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Updated on February 16, 2016
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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 :-)

Become a Snowboard Instructor

If there is a sport or hobby you really enjoy, why not get a teaching qualification and start teaching abroad?

Photo by Snow Skool who run snowboard instructor courses in France, America, Canada and New Zealand - Click here to find out more.

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:

Work Your Way Around the World: The Globetrotter's Bible
Work Your Way Around the World: The Globetrotter's Bible

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.

 
Delaying the Real World:  A Twentysomething's Guide to Seeking Adventure
Delaying the Real World: A Twentysomething's Guide to Seeking Adventure

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

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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.

Madagascar Wildlife Conservation

Photograph of a conservation project in Madagascar.
Photograph of a conservation project in Madagascar. | Source

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: 1000 Ultimate Travel Experienc (Rough Guide Make the Most of Your Time on Earth)
Make The Most Of Your Time On Earth: 1000 Ultimate Travel Experienc (Rough Guide 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

Lonely Planet A Year of Adventures (General Reference)
Lonely Planet A Year of Adventures (General Reference)

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.

 

A World of Opportunities

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      radarada 18 months ago

      Great article! I used to live in France, Saint-Tropez, as an au pair and I must say that it was a never-forget experience! I would definitely recommend it to everyone, especially to language students! I don't think that you can master a foreign language that fast by doing anything else! You are just forced to speak it! (for what you will be greatful later on :) Personnally, I found my family on www.aupair.com/fr, and it was really easy, I've had several choices but when I spoke to them on Skype I have made my mind where do I want to go ! :)

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      XtremeGapper 3 years ago

      Could we feature on your page please? Xtreme Gap Year www.xtremegapyear.co.uk

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      firstabroad 3 years ago

      Hey! You should add First Abroad to your list! We offer really great programs to work, tour, volunteer and teach all over the world! Check out www.firstabroad.com for more info.

      Some of our most popular trips:

      Absolute Oz Jobs

      Paid Teaching in Thailand

      South Africa Wild Adventure

      European Wonder Tour

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      akinterexchange 3 years ago

      Hi, you should add InterExchange programs to your list! InterExchange has programs for Work & Travel, Camp USA, Au Pair, Work Abroad, and Intern/Train in the U.S! www.interexchange.org

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      HollieNAlex 4 years ago

      Great read!

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      What a wonderful way to travel, on to reading some more of your wonderful list. Thank you for going ahead and putting it all up for us to read like this. I so love having my travel ideas all in one place. This is totally awesome.

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      Troywilson123 4 years ago

      I loved reading your lens..

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      topbuilderlist 4 years ago

      Guys, have you tried to travel and visit Philippine good beaches like at Boracay Island? How to experience our marine biodiversity through diving?

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      ESLinsider LM 4 years ago

      If you're interested in teaching English abroad that can be a good way to get out and do something different for a year.

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      garrin-scharffenorth 4 years ago

      this is a great lense , great insite why not have a look at mine http://www.squidoo.com/holidaysindeed

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      Steve Martaindale 4 years ago

      Go. Learn new things. Find the goodness in people. Have fun. Even if future travels are tame (unlikely, once you get the taste), you will have a lifetime to share your experiences and relish the excite. Bless you in your travels.

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      Traveller579 4 years ago

      I would like to thanks putting all this together. Really peaceful lenses.

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      mueedahmad 5 years ago

      The picture that has been added with the title of "Become a Snowboard Instructor" is marvelous.

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      I like this so much I am back to bless it and add to my lens, Squid Angel flinnie.

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi thank for all the links, info and tips. Glad I found you.

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      MayaIxchel 5 years ago

      Great links! Wonderful lens!

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      Anonymous 5 years ago from Stellenbosch, South Africa

      Very useful lens! Thank you for putting all this together!

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

      So glad I ran across this lens, I love volunteering and have been looking for more travel ideas, you gave me many of them. Gotta check it out, thanks.

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      YogaAngel 5 years ago

      fun lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens! I'm passing on this info to my daughter.

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      ChenB 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens! It is packed with valuable information in regards to taking a gap year.

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      AnnaFratelli 5 years ago

      I found a lot of gap year jobs on eurojobs.com. In Europe they generally don't call them gap year jobs (Apart from in the UK), but look for internship, stage, urlaubs job, etc.

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      David000 5 years ago

      Getting this information is not very easy but this page have made it quite easy for me. Thanks for your blog and please keep sharing such information with us

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      fli8uks 5 years ago

      Those who visit foreign nations, but associate only with their own country-men, change their climate, but not their customs. They see new meridians, but the same men; and with heads as empty as their pockets, return home with travelled bodies, but untravelled minds.

      Flights to Douala

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      sea4you 5 years ago

      Vacation: Two weeks on the sunny sands - and the rest of the year on the financial rocks. Flights to Manila

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      puppyprints 5 years ago

      wow - so many opportunities these days - that is great - live life to the fullest

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      joannearnott 5 years ago

      If you are planning for india holidays, you should visit www.cultureaangan.com. Culture Aangan offers experiential rural India tour in order to provide first-hand experience of Indian village life. Tourists have the option to choose from farmhouse stays, jungle treks, visiting Sindhudurg forts, and experiencing the Ganesh Festival.

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      joannearnott 5 years ago

      If you are planning for india holidays, you should visit www.cultureaangan.com. Culture Aangan offers experiential rural India tour in order to provide first-hand experience of Indian village life. Tourists have the option to choose from farmhouse stays, jungle treks, visiting Sindhudurg forts, and experiencing the Ganesh Festival.

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      frankmburu 5 years ago

      Great information, You can also add The Maralink Eco-Volunteers for gap year adventures and volunteering in Kenya africa

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great Information!

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      ibakir 5 years ago

      Lovely lens i am thinking to take my mom with me

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      VillaDejaBlue 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      waldenthreenet 5 years ago

      "Gap Year" defintion am not sure but it must be more important than mine on "America Tomorrow" .

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      Lots of good info. Very nice lens!

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      AbsoluteAfrica 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for adding our site to your lens we appreciate it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      glad i browsed upon this tonight, 'thumbs up' from me to you.

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      SaintFrantic 5 years ago

      Nice Lens

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      ilovereno 5 years ago

      Very well researched. Amazing information. Thanks.

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for sharing. Good to see the spirit of adventue and volunteerism is alive and well.

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      anilsaini 6 years ago

      nice one

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      AsaGislason 6 years ago

      We did gap year for grownups and did 2 volunteer projects in Africa for part of the time. Wonderful experience, highly recommended, i.e. gap year and volunteering ;-)

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      JoeSteinbeck 6 years ago

      Wow.. one of these days, that would be fantastic. I don't think I could get the money together for this, like, ever.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens!!!

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      yeboafrika 6 years ago

      Wow this is a very informative list! We have just launched a new gap year experience in South Africa, so I hope you don't mind me adding the website to this comments section as it might appeal to some people looking for something fun and exciting to do: www.yeboafrika.com

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      cheekysusie 6 years ago

      Wow, I wish I found this a year ago :) I just got back from my round the world travels - London - Europe - Africa (where I volunteered in five countries with www.lovevolunteers.org) - Israel - Palestine - Jordan - Russia - Thailand - Vietnam - Cambodia and home :)

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great resource!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens, wish I had known about some of these places during my gap year

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      zztanti 6 years ago

      Nice, I would like to be travel oversea !

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      farebuzzz 6 years ago

      Nice lens...Excellent

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      puerdycat lm 6 years ago

      Very good to see your lens! A new name to me and an old idea, the modern "gap year" break from education. Ancestors, born in the 1870s said to follow dreams while young and my mom, with European roots, called it "Wanderjahr"--journeyman years--tradition of going off for several years after completing a craftsmans apprenticeship--dating to medieval times and alive today in German-speaking places.

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      aweresort 6 years ago

      I get lots of gap year kids visiting my place at http://aweresort.com/ and they are usually a lot of fun. Some are a handful when drunk, but so was I back then!

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      mavisris 6 years ago

      Great lens, another one I would add to the list (that I went away with) is http://www.raleighinternational.org. Went away for 10 weeks and had a great time!

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      FrontierUK 6 years ago

      Great article!

      We would love to add our gap year website to this list - http://www.frontier.ac.uk - we specialise in volunteering across wildife and marine conservation projects, as well as offering bespoke global gap year adventures

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      cbarnali74 6 years ago

      Gap year is tremendously booming web site and commercializing adventure specially in search for US jobs

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      BespokeTrips 6 years ago

      Great lens, but reconsider i-to-i. I used them in Costa Rica last year and their contacts abroad have very mixed feelings about them as 50% of the money you give will go on i-to-i 'operating costs'. Contact the project directly and they'll get 100% of your money to put toward the project.

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      southlandteen 6 years ago

      Great lense

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      webaupair 6 years ago

      There is a free alternative to existing portals for au-pairs and host-families: http://www.web-aupair.net This international site was created by a german host-family for host-families and au-pairs around the world to mingle with each other.

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      getin2china 6 years ago

      Amazing job you've done! I just want to add 2 more resources for Internship programs in China:

      www.getin2china.com

      http://www.internshipinchina.asia

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      jolielaide75 6 years ago

      awesome lens! You've given me a lot of travel inspiration

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      your list is awesome, i also suggest Volunteer Capital Centre they have cool programs for gappers and volunteers

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      viliam 6 years ago

      cheap golden triangle tour provide visit three beautiful city- Delhi,Agra, Jaipur.

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      brookehudson 7 years ago

      Great ideas! Thank for sharing the list.

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      LadyFlashman 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have done a lens a bit similar for a career break in India! So am lensrolling this to my Career Break in India lens. Very nice lens, I am presuming you are back from your gap year? I hope you had the time of your life!

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      oxynom 7 years ago

      This lens is awesome. I love it. I am going to tell my editors on my Thai News website to write something about this lens and probably feature it.

      I will comment here again once we do.

      Great Work

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi, I've written a group of lenses explaining how to get the cheapest fares from some of the European railway companies.

      I thought you might find them useful / interesting

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      TasmanJumper 7 years ago

      Great Lens! The 'How to Make Travel Look Good on a Resume' link is a really good idea.

      We'd love if you included our Working Holiday London website: http://www.londone.com

      or for people moving to Australia or New Zealand: http://www.tasmanjumper.com

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      fedoria 7 years ago

      Very nice lens! Thanks!

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      gumshoeuk2000 7 years ago

      Great list of gap year links. For those interested in sport based gap years may i suggest www.sportlived.co.uk

      Keep up the good work!

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      XtremeGapper 7 years ago

      Nice list and very comprehensive, Although you definitely need Xtreme Gap Year in there, a more edgy extreme sports alternitive for people looking for more adventure on their gap year.

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      goAUPAIR 7 years ago

      Great list of Gap year Web sites. If you are looking to be an Au Pair we would recommend looking at being an Au Pair with goAUPAIR.

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      leahthemoose 8 years ago

      What a fantastic list! I came back from my gap year in Nepal last year. I went away with a company named Oyster Worldwide - they are worth checking out, an excellent, personal and friendly company!:

      Oyster Worldwide

      Please also check out and rate my gap year adventure:

      Living with a Nepali Family

      Thanks!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Looks like you have done your homework.

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      iloveoz 8 years ago

      Sorry, my Working Holiday Australia link didn't work, so let me try it again.

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      iloveoz 8 years ago

      Great lens with such a comprehensive list of links. I just returned from a working holiday in Australia so if you get a chance, check out my site for tips on working and traveling in Oz. http://workingholidayaustralia.brighterplanet.org/

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Get your backpak on Na dtravel around Thailand with Khaosan road, Bangkok as your first port of call.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Surely one to add to the list wound be http://www.xtreme-gap.com The are an Adventure sport Gap year company with Extreme sports placements.

      A fresh new company with some original ideas.

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      GHouse 8 years ago

      Hi!! Just come to see your nice lens. I did my travel lens too. It's about my hotel in hua hin Thailand. Hua Hin is a charming town of clean white sandy beach. If you come to Thailand, please visit us.

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      Intercambio 9 years ago

      Very nice resources you have there. They will be quite useful for my international students at Intercambio - Cursos no Exterior

      Thanks for sharing!