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The Global 360

Our multi-stop round the world adventure!

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Trip code: G360

Duration: Up to 12 months or longer

Our most popular round the word trip
Explore Thailand, Australia, NZ and USA
Find paid work in sunny Australia

Welcome to our most popular around-the-world trip: The Global 360!  We have come up with an incredible Global 360 package, which includes our most popular destinations and amazing activities in an epic world tour: 

Thailand - Bali - Australia - New Zealand - USA

Choose the above suggested Global 360 package or tailor-make this global trip to suit you, adding in or subtracting tours to create your own ideal itinerary. You will be allocated an experienced Travel Advisor who will help you organise your dream trip exactly to your specifications. The Global 360 offers a round-the-world odyssey bursting with the planet’s best and most breathtaking experiences – don’t miss out, plan your ideal Global 360 gap adventure today!

Trip highlights

  • Soak up some Asian culture on a Thai Adventure; experience Bangkok, Chiang Mai, an Elephant Home, plus party and soak up the sun on Thailand’s idyllic islands
  • Discover beautiful Bali on an action-packed 12 day tour!
  • Have a week of fun in Sydney and Beach Camp and then earn money on a paid work programme in Australia. 12 months inclusive job support so you can work and travel when you like!
  • Soak up stunning scenery and make friends with the New Zealand Kiwi Discovery Pass, valid for 12 months!
  • Explore some of America’s finest and most famous destinations, and hit the open road on an awesome roadtrip!
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What's included

Thai Adventure

  • 24 nights accommodation
  • Airport pick up
  • In-country transport inc. internal flight
  • Bangkok city tour, cycle tour
  • Chiang Mai cookery class, night market visit and temple tour
  • Elephant experience
  • Trekking & bamboo rafting
  • Khao Sok National park and floating bungalow stay
  • Phi Phi snorkelling & kayaking
  • Angthong Marine Park visit
  • Ao Nang street food crawl
  • Mangrove forest kayak trip
  • Koh Tao boat trip

Bali Intro

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
  • Airport pick up
  • Learn to surf experience in Canggu
  • Visit to a local homestay & temple visits
  • Dolphin boat trip & snorkelling with turtles
  • Boat trip to all 3 Gili Islands
  • Sunrise volcano trek
  • Monkey Forest visit
  • Traditional Balinese massage

Absolute Oz Jobs

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 12 months job support with tax file number, sim card, bank account and medicare assistance
  • Airport transfer
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Sydney city tour & harbour cruise
  • Beach camp experience & dolphin cruise
  • 4x4 sand dune tour & sandboarding

Kiwi Discovery Pass

  • Hop-on Hop-off transport across NZ (12 months validity)
  • Open-dated for flexibility
  • Dune surfing
  • Huka Falls visit
  • Country farm experience
  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • Bay of Islands visit
  • Abel Tasman National Park

USA West Coast Adventure

  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts & 4 dinners
  • Group leader
  • All on-trip transport
  • LA tour
  • Surfliner train
  • San Diego tour
  • BBQ dinner (Phoenix)
  • Grand Canyon hike
  • Vegas night-time tour
  • Yosemite entrance fee
  • Yosemite hike
  • San Fran walking tour

We also provide...

  • A personal Gap 360 Travel Advisor who will help plan your perfect trip
  • Assistance arranging flights and travel insurance
  • 24 hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Some meals & accommodation (please see the full itinerary for further details)
  • Some airport transfers
  • Entrance fees to the Grand Palace and temples on day 2 of Thai Adventure (allow around £10-15)
  • Ferry transfers (Kiwi Discovery Pass)
  • Optional activities and excursions  
Further trip information

Take off on our amazing Global 360 gap trip exploring around the world.  Discover Asia, Australasia and America in one perfect, flexible 360 package and truly go global on your gap year!  To make life easier, we’ve come up with an awesome Global 360 package:

The Global 360: Thai Adventure + Bali Intro (Indonesia) + Absolute Oz Jobs (Australia) + Kiwi Discovery Pass (New Zealand)West Coast Adventure (USA)

You can choose the above suggested around-the-world package or you can design your own Global 360 by adding in or taking out any combination of these packages, or any of our other gap trips.

Build Your Own Global 360

Packing all your perfect destinations into one effortless, value-for-money 360 trip is the ideal, cost-effective way to see the world and enjoy your very own epic adventure. You can sign up for our suggested package, or you can create your very own 360 trip!

Choose which destinations you’d like to visit and length of time you wish to stay, then add in experiences such as diving, surfing or learning a language, or have adrenaline adventures abroad as you bungee, snowboard, kite surf, sail, and skydive your way around the world!  Or take a road trip and see all the top sights in your ideal destinations.

Whatever you want the Global 360 is tailor made for you! You will be assigned your own personal Travel Advisor so you can design your own dream global 360.

Our Global 360 Packages

We have selected some of our most popular programmes and put them together to create an amazing Global 360 package. Both Here is an outline of the potential programmes on offer in our Global 360s:

Thai Adventure (25 days)

Enjoy 25 days of group exploration with an expert tour guide, immersed in the fascinating culture and beauty of Thailand. Uncover hidden city treasures in Bangkok, visit temples, explore National Parks, go adventure trekking, meet elephants, and laze on sun-drenched sands on idyllic islands. This experience is designed to show you all the sides of Thailand’s personality and is the ideal way to meet new people in amazing Asia.

Our travellers on this programme get access to a buddy list, so you can connect with other travellers going on the same trip and start to make friends before you go. Plus, all your accommodation and travel are included! Brilliant!

Week 1: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Elephant Project & Hill Trekking

Kick off in vibrant Bangkok. Enjoy boat tours, temple visits and banging nights out. Travel to Chiang Mai overnight where you’ll take part in a cookery course, and spend time in an amazing elephant camp, helping to feed, bathe and care for the animals. Round off with a hike through the northern foothills, including bamboo rafting and a night in a rustic retreat.

Week 2: Koh Phi Phi, Mangrove Kayak Trip, Island Boat Tour & Khao Sok National Park

Fly to the glorious South, where we’ll spend 4 nights on beautiful Phi Phi. Chillax on the beach, party under the stars, and discover the surrounding islands on an epic boat trip. Transfer to Ao Nang where you’ll join a street food crawl, kayak through mangrove forests, and cruise to the paradise islands of Hong and Poda. Then head inland to the spectacular Khao Sok National Park where you’ll stay on the lake in a float-house!

Week 3: Koh Samui, Ang Thong Marine Park, & Koh Phangan

It’s back to the beach life with 3 nights on lovely Koh Samui. Bronze your bod, splash about in the sea and go ‘out out’ in Chaweng! Spend a blissful day kayaking and snorkelling in Ang Thong Marine Park, before cruising to the legendary party island of Ko Phangan. Beach, sleep, party, repeat!

Week 4: Koh Tao & Bangkok

Soak up the sun on Koh Tao for the next few days where you might opt to enjoy some of the world class diving. We’ll take a boat trip to the best snorkelling and kayaking spots as well as the stunning island of Koh Nang Yuan, before travelling back to good old Bangkok for a last night out before the Thai leg of your adventure comes to an end. 

Bali Intro (12 days)

See the best of Bali and make new friends on this unbeatable 12-day group tour from Canggu to Ubud. Our Bali Intro offers the ideal combination of party and beach time, awesome activities, culture, wildlife, idyllic islands and stunning scenery. Enjoy lively nightlife, visit ancient temples, bliss out on beautiful beaches, learn to surf, enjoy local culture, go snorkelling, swim in waterfalls, feed wild monkeys, relax on the tropical Gili Islands, see dolphins and turtles, party on the beach, go on a volcano trek, get a massage and relax in this slice of paradise! It’s the best way to experience Bali.

Absolute Oz Jobs, Australia: 8 days + Independent work/travel time in Australia (approx. 6-7 months)

Start living life Down Under and within the week you will have everything you need in order to find paid work in Australia!  Running for a total of 8 days, with accommodation included, you’ll spend your first few days exploring Sydney before travelling to an outback base camp. Chill out at the beach, take a bushwalk, discover wildlife, take a 4x4 sand dune tour, go sandboarding, learn about Aboriginal cultures and join a bottlenose dolphin cruise. Then you’re ready to kick-start your job search in Oz!

The Absolute Oz package provides you with everything you need to work Down Under, including 12 months of job support and access to a database of job opportunities all over Australia. The programme will assist you with finding a flat should you want one, and make your CV Aussie friendly. A bar skills course is also included as part of the programme.

Perks of the Absolute Oz Programme include:

  • A week of fun in the sun in Sydney and Beach Camp
  • 12 months of job offers though an online jobs network
  • CV review service
  • Orientation
  • Advice about setting up an Australian bank account
  • Aussie mobile phone SIM card
  • Tax File Number
  • Medicare
  • Free Wi-Fi access while in Sydney
  • A 12-month mail holding service
  • Shared accommodation help and advice

There are a wide range of jobs available in Australia. Typical jobs include bar and hospitality work, office jobs, accountancy, sales and marketing, Au Pair and childcare jobs, labour and trade work, farm/ranch jobs, and nursing or healthcare.  Wage rates vary depending on the type of job you have and its location. On average expect to earn between about £10-15 per hour.

After the Absolute Oz introductory week, we suggest taking around 6-7 months to work and travel independently throughout Australia. This can always be extended (although remember that your visa limits you to 12 months in total for your trip) or shortened to suit your preferences. Equally, you can opt out of working in Oz if you wish. Please let us know your preferences when booking.

Kiwi Discovery Pass, New Zealand (Minimum 30 days, bus pass valid for 12 months)

This open-dated, hop-on-hop-off bus pass in New Zealand offers the ultimate flexibility for travel, as you can spend as long as you want in each stop off along the tour route. Valid for 12 months, your bus pass allows you to spend up to a year exploring New Zealand, or if you prefer you can complete the entire tour route in a minimum of 30 days (although we recommend allowing 37 days). The tour route has the bonus of being fully-guided yet still allowing for independent experiences.

Starting  and ending in Auckland, the route runs through the North and South New Zealand Islands, going right off the beaten track. Enjoy highlights including the Bay of Islands, Wellington, Rotorua, Queenstown, Tongariro NP, Lake Taupo, Franz Josef Glacier, Stewart Island and Lord of the Rings country. Have authentic cultural experiences along the way with an optional stay at a traditional Maori meeting house. There are loads of incredible optional activities available along the route: Trek the famous Tongariro Crossing, hike or heli-hop at the Franz Josef Glacier, or try bungy jumping, ziplining and much more in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. 

Accommodation and meals are not included on this tour, though recommendations will be made by your guides along the way.

USA West Coast Adventure (11 days)

Don’t miss this 11 day whirlwind USA tour starting and ending in Los Angeles! Go celeb-spotting in Los Angeles, relax by the beach in San Diego and be blown away by the vast wonder of the Grand Canyon. Explore the bright lights of Las Vegas, wander the wonderful landscapes of Yosemite National Park and round off the adventure with a few days in colourful San Fran.

This USA tour does not operate over the winter months. Please speak to a travel advisor for an alternative tour option in America during this time.

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Arrival information

Thai Adventure: Fly in to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok on day 1 of your Thai Adventure.  An airport transfer to your hostel is included.

Bali Intro: Arrive into Denpasar Airport on day 1 (airport transfer included). You can arrive in advance of the start date and still take up the inclusive transfer if you book extra night's accommodation through us. If you wish to arrive before the start date then please let us know this in advance.

The Bali Intro ends in Ubud on day 12. A return airport transfer is not included but your guide can help arrange this. A transfer by minivan takes around 1.5 hours. We recommend you do not book an onward flight until around 1pm on day 12.

Absolute Oz, Australia: This jobs programme begins on a Sunday. You will be booked on a shuttle bus from Sydney airport which drops you off close to your hostel.

Kiwi Discovery, New Zealand: Trip begins early (7am) so you need to arrive in Auckland the day before (accommodation at own cost). Tour ends back in Auckland.

West Coast Adventure, USA: The tour starts in Los Angeles and ends in San Francisco. We recommend you arrive into LA the day before your trip as there are planned activities for day 1.

Other arrival locations and dates will vary depending on your individual Global 360 programme. Your travel advisor will help plan your individual itinerary, and you can either opt to book all your fixed start dates for each stage of your 360 journey in advance, or you can opt to leave your start dates open ended to allow for individual travel time.

Accommodation & meals

Please note that due to the flexible nature of this round-the-world trip there may be some extra days in-between each stage or scheduled programme of this Global 360. On these days accommodation will not be included, and will be at your own cost. Your specialist travel advisor can assist you with booking extra nights in your desired locations to fit in with your individual itinerary.

Thai Adventure

24 nights’ of dorm accommodation is included. Meals are not included, except lunch at the Elephant Home and meals on the Hill Trek, so you will need to bring a little extra money to cover your costs. You can expect to pay about £3-5 for an average meal.

Bali Intro

11 nights’ accommodation is included. The accommodation is of a high standard, with incredible swimming pools, private bathrooms, air conditioning and hot water. 3 nights are spent in a hotel in Canggu, 2 nights are spent in a hostel with spectacular mountain views and a pool in Lovina, 3 nights are spent in a hotel on the idyllic island of Gili Trawangan and 3 nights in a hotel in the town of Ubud.

2 of the nights will be in multi-share, mixed dorm accommodation, with rooms sleeping 4-7 people. The rest of the nights will be twin or double share. Free Wi-Fi is available in every location. 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners are included.

If you wish to book extra nights of accommodation in Canggu before you arrive, we can book this for you at an extra cost. Please contact us for more details.

Absolute Oz

8 nights’ accommodation is included in shared dorm rooms, in a popular city central hostel for nights 1, 2, 5, 6, and 7 and on a beach base camp on nights 3 and 4. Some meals are included, which include a welcome dinner and drink, all meals at beach camp, entry to 4 bars and a drink in each bar!

While you are working in Australia the most popular option is to rent an apartment and you can expect to pay £100-£150 per week. Alternatively you can extend your stay in a hostel and you can expect to pay around £140-£175 per week. Our team in Sydney will be more than happy to help you organise accommodation.

Kiwi Discovery Pass

Accommodation and meals are not included as part of this New Zealand hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Each stop offers unique accommodation options (approx NZD25-30 for a dorm room and NZD60-80 for a twin or double room). You’ll be guaranteed one night’s accommodation in each overnight stop if you want it. Your guide/driver can book it for you, and you pay as you go. If you wish to choose your own accommodation or stay longer in any of the locations along the route your guide can help with booking.

USA West Coast Adventure

10 nights of accommodation are included on this tour. All accommodation is twin share rooms in 3-4* properties and located close to all the action. 10 nights’ accommodation is included on this trip. You’ll spend 7 nights in hotels, 2 nights in a lakeside lodge and 1 night under canvas on a glampsite in the Grand Canyon! 6 breakfasts and 4 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll have to buy the rest of your meals yourself. This is a great opportunity to sample some of the local cuisine.

Minimum age & eligibility

The minimum age to join our trips is 18.  Please note the legal drinking age is 21 in USA, if you are between 18-21 you are still able to join the trip, however you will not be permitted into pubs, bars or casinos.

Though Visas are your responsibility to obtain, our Gap 360 travel advisors will be here to help and assist with any relevant visas you may need.

Thailand: British nationals arriving by air can remain in the country for a maximum of 30 days. If you wish to stay for longer then you will need to apply for a 60 day tourist visa before you depart the UK.

Australia: Due to Working Holiday Visa age restrictions, trips which involve working in Australia are only available to 18-30 year olds. If you are of this age and are planning to work in Australia during your trip then you’ll need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. This can be done online through the Australian Immigration website, or we can help to do this for you. If you do not fit this age criteria then you will still be able to visit Australia, (and will still need a visa) but will be unable to undertake paid work. Please contact us for further details.

Bali: A 30-day tourist visa is available for free on arrival in Bali. The visa situation in Indonesia is frequently changing.

New Zealand: UK citizens can stay in the country for up to six months as tourists. If you are planning on working at all during your time in New Zealand, you will need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa (available to 18-30 year olds) and can do this by visiting the New Zealand Immigration website.

Visitors who are transitting through or entering New Zealand as tourists will need to hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) before travelling to New Zealand. Tourists will also need to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) alongside the ETA. People entering New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa do not require an ETA.

USA: British Nationals visiting the USA will be able to travel (for tourism purposes) under the US Visa Waiver Programme for durations of up to 90 days. All travellers going to the United States will have to complete the ESTA form online for authorisation under the Visa Waiver Programme. Details on how to apply for this will be given to you once you have booked. If you intend to stay for longer than 90 days, plan to work, have ever been arrested or hold any criminal convictions however, you will need to apply for a visa.

Please note: Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check individual embassy websites for up to date visa information.

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Healthcare
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.

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