With A-Level exams now firmly in the past, it’s time to make travel plans for the summer break. Here are 5 must-see destinations for your Gap Year travel bucket-list!
After months of revision and stress, not everyone will be itching to throw themselves straight into a degree course at University. Many students choose to take the opportunity to unwind, blow off steam and see the world before returning to the study grind for another 3+ years. Whether you’re planning on working, volunteering, or just making memories, here are some destinations to consider when planning your Gap Year travel adventure.
Thailand is a hub of culture and experiences, so it’s no surprise that it has been named the number one destination for gap year travellers. There’s something for everyone! If you’re looking to teach English to Thai children, volunteer in an elephant sanctuary, or just relax on a white sandy beach, Thailand can deliver. Why not experience the annual fruit festival in Chiang Mai, see the sights in bustling Bangkok, or take diving lessons in Koh Samui?
You can find more Thai travel inspiration here.
Australia & New Zealand
For many, a working holiday Down Under is top of the wishlist for Gap Year travel. Who wouldn’t want to experience Christmas surfing on an Aussie beach? With 7 million square kilometres to explore, Australia is guaranteed to keep even the most seasoned backpacker busy for the entirety of your gap year, although…
…equally popular is the stunning terrain of New Zealand – from its snow-topped mountains and glaciers to its lush forests and bush. This is a fantastic destination for adrenaline junkies, with an array of activities on offer, including white-water rafting, bungee jumping, skydiving and trekking.
When it comes to diversity and variety, the USA is hard to beat. There are many different terrains, environments, and micro-cultures to absorb and many ways to experience everything the USA has to offer. You can sign up to work at a summer camp, hop on to an organised tour, such as Camp America, or take to the open road for your own, bespoke USA road trip. Our top must-see sights include the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, hiking the beautiful Multnomah Falls, Oregon, and taking in a jazz festival in New Orleans.
If you’re looking to make a difference on your gap year, while also experiencing some of nature’s most wonderful wildlife, the ‘birthplace of man’ is a popular up-and-coming destination for gap year travellers. It’s not just about the breath-taking safari – there are a range of volunteering opportunities available, including teaching, building, and conservation. Then, on your days off, pack your camera and take to the Serengeti, or challenge yourself with a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro.
Definitely one for the party animals, Brazil has an atmosphere all of its own and is the ideal first destination to kick off your gap year! But it’s not just about samba and carnival – there is also a whole world of culture and wildlife to experience. Ever wanted to explore the rainforest or take in some of the world’s most beautiful volcanic islands? Brazil is larger than the USA, so you definitely won’t get bored.
More ideas for your Brazilian bucket-list here.
Plan and Relive Every Gap Year Memory
At Maps International, getting the most out of your travels is top of our agenda when designing and creating our world wall maps and prints. Maps really are the perfect way to plan, document and remember your travel experiences for years to come. Our top-selling Scratch the World® Collection is ideal for backpackers and gap year travellers, whether you’re sticking to one continent or all of them!
Our Scratch the World® Travel Edition also allows you to scratch as you go and is the perfect size to roll up and pop in a suitcase or backpack! Once you’re done, you can display your adventure proudly in your halls!
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