Ultimate gap year destinations
From building schools in Sri Lanka and trekking in the Himalayas to surfing in Mexico and teaching English is Malawi, there’s a huge amount of choice out there when it comes to planning your gap year.
If you’re currently on your year out and are about to book an adventure of your very own, here’s our pick of the world’s ultimate gap year destinations that will guarantee you the getaway of a lifetime.
Straddling the bottom section of South America, Patagonia covers huge swathes of Chile and Argentina. Covered in glaciers, mountains, plains and lakes, the region is one of the world’s most beautiful.
Still relatively unknown, Patagonia is the perfect destination for backpackers who want to go trekking, hiking, horse riding, off roading and adventuring.
Weird and wonderful, the USA is a million countries all rolled into one. A popular option for people visiting the USA is to work at a summer camp and save up money before heading off to explore the country. Jobs are available throughout the US, giving gap year students plenty of choice when it comes to destinations.
One of the most interesting countries in Africa, Namibia offers travellers plenty of opportunities for volunteering, adventuring and animal spotting.
With a number of outstanding wildlife parks, an extensive coastline and a welcoming population, it’s the ideal destination for anyone looking to enjoy the excitement and beauty of Africa.
Following a decades long civil war, Sri Lanka is finally beginning to recover and tourists are once more heading back to its resorts and hotels.
Boasting a mouth watering cuisine, vibrant culture and stunning setting, the country has pretty much everything a traveller could want from an exotic gap year destination.
Fast overtaking Thailand as the Asian destination of choice, the Philippines is a country that should be on every serious traveller’s bucket list.
Boasting hundreds of idyllic islands, a laid back way of life and a population that’s so friendly you’ll never want to leave, the country is the perfect choice for a truly magical gap year adventure.
With so many outstanding destinations just a flight away, deciding where you’re going to go on your year out will be one of the toughest parts of your adventure. To find out how to keep your valuable safe while you’re exploring the world, take a look around our site or check out our blog on the five travel items you can’t live without.