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Gap Year Travel

Follow your own course

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.

Save up to £50 when you book a store appointment >

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.

Volunteering fr £305

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...
Volunteering Projects

Round the World Adventures

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.
Explore Round the World

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.

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Planning Your Gap Year

Far be it from us to tell you what to do, but we're always happy go give you some inspiration. It's a big old world out there and there's so much to explore. Take a look out the STA blog to read about other people's Gap Year adventures or visit us in store to speak to our awesome travel experts. If you can tell us the what, when and for how long, we'll sort out the rest!
Contact Us to Plan A Gap Year

What to do on your Gap Year

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.

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.
Work Abroad

Gap Year Inspiration

If you were ever in any doubt about taking a gap year, then visit the STA Travel blog. It's full of stories from fellow travellers who packed their bags and set off on their very own adventure. Fuel your wanderlust with tales of epic road trips, life-changing volunteering projects, crazy street-food and unforgettable travel experiences.
Visit the Blog

Save up to £50 when you book a gap year appointment - T&Cs

£10 off flights
£35 off flight plus accommodation or insurance
£50 off flight plus tour, bus pass, campervan or volunteering project

Terms and Conditions

Offers valid on new bookings made during a pre-arranged appointment only. Only 1 discount per passenger. All discounts are valid in store and over the phone. Each booking must include a flight. Each element must meet the stated criteria, and then only one discount of the following amounts can be applied per passenger for each element.
Flight = £10, Flight and accommodation = £35, Flight and tour = £50

To receive the discount, the products must meet the following criteria:
Flights must depart from the UK. Discount valid on return flights only, one way flights are not permitted. Can be used in conjunction with the £49 deposit offer where applicable; standard £49 deposit terms and conditions apply. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Promotion must be mentioned at the beginning of the consultation. Offers valid on new bookings only. Offer valid online, over the phone and in store. Subject to booking fees and Airline Failure Cover.

Insurance must be Worldwide (including or excluding the USA) single trip, blue and gold standard, premier and premier plus policies only (excludes European, budget single trip, annual multi-trip & flight only policies).

Each tour, bus pass, campervan or volunteering project must have a minimum selling price of £500 after any existing discounts have been accounted for.
Each accommodation booking must have a minimum of 5 nights.

Not combinable with any other STA Travel offer, except existing supplier discounts which can be applied.
Promotion must be mentioned at the beginning of the consultation.
STA Travel reserves the right to withdraw or amend this offer at any time.
TEs use discount code DMK > Gapyear


Gap year hoodies available in STA Travel retail stores until stock runs out, for a limited time only. To qualify for a free gap year hoodie, customers must spend a minimum of £2,500 in STA Travel retail stores including at least one flight and at least one tour product lasting a minimum of 7 days. All product must be booked at the same time and may be held with a deposit. The product does not have be paid in full at the time of booking to qualify for a free hoodie.