With a seemingly limitless choice of things to do on your gap year, you're probably having a bit of trouble deciding what are the right activities to suit you. For that reason we have put together a list of ten gap travel ideas that are not only fun and exciting but will also help to boost your CV and impress potential employers - making life that little bit easier for you. Here are 10 of our favourite recommended travel ideas:
Getting paid work is an ideal way to spend your gap year, as you get to see all the highlights of a country and save up spending money at the same time. What better way to get to know all there is to do Down Under than with an introduction to Australia you'll never forget? Our Absolute OZ jobs programme is an amazing introduction to all that this wild and wonderful continent has to offer. Soak up the sights, sounds and sensations of Sydney, go walkabout in the bush, see magical marine life and get the chance to do paid work in Australia and fund your gap year trip of a lifetime!
A classic way to spend your gap year, and one that will look tremendous on your CV, is to learn a language while you are abroad. It's a great new skill to learn while travelling through a country of your choice and enjoying the cultural delights it has to offer. Many of the countries in Central or South America offer a great opportunity to combine volunteering and sightseeing with learning Spanish, a worthwhile, challenging and fun way to spend your gap year - what's not to like? Ole!
Many people choose to take a gap year because they want to really immerse themselves in the culture of a new country and sample all the exotic flavours on offer. Asia is steeped in culture and sensational sights and a visit to Thailand embodies the best of Asia. Head off on an exclusive Thai Adventure for a taste of Asia that is hard to beat. Grab the chance to volunteer, take elephant treks, laze on the beach, party on the Thai islands, experience the buzz of Bangkok and whip up some tasty treats with a Thai cooking extravaganza! Have some fusion fun and spice up your life on a gap year in Thailand!
Becoming a volunteer abroad on your gap year is the single most rewarding experience you will probably ever have.Communities across the world are crying out for help and in need of your input and skills to make a difference in their lives. Volunteering in a community can offer a diverse range of experiences, from helping with kids, teaching, sports coaching to helping to rebuild communities and give them a fair chance at a future. Make sure your gap year is fun-filled and fulfilling by becoming a vital volunteer!
Oo, oo, oo, I wanna be like you-oo-oo... Make a difference to mischievous monkeys on your gap year. Volunteering at a wildlife project on your gap year is a must for anyone who is a sucker for cute and cuddly creatures. Going to Monkey rehab is your chance to help orphaned, injured or abandoned apes and help rehabilitate them until they are ready to head back into the wild. Feeding one of these bush babies is a truly memorable and moving experience. So seize your chance to be a simian saviour in a starring role with the king of the swingers!
Taking the opportunity to learn a new skill on your gap year is one of the most challenging and exciting ways of making the most of your travels. You can even come away with a brand new qualification that will be the envy of everyone back at home. For the ultimate in underwater adventures why not learn to dive in Australia and gain that all-important PADI Open Water certification? From then on you'll be heading out in the open water on an ocean extravaganza! Seeing the Great Barrier Reef through the azure blue screen of the Australian sea is an experience you won't forget in a hurry!
Getting the chance to gain teaching experience on your gap year will set up any budding teacher for a fantastic future career. What better way to make your mark than putting your blackboard skills to the test in a cultural and challenging classroom? The best news of all is that many teaching placements are paid and give you the chance to teach and travel on the proceeds! Go straight to the top of the class by becoming a talented teacher - it's an A star experience!
If you have aspirations to work in the medical sector then taking a gap year can give you a step up the career ladder. Getting involved in medical volunteering is the ideal way to make a difference and gain valuable skills for your CV at the same time. Medical work is one of the ways you can hone your healing skills and explore healthcare hotspots around the world. You'll be amazed how helping out with healthcare overseas will change your life, and those of others, for the better!
One of the best ways of exploring a country or continent on your gap year is with a hop-on-hop-off bus pass. It's a fantastic way of making sure you see all the top sights and don't miss a thing! Bus tours are fun and full of fascinating information from experienced tour guides; they are also one of the safest and most comfortable ways to travel. Some passes are valid for up to twelve months and let you stop off for as little or as long as you like. So hop-on board and watch the wheels on the bus go round and round - you'll be hopping mad if you miss out!
Are you wild about wildlife?Are you enraptured by elephants or loopy about leopards? Then having a seriously Wild South African Safari Adventure is the ultimate way to indulge your Dr.Dolittle dreams! Seeing the Big Five up close and personal is an unforgettable experience and you can also get hands-on with some volunteering on an amazing African adventure. Indulge your wild side and soak up the safari sensations on the game drive to end all game drives. If you're an animal lover then you'll be in safari heaven with this wonderful wildlife gap year!