Taking a gap year is a very personal thing and you should make sure you choose an itinerary that fits in with your interests and personality, rather than just following the crowds. With that in mind, we've got a few suggestions for themed gap years.
Asia is a fantastic holiday destination, though the diverse range of cultures and countries it consists of (not to mention its vast size) can make it a bit difficult to decide where exactly you should go. This is especially the case if you have never been to Asia before, with a cruise break a particularly good way to get an oversight of this terrific continent.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand will be celebrating the Thai New Year of Songkran by bringing a taste of the festivities to the heart of London.
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.
The most important movie event of the year is almost here, the Oscars. This year’s Oscar nominated movies are set in variety of destinations across the world and many may even inspire your choice of gap year destinations, from a road trip in the USA, to language learning in France, exploring the landscapes of India or ‘finding yourself’ in Thailand.
One of the biggest Thai festivals of the year, Loy Krathong is almost here, so if you’re spending your gap year backpacking around South East Asia, then you’ll want to find the best places to celebrate this most atmospheric of festivals.
While food festivals are usually brimming with gourmet offerings and champagne tastings, Phuket is hosting a wholly different kind of event that will please those travellers who usually come up against many gastronomical hurdles.
The most popular gap year destinations are also the most expensive, according to new research from Moneycorp and gapyear.com.
If you're in the process of planning your gap year, becoming an international volunteer is something well worth considering. Among your options is the extremely rewarding opportunity to build homes for local communities - and you can discover the top places to do so with our guide.
A few companies in Australia in New Zealand have discovered a way to connect solo travellers on the road, and allow them to travel together as one big raucous group. Welcome aboard the backpacker bus...
Every April, while we’re still scoffing our Easter chocolate, Thailand is celebrating the New Year with one of the best water fights in the world. So, here’s the Songkran festival, in a nutshell…
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have extended travel restrictions in Thailand, after 13 people were killed at 400 injured by bombs in Hat Yai and Yala over the weekend.
If you're planning to incorporate a trip to Thailand in your gap year adventure, make sure you take the time to work out your perfect itinerary. Read our guide to find tips on how to organise the ideal route for you.
Parents are so inspired by their children’s gap year stories – that they’re visiting the same places as their globe-trotting kids.
We go on a five minute speed date with the capital city of Thailand, Bangkok. A city which is an assault on the senses; one that's loud, dirty, chaotic, colourful and exciting. A city of contrasts where glitzy shopping malls and high tech sky-trains sit along street vendors and buzzing tuk tuks.
There are some pretty weird laws around the world, and while some such as not wearing pink hot pants after midday in Australia, may not be all that important, others such as not chewing gum in Singapore or not kissing in public in Dubai are essential to remember if you don’t want to end up in trouble with the authorities.
Many backpackers booking flights to the Far East will no doubt be looking forward to relaxing on some of the famous and beautiful Thai beaches. There is no better way to experience this laidback side of the country than by taking an island-hopping tour.
Keen to combine doing volunteer work with seeing one of the most beautiful destinations on the planet? If so, you are sure to want to head to Thailand. Spend some time in the country on a gap year and you'll be able to take part in rewarding community projects, as well as see amazing sights.
Thai food is becoming increasingly popular here in the UK and we even go as far as saying that we think people even prefer it to their favourite Chinese takeout. Food in Thailand is even spicier, tastier, more sour and fragrant than the Thai food you find abroad and backpacking during your gap year provides you with the perfect opportunity to frequent the street food stalls and try them all out. Here’s a list of our Thai favourites.
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.
Each week at mapthegap.co.uk, we’ve been focusing on a different gap year organisation, giving you the info to make the decision of choosing just that little bit easier. This week we continue by looking at Global Vision International.
Being a vegetarian can be hard when you’re travelling, vegetarian options are not always available, you don’t want to feel like a pain dragging your travelling companions round to ten different restaurants and you might be worried about offending other cultures by not eating the meat they’ve cooked for you. In some countries like India, New Zealand and Greece you can expect to find good vegetarian alternatives, however, there are a few surprisingly good destinations for vegetarians that you wouldn’t have expected.
Each week at mapthegap.co.uk, we’ve been focusing on a different gap year company, to give you the low down on what they offer and places they go to. This week we’re focusing on Gapforce.
We’re continuing our gap year company profile series this week with a focus on Madventurer, a non-profit volunteer organisation. These profiles are designed to help you make that decision of choosing a gap year company just that little bit easier, giving you all the information you need in one place.
Rising university fees have led to a 30 per cent rise in the number of students heading abroad to work, study and volunteer, according to new figures from STA Travel. The youth travel specialist has seen a climb in bookings after the government introduced its top-up university fees for 2012. Many young people are now looking at alternative ways to bolster their CVs.