Switch Up 360

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Duration: Up to 12 months or longer

Trip code: S360

We’ve taken our awesome Global 360 package and flipped it on its head! Defy the easterly spin of the earth and head west, ticking off five magical countries as you go! Begin with a 2-week road trip around America and take in electric cities, gorgeous forests, and spectacular deserts. Continue the adventure Down Under with a flexible travel pass around New Zealand then jet across to Fiji and hop from island to island in search of the perfect beach before doing a fantastic jobs package in Australia – live and work in Oz for up to a year! Round off your global experience with an adventure tour around Thailand and soak up stunning landscapes and explosive nightlife. And if you want more you can throw in any of our other awesome programmes for the ultimate tailored experience!

Trip highlights

  • Get the classic road trip experience in America – see the best of east and west!
  • Go island-hopping in Fiji and bus-tripping in New Zealand
  • Get paid work in Australia for up to 12 months!
  • Go adventuring and partying in Thailand
  • Fully flexible – add in any of our other programmes in any country and build your own adventure!
Further trip information

Itinerary

Explore the world from east to west with our fantastic Switch-Up 360 package! Begin with a road trip across the USA, then explore New Zealand and Fiji, before settling down for a working holiday in Australia. Round off the adventure with an action-packed tour around Thailand!

Please note: We try to run as many of our start dates back-to-back, so that you can finish one programme and head straight into your next adventure. On occasional start dates there may be days in between where you will need to arrange your own accommodation. This is a great opportunity to explore more of these countries for yourself. Speak to us and we can help you organise incredible interim experiences!

Please note: Flights between destinations are not included as part of this package trip. Speak to our flights team to organize these journeys before you leave the UK.

USA

Best of the US Express: 14 days

Day 1: New York City. Arrive at any time and meet your tour guide and the rest of your group.

Day 2: New York City/Washington DC. Brief orientation walk around NYC. Begin your road trip adventure by driving to the capital of the USA, Washington DC. Take a tour of the city’s monuments by moonlight.

Day 3: Washington DC. Free time to explore this richly cultural and historic city.

Day 4: Washington DC/Appalachia. Visit the Arlington National Cemetery. Drive through Shenandoah National Park. Camp in Appalachia.

Day 5: Appalachia/Nashville. Continue towards Nashville, the country music capital of the world.

Day 6: Nashville/Memphis. Visit the home of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Memphis.

Day 7: Memphis/New Orleans. Drive down to colourful New Orleans and enjoy free time exploring the city.

Day 8: New Orleans/Los Angeles. Hop on a plane and traverse the US from east to west. Land in L.A. in the evening.

Day 9: Los Angeles/Lake Havasu. Cruise around the celebrity hot-spots of L.A. and then head into Joshua Tree National Park. Camp at Lake Havasu.

Day 10: Lake Havasu/Grand Canyon. Visit the Grand Canyon, and hike around its southern rim, or descend into the depths of the gorge. Watch the sun set while enjoying pizza with your group and your guide.

Day 11: Grand Canyon/Las Vegas. Join the iconic Route 66 and head to Las Vegas.

Day 12: Las Vegas/Bishop. Make your way through the sand dunes and badlands of Death Valley. Arrive at camp in Bishop and stargaze or relax in the natural hot springs.

Day 13: Bishop/Yosemite National Park. Travel to the lush forests of Yosemite National Park.

Day 14: Yosemite National Park/San Francisco. Glimpse the fantastic Golden Gate Bridge as you roll into San Francisco. Tour ends on arrival.

NEW ZEALAND

Kiwi Discovery Pass: Minimum 28 days, valid for 12 months

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 28 days (although we recommend you allow around 38 days to make the most of your travel pass experience). 

Please note: Following the earthquake on New Zealand’s South Island on the 14th November 2016, there have been a few minor changes to the Kiwi Discovery Pass route until further notice. Days 25-27 will now run as follows:

Day 25: Mt Cook – Christchurch. Discover tranquil Hagley Park and the spectacular Botanic Gardens in the vibrant city of Christchurch.

Day 26: Christchurch – Picton. Head across the Southern Alps and drive past Nelson Lakes National Park on the way to Picton. Unwind here this evening

Day 27: Picton to Wellington. Leave Picton behind and head across the water to the North Island. Here the original itinerary resumes. These changes have been made with the safety of our customers in mind, and to support the recovery of those areas affected by the earthquake. Please contact us for more information.

You don't have to start in Auckland! You can start and end at any stop along the route!

You should arrange your arrival into Auckland the day before the tour begins, as there is an early start in the morning!

Day 1: Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands. Your flexible, hop-on-hop-off tour begins today at 7am in the lively city of Auckland. Your destination is the relaxing seaside town of Paihia, known as the ‘gateway to the Bay of Islands’. Visit Parry Kauri Forest Park.

Day 2: Paihia to Cape Reinga and Back. Stop off at Te Paki Stream to try some inclusive dune surfing and sandboarding, before arriving at Cape Reinga. Please note: Today is a round day trip from Paihia and you cannot hop off the bus today. 

Day 3: Paihia to Auckland. Today is a free day to relax and enjoy Paihia at your leisure. Join a boat cruise, sign up to swim with dolphins, laze on the beach or hike to the famous Harura Falls. In the afternoon, the bus will take you back to the bright lights of Auckland. 

Day 4: Auckland to Hahei. Travel south to the stunning Coromandel Peninsula and settle into your beachfront accommodation. Head over to Hot Water Beach to dig and relax in your own personal hot water pool! (weather & tide dependent)

Day 5: Hahei. Free day to relax and soak up the beautiful surroundings and awesome optional activities of Hahei.

Day 6: Hahei to Raglan. Visit the amazing Bridal Veil Falls en route to Raglan. Chill out in this cool surfer town.

Day 7: Raglan (via Waitomo) to Rotorua. Visit Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms. Optional activities include visiting The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton set.

Day 8: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua. Maori guided tour, activities, meals and stay at Lake Aniwhenua (optional: extra cost of NZD89). Optional activities include: traditional fishing, eeling, weaving lessons, cooking classes and kayaking (cost NZD10-20).

Day 9: Lake Aniwhenua (via Taupo) to Whakahoro. See the stunning Huka Falls then visit Lake Taupo. Optional skydiving (approx NZD250). Rural country farm visit and overnight stay. 

Day 10: Whakahoro. Explore the countryside around the rural country farm. Optional activities include a 4x4 tour, a horse trek or kayaking.

Day 11: Whakahoro to Raetihi. Explore the Tongariro National Park. Option to do legendary 1-day Tongariro Crossing Alpine Walk (extra cost). Stay overnight at a historic Nurses’ Home in Raetihi.

Day 12: Raetihi to Wellington. Travel to Wellington. Free time to explore New Zealand’s capital city.

Day 13: Wellington to Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). 8am ferry to South Island (extra cost of approx. NZD55). Visit to Marlborough wine-making region (optional wine tasting). Final destination of the day is Marahau, on the edge of Abel Tasman National Park. 

Day 14: Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). Explore Abel Tasman National Park. Optional activities on offer include sailing, kayaking, skydiving, stand up paddleboarding or hang gliding. All optional activities are at an extra cost.

Day 15: Marahau to Westport. Leave a legacy behind you as you plant your very own tree! Stop at Cape Foulwind to see the amazing fur seal colony. Your final destination of the day is the historic coal mining town of Westport. 

Day 16: Westport to Franz Josef. See the unusual Punakaiki Pancake Rocks with their impressive blowholes. Stop off at the mining town of Greymouth and Hokitika en route to Franz Josef.

Day 17: Franz Josef. Free day to explore the area around the fantastic Franz Josef Glacier. Join a guided bush hike, or enjoy a heli-hop and tour of the unique icy area, including entry to hot pools (extra cost of NZD250).

Day 18: Franz Josef to Wanaka. See Lake Matheson, travel through Haast Pass and Makarora, see Lake Hawea then end up in Wanaka in the late afternoon. 

Day 19-20: Wanaka to Queenstown. Early walk up Mount Iron or skydive (skydive extra cost). On to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world! Spend 2 unforgettable nights here.

Day 21: Queenstown to Gunn’s Camp. Start early for a scenic drive past Lake Wakatipu, before arriving in magical Milford Sound. Opt to do a Milford Sound boat cruise (extra cost) before travelling on to Gunn’s Camp. 

Day 22: Gunn’s Camp to Invercargill/Stewart Island. Take a leisurely stroll through beautiful beech forests on a Viewing Gantry walk. Travel South to Invercargill. Hop across to Stewart Island (ferry at own cost) or stay in Invercargill overnight instead.

Day 23: Invercargill/Stewart Island to Queenstown. If you stayed on Stewart Island, enjoy a free morning before travelling back to the mainland (ferry at own cost). If you chose to stay in Invercargill overnight, you’ll head out on a tour sea-lion, penguin and dolphin spotting. Travel back to Queenstown. 

Day 24: Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook. Arrive at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/ Mt Cook in the early afternoon. Take a short walk, join a 4WD tour or visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

Day 25: Mount Cook to Rangitata. Visit Lake Tekapo, where you can try optional activities such as ice-skating, snow tubing or swimming at hot springs (winter months only). In Geraldine you can try white water rafting! Spend the night on an original sheep station in Rangitata. 

Day 26: Rangitata (via Christchurch) to Kaikoura. Set off early across the Canterbury Plains to the city of Christchurch and then on to Kaikoura. Spot seals, soak up the spectacular views, swim with dolphins or go whale-spotting (seasonal). 

Day 27: Kaikoura (via Picton) to Wellington. Travel along the wild coast, stopping at a seal colony en route to Picton. You can choose to stop off here, or catch a ferry (extra cost of NZD51-75) across the Cook Strait to Wellington. 

Day 28: Wellington to Auckland. Leaving at 6.40am, you’ll zip back to your starting point in Auckland today, arriving in the late afternoon. Here your epic hop-on-hop-off adventures come to an end! 

Don’t forget, you can hop on and off along the route for up to a year!

Please Note: This itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change. There are lots of extra, optional activities on offer all along the tour route and all optional activities are at your own, extra cost. Ferry costs are not included in your trip price.

Fancy an adventure tour rather than flexible travel? Why not swap in our action packed Grand Kiwi trip? This fantastic 18-day experience packs in stunning national parks, gorgeous river cruises, and an adrenaline-pumping mountain bike ride! Plus – all transport and accommodation is included!

FIJI

Fiji Island Hopping: 8 days

Day 1: Welcome to Fiji! Touch down in Fiji and meet your guide who will transfer you to your accommodation in Nadi. Meet the rest of your group at a welcome dinner and drinks. Your Fiji Island Hopping trip has begun!

Day 2: The Central Coast. Head south to the Central Coast. Enjoy a boat trip around the Vatulele and Yanuca Islands, and try snorkelling, kayaking (extra cost) and a tasty beach BBQ. Back at the resort, chill out with sunset yoga and kava around the bonfire.

Day 3: Learn to Surf. Time to get out on those waves with an included surf lesson! This afternoon, delve into the forest and discover the Novala Falls. Head back to the resort for drinks by the beach.

Day 4: Yasawa Islands. Cruise across to the Yasawa Islands. Check in to the gorgeous Blue Lagoon resort and tuck into a delicious meal at a local restaurant. Spend the rest of the day as you wish. 

Day 5: Local Village Experience. Visit some stunning limestone caves and meet local people at a nearby village. Immerse yourself in Fijian culture, play some games with the village children and learn a thing or two from the village elders. 

Day 6: Mantaray Island. Hop across to Mantaray Island, home to over 1,000 species of marine creatures. Get competitive with a few rounds of beach volleyball and then order cocktails and chill out by the sea. Tonight, you’ll gather around the campfire, swapping stories and making memories.

Day 7: Farewell Dinner. It’s your final full day in Fiji! Spend the morning exploring Mantaray Island and then enjoy a farewell dinner with your group! Grab a drink and watch beautiful Fiji turn orange and pink as the sun goes down. Enjoy an exciting cultural dancing show and then party the night away!

Day 8: Tour ends. Your incredible Fiji trip has come to an end! Your guide will help you organise your return transfer to Nadi. We recommend you book an extra night of accommodation in Nadi tonight (extra cost) and fly out tomorrow.

This itinerary is subject to change, due to weather, season and feedback from past customers.

AUSTRALIA

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

Our Absolute Oz Jobs programme is the ideal introduction to Australian paid work. You’ll enjoy one week of amazing activities & sightseeing in Sydney first:

Day 1: Arrive in Sydney. Arrival day and free time.

Day 2: Sydney walking tour. See Darling Harbour, the Botanic Gardens and Opera House. Welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sydney. 9.15am: A comprehensive job orientation. Boat party in Sydney Harbour. Lunch included.

Day 4: Beach Camp. Depart Sydney for a 2-night Beach Camp adventure. Dinner included.

Day 5: Beach Camp. 4x4 tour of the sand dunes (plus sandboarding!). Learn about Aboriginal culture and go on a bushwalk. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 6: Beach Camp–Sydney. Browse the coastline for bottlenose dolphins on a boat cruise. Head back to Sydney. Breakfast included.

Day 7: Party night. Free day to relax and plan your onward travels. Entry to 4 city bars and clubs (plus 4 inclusive drinks!). Hop on a party bus and explore the streets in style!

Day 8: Bondi to Coogee Beach Tour. Beach walking tour. Intro week ends this afternoon. 

Alongside this action-packed itinerary you'll also enjoy theme nights, quizzes and drinks deals at your hostel which will lead to some unforgettable nights in Oz! Bring it on!

Let the Job Hunt Begin!

Now it’s time to kick-start your Aussie job search. Our job support team will give you all the help and advice you’ll need in order to secure yourself a paid Aussie job. You also have a full 12 months of job support. The programme includes:

  • 12 months access to the online jobs network and vacancies nationwide
  • A CV review service
  • An orientation
  • Advice about setting up your own Australian bank account before you go
  • An Aussie mobile phone SIM card
  • A Tax File Number
  • Medicare
  • Access to free Wi-Fi
  • A 12-month mail holding service
  • Help and advice about long-term accommodation
  • An inclusive bar skills course
  • A free, inclusive online RSA (Responsible Service Alcohol) course (valid in all territories except New South Wales or Victoria)

Using the job database you’ll have access to over 1900 job adverts at any one time, so the sky’s the limit when it comes to finding paid jobs in Oz! Wage rates will vary, but you can expect to earn around £10-£15 per hour.

Prefer to spend your time exploring rather than working? You could swap in our Ultimate East Coast extravaganza, and combine surf time, beach relaxation, and diving experiences, or get creative with one of our flexible travel passes. Alternatively, see the coast AND the outback with our awesome Grand Aussie tour. Want to do it all? Get our ultimate Australian experience with The Big Aussie Adventure!

THAILAND

Thai Adventure: 4 weeks

Discover the unique appeal of Asia's top travel destination on our amazing 4-week Thai Adventure! The Thai Adventure has it all - from the bright city lights of Bangkok and Chiang Mai to elephant experiences, hill treks, volunteering and beach relaxation on the Thai Islands.

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!

Week 1: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Elephant Park and Hill Trekking!

Kicking off in the buzzing city of Bangkok you'll explore bustling streets in this lively Thai capital city, before enjoying a VIP bus journey to Chiang Mai. Enjoy a Thai cookery class and a full day at an amazing Elephant Park. Next, head off into the Thai hills for an incredible two-day trek!

Week 2: Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Krabi and Koh Phi Phi

Spend some time enjoying all the wonderful sights and sounds of charming Chiang Mai, where you can climb the DoiSuthep Mountain and see its majestic temples, and shop for bargains at the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. Travel back to Bangkok for more fun and nightlife in the city. Then it's time to for some beach paradise on Railay Beach and on the dreamy island of Koh Phi Phi!

Week 3: Party on Koh Phangan

This fabulous week is a chance to laze your days away on stunning beaches or hang out at the local bars. You’ll also enjoy a traditional Thai massage, a visit to a secret beach and an island tour. This laid-back paradise island is famous for hosting the world famous Full Moon and Black Moon parties. We try our best to plan most of our start dates to coincide with a legendary Full Moon or Black Moon Party.

Week 4: Koh Samui and Koh Tao

Make a difference at a dam building project on KohSamui and discover the beauty of Angthong National Marine Park. Round off the adventure with some serious relaxation on the tropical island of Koh Tao.

Don’t want the adventure to end? You can easily add on our Philippines Adventure or Bali Intro to make the most of your time away. Let us know if you want more fun in the sun and we can sort out some exciting extra experiences!

Please note: If you are travelling before 15th March, you will follow a slightly different itinerary. See our Thai Adventure programme page for more information.

Dates & booking

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