Gap years are no longer the preserve of the 20-something; there are plenty of older travellers who are taking time off work to see the world. One thing most gap years have in common is adventure - and you can't get much more exciting than trekking in a jungle.
Brazil is one of the best countries to include on your gap year itinerary and is the perfect place if you prefer active holidays, rather than spending all of your time on the beach. Make sure you stop off at the bustling city of Rio de Janeiro.
For a gap year adventure that enables you to try exciting activities and take in exotic scenery, Brazil is a destination that's hard to beat. However, as there are so many wonderful places to go it can be tricky to decide where to go first. Head to the north-east state of Bahia though, and you can be sure of having a wonderful getaway.
Any wannabe adventures out there? Fancy spending your gap year climbing up mountains, hiking across continents and swimming across Oceans? The check out what these guys did, and prepare to be amazed...
Brazil has been named the ‘most popular’ destination for volunteer travellers, by Projects Abroad.
It’s coming up to that time of the year again - saying goodbye to one year and welcoming in the next with style. If you’re travelling this year, then why not take this opportunity to head to some of the world’s best spots to celebrate? Here is our list of the top five places to celebrate New Year's Eve.
This week is national game week in the US and the tradition has started to spread to the UK too. In honour of this fun and quirky festival we have been taking a look at some of the best loved games from around the world.
As we know each country has its own customs and culture, but sometimes we are not aware that each place we visit has its own body language too. Here at mapthegap.co.uk we’ve compiled a list of a few to watch out for - you never know, this advice may get you out of some sticky situations.
When you think of Latin America, what springs to mind straight away? The Amazon Jungle, Andes, and mega-cities like Rio de Janeiro perhaps? This vast and varied continent is home to some of the world’s rarest wildlife, most fascinating indigenous cultures, and vibrant lifestyles. From the vibrant Buenos Aires to the grand Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, you are guaranteed to remember your time here.
Many people would argue that English drives the world today. From businessmen in the Middle East to hoteliers in Asia, (and let’s not forget beach bums from around the world who want to use English to flirt with tourists!) everyone wants to learn this international language of currency. And you know what that means? This desire to learn the lingo has given rise to huge demand for English teachers worldwide!
The TravelWorks volunteer projects are located in Florianópolis, Curitiba, and Rio de Janeiro, and include a home for abused children, an assistance programme for disadvantaged families and environmental conservation projects.
The popular gap-year destinations of Vietnam and Thailand are experiencing a drop in accommodation prices as the dry-season comes to an end. The latest Price Index from HotelCombined.com shows accommodation prices in Hanoi, Vietnam have fallen 12.91 per cent as the city approaches the end of the dry season.
This year is set to be the year of voluntourism, with students look to do something charitable and gain valuable work experience on their gap year, according to youth travel specialist STA Travel.
Groups as small as just four people can enjoy 19 days exploring Argentina, Brazil and Chile with their very own guide. The itinerary takes in Rio De Janeiro, the Sugarloaf Mountain, the rainforests of Iguazú and Buenos Aires as well as Patagonia.
If you're yearning to escape the wintery conditions and have your eye on a sun-soaked gap year, then Octopus Travel can help save on accommodation costs, with cheap rooms in southern hemisphere hotspots.
If your gap year takes you through South America, then you should definitely consider taking in the world's biggest party - the annual Rio De Janeiro carnival is a multi-million pound four-day extravaganza and you can see it in style with Goway tours.
The Guardian has announced the full list of winners for their 2010 Travel Awards, giving gap year students plenty of inspiration for new destinations to explore.