Keeping in touch with friends and family is an important part of any gap year, whatever you decide to do. It enables you to let your parents know that you’re OK and stay connected with your friends. Staying in contact is also a great way to combat homesickness and as a brilliant reminder or memento of your trip, that you can look at when you return.
Forget diets and detox! This January, why not follow our Top 5 New Years Resolutions to make you a better traveller? For the wannabe photographers and Skype addicts in us all - these resolutions are bound to make 2012 an even better year for travel.
For a budget gap year, Europe is an ideal destination. Have you considered Berlin? With well over 800,000 fans, Berlin is one of the most popular cities on Facebook - and the Mayor is planning to harness that support to find even more fans.
We are just days from A-level results time and, if you are stressed out by media reports that over 200,000 students may be unable to get a place, a working holiday would form part of a very productive gap year. Results come out August 18.
Win a gap year trip for you and your pals with an innovative Facebook competition from Expedia.com. The Facebook sweepstakes has a trip to South Korea as its top prize, in a social media competition that is open to students from across the globe.
Expedia.com has launched a new Facebook promotion that will deliver more than one million dollars' worth of travel to its friends on Facebook. All wannabe travellers have to do to have a chance of picking some of the prizes on offer is befriend Expedia on the social media site.
We all love taking holiday photographs, not just to preserve the memories, but also, if you're honest, to make others jealous as you show off when you get home. Now there is a third reason to flex your photography skills on your gap year, with Travelbag's new competition.