With so many destinations and awesome activities in the world, you might feel a little daunted when coming to plan your own gap year adventure. To get you started, we've put together out top 10 gap year ideas:
Getting paid work is a great way to spend your gap year, as you get to fund your travel adventures as you go! Our Absolute OZ jobs programme is an amazing introduction to Australia, packed with awesome activities and an amazing jobs package that sets you up with everything you need to find work.
A great gap year idea is to learn a language while you are abroad. It's a great new skill to learn and it looks great on your CV, plus there's no better way to appreciate a country's culture!
Asia is steeped in culture and sensational sights, as well as awesome party hot spots. Head off on an exclusive Thai Adventure for a taste of Asia that is hard to beat. Enjoy elephant treks, beach parties, cooking classes, island-hopping, & more!
Becoming a volunteer abroad on your gap year is the single most rewarding experience you will probably ever have. Communities across the world are 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, and sports coaching.
Volunteering at a wildlife project on your gap year is a must for anyone who is a sucker for cute and cuddly creatures. You could care for pandas in China, monkeys in South Africa, or turtles in Bali!
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 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. 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* 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. 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, flexible way of making sure you see all the top sights and don't miss a thing!
Does all of the above sound like too much hard work? Why not spend your time away simply blissing out on beautiful islands and beaches? Go on, you deserve it!