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Gap Year Travel

Gap Year Travel

Plan Your Year Abroad Now!

Plan the ultimate gap year adventure with STA Travel. As the student and youth travel experts, we can give you the inspiration and advice you need to create the perfect adventure. We've been there, done that and got the Chang t-shirt to prove it. Whether you want to work abroad, volunteer in Asia, or head off on an epic round the world trip, we've got bundles of ideas for your gap year or sabbatical.

Why Take a Gap Year?

We're strong advocates of the Gap Year here at STA Travel. Whether it's a post-school gap year, a year out after university, or a well-earned career break, we always encourage people to explore the wild and wonderful world we live in. If you've been idly eyeing up the outside world wondering what's out there, it's time to stop wondering and start wandering.

Why Book With Us

We are the experts in student and youth travel, and we have a fair few gap years under our belts. As travellers like you, we're lucky enough to have been round the block a few times. It's with this kind of unrivalled knowledge and exclusive partnerships with airlines and travel companies around the world, that we can always inspire you to create the ultimate experience, no matter what your budget is. Book an adventure tour, get a working holiday visa, choose a volunteering project or beach hop in the Thai islands, it's really up to you! Whatever you decide to do, we'll be able to help you book it.

Take a tour on your gap year

Meet other likeminded travellers and explore the best of what your chosen destination has to offer. Get to know the local culture and gain insider access with your group leaders as they take you off the beaten track and help you discover new places like never before. You’ll get the chance to try a whole bunch of exciting activities - from hiking, sailing, or spotting wildlife on a safari, to trying your hand at local craftwork or learning to cook a traditional meal. From epic overland adventures to small group tours and trips designed especially for 18-35s, we've got your Gap Year tour covered!

  • Perfect for solo travelers
    There are no single supplements on our tours so you won't pay extra to travel solo. You'll also make new friends from all over the world.
  • Expert guides
    With insider knowledge and great local connexions your group leader will take care of everything to make your trip as smooth and memorable as possible.
  • Transport & accommodation included
    Not only are our tours great value for money, they take out the hassle of having to plan routes and book transport and accommodation in far flung locations.

  • Book now, pay later
    Secure your place with a deposit starting from just £60 and pay the rest later on.
  • Plenty of free time
    Must-see highlights will often be included but free time will give you the flexibility do you what you really fancy.
  • Tailored to you
    From budget to comfort, adrenaline-filled to local style living, we’ve got tour options for all tastes and styles.

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WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO ON A GAP YEAR?

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Work Abroad
Working abroad is a great way to travel. There's no better way to get to the heart of a place than by living and working there - live like a local! Plus, not everyone can afford to spend a year skipping round the world without a care *sigh*, so working abroad is a great way to fund your Gap Year as you go! Check out our range of work abroad programmes in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada.
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Volunteering
Love baby animals? Want to help those less fortunate? Responsible travel has been with STA Travel in various shapes and forms since our pioneering days. We currently offer over 90 volunteer projects from 5 days to 6 months, working with children, communities, animals and conservation. This is your chance to do something really worthwhile and give back to the world...
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Round the World Trips
Whether you want to backpack across South East Asia, volunteer in Africa, work in Australia or trek the Inca Trail on your Gap Year, with a Round the World ticket from STA Travel, you can discover any corner of the globe you choose. Create a trip that is uniquely yours or choose from our sample itineraries - our travel experts can help you create your perfect Round the World adventure.

Top Gap Year Destinations

Whether you want to explore the pulsating cities of Asia, want to experience the rhythmic cultures of Latin America, see yourself catching some surf in Australia or escaping to the wild back roads of New Zealand, we've got your Gap Year covered. Check out a few of our top destinations below and get in touch with our Travel Experts to start planning your adventure.

Asia

From the peaks of the Himalayas to the paradise beaches of the Philippines, the skyscrapers of Shanghai to the crumbling palaces of Rajasthan - Asia is a fascinating world of contrasts where travellers can lose and find themselves in the very same trip. Visit the Indian Subcontinent, Oriental Asia, South East Asia, or take on all three in one mammoth adventure!
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Australia

Why not head Down Under on your Gap Year and hook yourself up with a Working Holiday Visa? Earn some cash and then travel around one of the world's most exciting destinations. From Perth to Sydney, Brisbane to Darwin, Australia has some great places to live and work, not to mention some epic places to travel to as well!
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New Zealand

From the adrenaline junkie capital Queenstown to the arty vibes of Wellington, the dramatic scenery of Milford Sound to the amazing beaches of the Bay of Islands, New Zealand offers that perfect mix of being chilled out and epic! So why not head over to the land of Middle-earth, grab some work and kit yourself out with the perfect Kiwi Gap Year?
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Latin America

From the glaciers of Patagonia to the Caribbean coast; the heights of the Andes to the jungles of the Amazon, Latin America is one beast of a region! Whether you're after vibrant cities or sleepy towns, epic expeditions of some real down time, this exciting collection of countries will guarantee you one helluva Gap Year!
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YOUR GAP YEAR FAQs ANSWERED

Who can take a Gap Year?

Anyone can take a Gap Year! Whether you want to do something different after school, want to get some travelling under your belt now that you've graduated, or are in the mood for a career break, the world is waiting for you!

Where can I go for a Gap Year?

Pretty much wherever you want. If you are wanting to stay in one place for the whole year, then Australia and New Zealand are great options. If you have a few months, Asia and Latin America are poplar choices. Or if you are after a break with a difference, a few weeks volunteering somewhere like Africa would be amazing.

Can I work on my Gap Year?

There are lots of work options available. Australia, New Zealand and Canada are popular choices and Working Holiday Visa assistance is available through STA Travel. Alternatively teaching English abroad is a great option for those with a TEFL certificate (ask our Travel Experts for more details) with loads of opportunities across Europe and Asia in particular. It is also possible to spend a summer working in the USA.

What about Gap Year travel insurance?

It is always important to be covered when you are away as you never know what might happen. With STA Travel, as well as the medical, legal, luggage and cancellation cover you'd expect from our travel insurance you'll also find some extras, like cover for over 100 adventure activities, the flexibility to extend and upgrade your policy on the road, and included cover to work, study or volunteer abroad. Find out more on our Travel Insurance page.

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