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Gap Year Travel

Plan the ultimate gap year adventure with STA Travel. Are you daydreaming about taking a year out, but find yourself asking questions like, 'should I take a gap year', 'what are the benefits of a gap year' or even 'what do you do on a gap year'? As the student and youth travel experts, we can help answer those questions, and give you the inspiration and advice you need to create the perfect adventure. Whether you want a gap year in Australia, a Thailand gap year, or somewhere else entirely - we've got loads of ideas!

What is a gap year?

A gap year can be anything you want it to be. It can be a year out you take when you've finished college or university, it can be a sabbatical from work, or you may have just decided you want to give up the real world for a little while and travel the world instead. Whatever you want out of your gap year, we're here to help, with experts who know exactly what's what when it comes to planning a year abroad.

 

Gap year ideas & programs

Not sure what you want to do on your gap year, and need some help planning? We've got loads of gap year ideas, from worldwide volunteering gap year programs to working holidays in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA, we'll have you booking your gap year in no time! Have a search below for more info.

 

 

 

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Should I take a gap year?

We're strong advocates of the Gap Year here at STA Travel, so our answer is yes! 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.

Want some inspiration? Check out Karl & James' Round the World adventure below!

Why book with STA Travel?

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Most popular gap year destinations

Gap year Australia

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!

Australia Travel Guide

Gap year New Zealand

Another place to grab a working holiday visa and set off on an adventure! From the adrenaline junkie capital Queenstown to the dramatic scenery of Milford Sound and the amazing beaches of the Bay of Islands, New Zealand offers the perfect mix of chilled out and epic!

New Zealand travel guide

Gap year America

Whether you're after vibrant cities or sleepy towns, epic expeditions or some real down time, this exciting collection of states will guarantee you one helluva gap year!

USA travel guide

Gap year Thailand

If you're looking for a cultural experience on your gap year, then why not check out Thailand? Experience a different way of life with a volunteering program in the north, and spend your free time kicking back on the paradise islands in the south.

Thailand travel guide

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 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.

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 a gap year in Australia or in New Zealand are great options. If you have a few months, Asia and Latin America are popular choices. Or if you are after a break with a difference, a few weeks volunteering somewhere like Africa would be amazing.

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!
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