time.
Photograph of teaching in Ghana by Frontier Official.
Gap Year Link List
- Lonely Planet
Amazing list of things to do and places to stay in the country of your choice. Very inspiring, and includes tips and tricks from people who have done it all before.
- Year Out Group
This is an amazing resource that provides a whole list of gap year companies plus stories from gappers and benefits of taking a year out to travel.
Highly recommended site for a year in industry.
- Gap Year
Provides volunteering, conservation and many other types of work abroad, and also just travel. You can even find a travel mate!
People have had superb experiences with this company according to reviews. Large range of countries to travel to.
- Sta Travel
Cheap student travel - specific gap year section on the website.
- The Pod Site
They currently offer gap year, career break, working holiday and volunteer projects in Malawi, Nepal, Peru, Tanzania and Thailand.
Offers a wide range of projects, including teaching, sports & conservation.
- Pay Away
Online guide to working holidays, jobs abroads, and gap years.
- Rail Travel in Europe
An individual's personal guide to ticket and route planning (interrailing)...
- Rail Europe Article
...and on what to take on a gap year.
- The Leap
Offering award-winning programs across Africa, Asia and South America.
This one looks like a lot of fun. They say "we offer inspiring range of volunteer placements, community projects and adventures that can be combined to give you an unforgettable trip of a lifetime. We have experts on hand to help you build an itinera
- Absolute Africa
Somebody i know said this was the highlight of their year. Provides safari's in Africa. Amazing photos
For season worker's who want a job on their gap year for a few months. Such as working as a barman on the French Alps. Some provide free accommodation as well as paying you!
- Round The World Flights
Really good website offering (as the name suggests :-)) round the world tickets.
- Book Hostels
Good for finding hostels where you want to stay. Basic accommodation at cheap prices for you backpackers!
Very popular site offering jobs in USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South America.
- Volunteer South America
Free and low cost volunteer work in South America.
- Global Choices
Programmes are classified in 5 types: Working Holiday, Internships, Teaching Abroad, Volunteering and Courses. Countries available are Greece, United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland, USA, Australia, India, China, Brazil.
- Volunteer Africa
Shorter volunteering projects in Africa.
- Gap 360
Paid jobs, adventures, tours and more.
- Working Abroad
Volunteering and working abroad. Includes unusual choices such as Sweden (which looks great in the photos)
Might be more pricey but it has been running for years and has a huge range of countries to choose from. I think i might go for the conservation project in New Zealand actually :-)
- Teach Abroad
- Real Gap
Professional and very popular gap year site. Lots of inspirational projects including round the world trips, sports programmes, conservation work and paid jobs abroad.
- Au Pair World
Being an au pair abroad.
- Au pair agency
Being an au pair abroad.
- CESA Languages
Learn the native language in a place you travel to. You could learn Spanish for example in Madrid and combine it with Flamenco lessons!
- Forum Info
Really useful links and help on a UK student forum.
- One World 365
One of the best websites with a huge and interesting range of opportunities including placements such as archery instructor / lifeguard / sailing instructor at Camp America, plus travel tours, volunteering, teaching, seasonal jobs, community work...a
- Link Ethiopia
Volunteering opportunities in Ethiopia. Highly recommended by a person who says tha the charity really look after you. You only need to give a contribution to flights and accommodation, but they only take a limited number of people every year since t
- i Gap Year
Very useful tool where you can select the type of gap year you want and the country you want to go and it searches for available projects. Volunteering, travel, and jobs available, including wildlife rehabilitation, working with children and construc
- Kiwi Experience
NZ gap year.
- Gap Year NZ
New Zealand gap year info.
- New Zealand
Great travel info for New Zealand.
- Let's Trek Australia
Australia and New Zealand Tours
- Gap Adventures
Adventure tours in a large range of countries.
- Rough Guides
Very handy guides to a whole range of countries.
- Escape Rentals
The coolest van rentals in New Zealand...I want one!
Official site of Australian Tourist Commission.
- Travel Guides
Cool travel guides to many cities and countries. Even includes unusual weddings like underground and Arctic weddings!
- BUG Australia
Hostel reviews, essential tips, guides to areas of Australia and transport info.
- Backpacker Tours
Tours for backpackers in Australia.
Great for finding hostels in Australia.
Australian government guide to visiting Oz.
- Time Out Amsterdam
Guide to Amsterdam.
- DFDS Seaways
Trips and cruises by sea.
- National Express
Travel to many different destinations in Europe.
- Easy Jet
Low cost airline.
- India Mart
Travel guide to India.
- Guide to Thailand
Thailand travel guide.
- Thailand Travel
Travel and hotel search in Thailand.
All-round guide to Thailand including places to go/things to see.
- Tourism Thailand
Official site of the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Clear guide to activities, beaches, festivals and activities. Includes blogs for info, and has a good 'do's and don'ts' section.
- Gay Thailand
Travel site for gay visitors to Thailand.
- Get Jealous
Interesting to look at other people's travels and also record your own adventures....so everyone can get jealous!
Good for unusual info on destinations, and very varied information on most places in the world.
- Yummy Jobs
Opportunities for world in Disney World. Sounds like fun!
- Travel Buddy
Forum for meeting fellow travellers and reading their travel stories and reviews, as well as lots of photos to give you itchy feet.
- Projects Abroad
Voluntary work placements including teaching, care, conservation, healthcare, sports, culture and journalism. Good choice of destinations.
- Tall Ships
Charity enabling people to have an adventure of a lifetime crewing a tall ship...looks like fun!
- Walt Disney World
Interesting forum all about working in Disney World. You can chat with current workers and other applicants, as well as viewing tips and a survival guide. I love Disney so this is very tempting for me :-)
- Camp America
Really popular summer camp where you can help with kids activities at camps in America. Looks like a great experience.
Work and travel experiences, volunteering and summer camp jobs.
- Travel Independent
Loads of brilliant advice on packing, where to go and what to see in a wide range of countries; a must-see before you travel.
- Bolivia Volunteering
Non profit-making charity which provides projects for people in Bolivia, including orphanage support, teaching english and rehabilitating street children. Realistic experience with a wide range of projects on offer.
- Volunteer to Travel for Free
Ten ways to get free travel by volunteering. There is a range of activities, all of which look amazing!
- Black Tomato
Lots of inspiration for more luxury travels.
- Go Wander
Journey tips, plus blogs detailing the travels of other people - interesting and inspiring.
- My Trip Journal
People's journals about their adventures and travels, with photos and info.
- Adding Travel To Your CV
Really useful info about how to make your gap year make your CV more impressive - plus tips on wording.
- Tips for Solo Travellers
5 tips for solo travellers to make you feel less lonely!
- Travel Dudes
Huge collection of information and super useful articles.
- Cheap Tickets
Top 5 websites for cheap tickets.
- Nomadic Matt's Travel Site
Briiliant travel insights and guides.
Adventure expeditions in Borneo, Costa Rica & Nicaragua and India including volunteering on community projects and environmental projects.
Volunteering opportunities in Africa, Asia and South America.
- 20 Top Travel Websites & Blogs
A fab list of the most useful websites and inspiring blogs around.
- Travel the World with $418
How to take advantage of offers and travel points to travel dirt cheap.
- The Adventurists
Aiming to bring back real adventure and make the world more exciting!
- Oz Adventures
Including Australia and NZ group adventures such as camping trips.
Madagascar Wildlife Conservation
Photograph of a conservation project in Madagascar by Frontier Official.
Make the Most of Your Time on Earth
Make the Most of Your Time on Earth: A Rough Guide to the World with 1000 must-do experiences from around the world.
A Year of Adventures
This book contains adventure activities to undertake at the best time of year - all around the world. All manner of activities are covered from watching whales, to climbing Everest. It contains inspirational images and a major destination covered every week. This book offers the adventurous spirit a menu of activities to be enjoyed all around the world. Simply choose the period of travel and see what's happening and what's best to do in the world at that time.