Considering New Zealand for your gap year? Tourism New Zealand have come up with five top reasons to make the country top priority in your travel plans, if you still need some convincing. First and foremost, the Rugby World Cup 2011!
Glastonbury kicks off the festival season this weekend as a new survey reveals that frisky festival goers are enjoying more than just the music. A new survey has revealed that almost one in five (18 per cent) music fans have has a one night stand at a festival and one in six (15 per cent) have lost their underwear at a festival.
Festivals are as much part of the British summer as rain but if you can’t stomach the idea of a rain-drenched festival in the UK Serbia could well be an exciting alternative. With three festivals taking place within one week of each other in August, Serbia is home to a trio of festival.
Looking for festival fun as part of your gap year? Rail Europe have put together some recommended music extravaganzas taking place this summer, which could form the highlight of your trip, from the beaches of Benicassim to the Balkan beats of Serbia.
If a music festival is a gap year essential, the Isle of Wight festival in June is one of the UK's best. This year, those on their travels elsewhere can even watch the action live on Sky in 3D. Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters and Kasabian are headlining.
Europe is the place to be this summer for innovative music festivals at half the price of expensive UK weekenders. If it's too late to adjust your travel plans to attend this weekend's Aldrei fór ég suðu in Iceland, you can watch online.
Your gap year may take you away from the UK during festival season. But you can still get your music fix at one of the many festivals across Europe. Eastern Europe's music scene is thriving and, with tickets from 30 euros, it's highly affordable fun.
Book your next worldwide expedition with Bales and save hundreds, as the adventure tour operator is currently offering up to £645 per person off selected trips, including remote African safaris and Indian holy festivals.
If you're thinking of heading to Japan as part of your gap year, then there's no time like the present. With the cherry blossom season about to begin, the Japanese countryside will look its most scenic in the coming months.
The Caribbean island of Montserrat may be one of the last places you'd expect to find a vibrant St Patrick's Day festival, but the island's Irish heritage is proudly celebrated every year from March 12 to 19.
Next spring will see the launch of a new winter sports and musical festival, across three major US ski resorts. Okemo in Vermont will be the first host of FestEVOL on Marsh 19, which will also feature at Crested Butte in Colorado and Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire.
Still mourning the end of the UK festival season? Can't bear waiting nine months until Glastonbury? Then, keep the festival season going all year round with the Great Adventure People.
The snow cannons have been switched on as Copper gears up for the new ski season, which starts with a bang with Lift Off festival on November 5.
Edible chocolate dresses, camel wrestling, giant water fights and extreme body piercing are just four of the oddities included in Hostelling International's list of the 10 most unusual festivals in the world.