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Group Size: Varies

Trip code: BB360

Duration: Up to 12 months or longer

Guided group tour in Thailand
Find paid work in sunny Australia
Explore New Zealand’s South Island

Want to backpack around the world on a budget? Choose our amazing round-the-world packages and travel the globe on a shoestring! Our Budget Backpacker 360 offers the best of both worlds: It is ideal for the independent, adventure-seeking traveller but one who still wants great guided tours and advice along the way as well as the chance to do paid work. Our 360 trip offers flexibility and freedom to see the world at a price that won’t break the bank! Have fun in Thailand and explore paradise in Bali. Find paid work in Australia and live Down Under for up to 12 months. Join a group tour around New Zealand’s South Island for dreamy landscapes and the opportunity for thrilling adventure sports.

All our 360 trips are fully flexible and tailor-made to suit you, so if you want to add in or take out tours then let your travel advisor know and you can plan your own perfect itinerary!

Trip highlights

  • Go round the world on an epic budget backpacking adventure. This 360 trip can be tailor-made to suit you and is ideal for the independent traveller who wants freedom and flexibility but also the benefit of great guides – it’s the best of both worlds
  • Enjoy an amazing whirlwind adventure tours in stunning Thailand and Bali
  • Explore the glistening beaches and buzzing city with a week in Sydney. After, find paid work and receive full job support from our expert team.
  • Explore New Zealand’s South Island on an epic group tour with like minded travellers
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What's included

Thai Intro

  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • 2 breakfast, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Airport pick up
  • Bangkok boat ride, tuk tuk ride, temple visits and party night
  • Cookery class
  • Khao Sok floating bungalow stay
  • Sea kayaking, bamboo rafting and tubing
  • Koh Phangan boat trip, Thai massage
  • Phi Phi boat trip

Bali Intro

  • Access to buddy list before you travel 
  • Airport pickup 
  • All accommodation 
  • Some meals
  • Temple visits
  • Relaxation time on beautiful Balinese beaches
  • Learn to surf experience
  • Waterfall swim
  • Visit a local homestay 
  • Bamboo basket weaving
  • Coffee plantation visit
  • Meet wild monkeys
  • Dolphin boat trip
  • Explore Gili island by bicycle 
  • Snorkel with turtles
  • Farewell dinner
  • Beach party
  • Transport to Ubud 
  • Mount Batur Sunrise Volcano trek 
  • Monkey forest visit 
  • Traditional Balinese Massage 
  • All transport
  • Western tour guide and local guide
  • Assistance to arrange return airport transfer

Absolute Oz

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 12 months job support with tax file number, sim card, bank account and medicare assistance
  • 3 dinners
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Sydney city tour & harbour cruise
  • Beach camp experience & dolphin cruise
  • 4x4 sand dune tour & sandboarding

New Zealand - South Island

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner
  • Queenstown city tour
  • Canyon jet boating 
  • Milford Sound cruise 
  • Lord of the Rings tour 
  • Wanaka Kayaking to Ruby Island
  • Hike Mount Iron
  • Mount Cook/Aoraki National Park 
  • Mt John Hike, Lake Tekapo
  • Hot springs star gazing experience

We also provide...

  • A personal Gap 360 Travel Advisor who will help plan your perfect trip
  • Assistance arranging flights and travel insurance
  • 24 hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Working Holiday Visa in Australia
  • Optional activities
  • Some meals
  • Extra accommodation
  • Return airport transfers
Further trip information

Our suggested Budget Backpacker 360 Route

To make life easier, we’ve come up with a suggested route for the Budget Backpacker 360.

Budget Backpacker 360: Thai Intro + Bali Intro + Absolute Oz Jobs (Australia) + New Zealand Adventure - South Island 

Customise Your Own: You can choose the suggested around-the-world package, or you can design your own Budget Backpacker 360 by adding in or taking out any combination of these packages, or any of our other gap travel programmes.

Packing all your perfect destinations into one effortless, value-for-money Budget Backpacker 360 trip is the ideal, cost-effective way to see the world and enjoy your very own epic adventure. You can sign up for one of our suggested round-the-world routes, or you can create your very own 360 trip. Whatever you want, our 360s are tailor made for you! You will be assigned your own personal Travel Advisor so you can design your own dream Budget Backpacker 360.

Our Budget Backpacker 360 Package

Thai Intro (12 days)

Get set for fun and unforgettable adventures in the backpacking Mecca of the world – amazing Thailand! You’ll stay close to Bangkok’s legendary backpacking centre of Khao San Road and enjoy a relaxing boat ride through Bangkok followed by temple visits and a tuk tuk ride, before partying in Bangkok by night! Try a tasty cooking class then head to the unspoilt paradise of Khao Sok National Park. Go on a long-tail boat ride or try tubing, bamboo rafting or sea kayaking, before spending the night in unique floating bungalows on an idyllic lake.

Your next stop is the idyllic island of Koh Phangan, famous for its Full Moon Party. Take a trip to beautiful beaches and swim or snorkel in crystal clear waters. Enjoy a relaxing yoga session or opt for a Muay Thai boxing lesson instead.

Then it is off to the Phi Phi Islands to experience the paradise of the west coast on boat trips and party nights!

Want to stay longer in Thailand? Why not replace the Thai Intro with our 18 day or 25 day Thai Adventure instead?

Bali Intro (12 Days) 

It’s easy to see why Bali is a backpacking favourite! This incredible tour offers the perfect mix of stunning scenery, beach bliss, culture, wildlife and party. Explore Canggu and test the waves at the unique surf spot of Seminyak. Wander magical waterfalls and breathtaking temples. Spot dolphins playing in the gorgeous waters and hop over to the dreamy Gili Trawangan. Take a bike tour to see this island's beauty and fill your camera roll with beautiful pics! After an unforgettable sunset, party in beach bars with your new group of best friends! 

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

Ideal for the independent traveller on a budget, our Absolute Oz programme in Australia allows you the opportunity to enjoy an exciting introductory week of pure fun in sunny Sydney. You then have complete freedom to find paid work and plan your own stay in Australia, with brilliant job support so you can earn money to pay your way on your backpacking adventure around the world!

Within a week you will have everything you need in order to find paid work in Australia. Running for a total of 8 days, with accommodation included, you’ll spend your first few days exploring Sydney before travelling to an outback base camp. Chill out at the beach, take a bushwalk, discover wildlife, take a 4x4 sand dune tour, go sand boarding, learn about Aboriginal cultures and join a bottlenose dolphin cruise. Then you’re ready to kick-start your job search in Oz!

The Absolute Oz package provides you with everything you need to work Down Under, including 12 months of job support and access to a database of job opportunities all over Australia. The programme will assist you with finding a flat should you want one, and make your CV Aussie friendly.

Perks of the Absolute Oz programme include:

  • 12 months' access to an online jobs network with nationwide vacancies
  • CV review service
  • Orientation
  • Advice about setting up an Australian bank account before you go
  • Aussie mobile phone SIM card
  • Tax File Number
  • Medicare
  • Free Wi-Fi access while in Sydney
  • A 12-month mail holding service
  • Shared accommodation help and advice

There are a wide range of jobs available in Australia. Typical jobs include bar and hospitality work, office jobs, accountancy, sales and marketing, Au Pair and childcare jobs, labour and trade work, farm/ranch jobs, and nursing or healthcare. Wage rates vary depending on the type of job you have and its location. On average expect to earn between about £10-£15 per hour.

After the Absolute Oz introductory week, we suggest taking around 6-7 months to work and travel independently throughout Australia. This can always be extended (although remember that your visa limits you to 12 months in total for your trip) or shortened to suit your preferences. Equally, you can opt out of working in Oz if you wish. Please let us know your preferences when booking.

 

New Zealand Adventure - South Island 

Touch down in Queenstown, ready for bucket list adventures on New Zealand’s South Island! With a friendly group of ready made mates, see the best of paradise over 9 unforgettable days. Get your adrenaline pumping as you jetboat at over 80 km/h through Skippers Canyon! Want to try some more adventure sports? This is the perfect place to book on for bungee jumping, skydiving and white water rafting! Marvel at the natural beauty of Milford Sound and snap pics of famous Lord of the Rings filming locations. You’ll embark on some epic hikes as you trek up Mount Iron for unique views and look across at Aoraki/Mt Cook after completing the Hooker Valley track. Sleep in waterside accommodation and wake up looking across Lake Tekapo. Enjoy lively nights out, partying like a real Kiwi!

Please note all activities, itineraries and routes are subject to change

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Arrival information

Thailand

You should arrange your arrival into Bangkok airport on day 1 for the start of your Thai Intro tour. An airport transfer is included.Your trip ends on the Phi Phi Islands on day 12. You should book a flight out of either Phuket for after 3pm or the following day.Your guide can advise you on getting from the Phi Phi Islands to Phuket airport.

Bali

You will need to arrange your own arrival into Denpasar Airport in Bali on day 1. An airport transfer is included and you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation. If you wish to arrive before day 1, we can book extra nights in the starting accommodation for an added cost and we can still pick you up from the airport on arrival, please speak to your travel advisor. 

Departure 

Your trip will finish on day 12 in the town of Ubud. A return airport transfer is not included but your guide can help arrange this for you. A transfer by minivan to Denpasar Airport takes around 1.5 hours. We recommend you do not book an onward flight out of Bali until around 1pm on day 12 at the earliest.

Australia

You should arrange your flights to arrive into Sydney Airport (SYD) your programme start date. You will need to go to a pre-set meeting point at Sydney airport and a greeter will direct you to the shuttle bus which will take you directly to your hostel to begin your first week of fun and adventure!

The East Coast Travel Pass is flexible and begins in Sydney, ending in Cairns.

New Zealand

You can arrive at any time on day 1 in Queenstown and we will pick you up from the airport and take you to your starting accommodation. The tour ends on day 9 in Queenstown and you can depart anytime. Your tour guide can assist you in booking return airport transfers locally. 

Accommodation & meals

Thai Intro

11 nights accommodation is included as part of the Thai Intro tour.

2 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners are included on this tour. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. This is a great opportunity to soak up Thai culture and sample some delicious local delicacies! 

Bali Intro 

11 nights of accommodation are included in this tour. You will stay in a mix of twin and double share or multi-share mixed dorm accommodation, all to a great standard. Accommodation has swimming pools, private bathrooms, air conditioning and hot water. You will have access to Wi-Fi in all locations and laundry facilities in all except nights 4 & 5. 

Every accommodation also has safe refillable water stations and many of our activity destinations also do. We encourage travellers to reduce their use of single plastic and bring a refillable water bottle. 

This tour includes 8  breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners. Remaining meals will need to be purchased yourself, a great opportunity to sample local foods.

Absolute Oz

Accommodation for the first seven nights of your stay is included, in a city centre hostel in Sydney during nights 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7, and in shared accommodation during your stay at beach camp on nights 3 and 4.

In your hostel in Sydney, you’ll enjoy modern facilities in shared dorm accommodation with up to 10 people. In your first week, some meals are included, including the group welcome dinner on Monday, Beach Camp dinners and four free drinks on your Sydney bar cruise.

After the first 7 days of accommodation you have the option to find an apartment to rent in Australia, either on your own or with some of your new travelling friends. Alternatively, you can choose to extend your stay in a hostel. Our team in Sydney will be able to assist you with this, and during the first week you will be given an accommodation tour of Sydney to explore the local options. If you head off to another area in Australia the Sydney team can help you find the best available options. You can expect to pay £150-£200 per week on average for rent in Australia. The minimum contract is normally 3 months but some agencies will ask you to commit to six months.

New Zealand - South Island

This tour includes 8 nights of accommodation in popular hostels. You will spend 3 nights in a centrally located hostel in Queenstown, 1 night in a comfy hostel in Milford Sound, 2 nights in a hostel with lake views in Wanaka and 2 nights in Lake Tekapo. 

This tour includes 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner. Remaining meals will need to be purchased yourself, a great opportunity to sample local foods.

Extra Accommodation Around the World

As the Budget Backpacker 360 is designed to be ideal for the independent traveller looking for a flexible itinerary, you may well need to book some of your own accommodation as you make your way around the world. If you want to extend your stay at any of the places on your itinerary we can offer you helpful advice about where to stay and how to book accommodation on a budget. Just have a chat with your travel advisor for more advice and details.

Minimum age & eligibility

The minimum age to join this Budget Backpacker 360 is 18. Due to working holiday visa restrictions, the upper age limit for our suggested route is 30. This trip requires you to show evidence that you have been fully vaccinated against covid-19 (final dose administered a minimum of 14 days prior to the start of the trip).

Thailand

Without a visa, British nationals arriving by air can remain Thailand for a maximum of 30 days, though if you arrive across a land border this may be shorter. If you wish to extend your trip you should apply for a 60 day tourist visa before you leave the UK.

Bali

British visitors arriving in Bali will be issued with a visa on arrival, valid for a stay of up to 30 days. The cost of the visa on arrival is around £30. You must have a passport with at least 6 months validity from your arrival date.

If you wish to stay in Indonesia for longer than 30 days, you will no longer be able to extend your visa in-country, so you will need to apply for a 60 day tourist/social visa in advance of travel. Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up to date information.

Australia

Due to Working Holiday Visa age restrictions, the Absolute Oz trip is only available to 18-30 year olds. As you are planning to work in Australia whilst you’re here you’ll need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. You can choose to book a visa through us (extra cost), please ask for more details.

Basic requirements:

  • To be eligible, applicants need to meet the following requirements:
  • Hold a passport issued by an eligible country or region
  • Be aged 18-30 (inclusive) at the time of applying
  • Not be accompanied by dependent children at any time during their stay in Australia
  • Meet health, character and financial requirements
  • Not have previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday visa (unless applying for a second visa)
  • Be outside Australia when they apply and when their visa is granted
  • Apply within 12 months of intended travel to Australia.
  • Have sufficient funds to cover your expected living/trip costs during your stay
  • Have funds for a return or onward ticket to depart Australia (or an actual ticket)
  • Have health insurance

New Zealand

British citizens do not need a visa to enter New Zealand for up to six months, but you will need to get a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) before you travel. This can be applied for online or via the dedicated mobile app. You’ll also need to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) of NZD $35 when you apply.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum of three months from your date of exit, and you’ll need to be able to demonstrate that you have an onward ticket and sufficient funds to support you during your stay.

Please note: Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check relevant embassy websites for up to date visa information.

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Healthcare
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.