Thoughts of tropical islands, adventurous treks and unforgettable experiences might be tempting you towards having a career break. However, it isn't as easy as hopping on a plane and exploring the world; here are just some of the most important things to consider if you're heading abroad.
Travelling is a great time to delve into some great travel books and there’s always plenty of time for it on the road too. Reading can help you escape the inevitable boredom of waiting around for flights and buses, while giving you a great insight into the culture, history and people of a country you’re travelling to. Here’s a list of some of our favourites.
Some people take a gap year through personal choice, some are forced to take time out to save for the expensive business of going through university. Is the recent hike in tuition fees causing more students to take a year out, travel and save up?
All Gap year travellers want to experience and explore new destinations and cultures and do so in an economic way. Finding affordable ways to travel allows gap year travellers to explore for longer, and with these money saving tips it is now easier than ever.
The world is a big place, but it’s getting a lot smaller due to globalisation. While this brings a mixed blessing, the good news is that the modern travel scene is the best the world has ever seen! If you’re a first time traveller...
As the third biggest island of the Caribbean, Jamaica is generally known for a few things: sun, sea, sand and all inclusive resorts. But the truth of the matter is this is an incredibly diverse country with an intriguing cultural heritage.
From the budget digs of India to the tranquil beaches of Fiji, travel routes all over the world offer the best sights, sounds, and experiences that will live with you for the rest of your life. But the trick is knowing where to go.
UK travellers who visit Europe this summer have often been left at the mercy of rip-off roaming charging when using their mobile phones aboard. But thanks to a new smartphone and pocket Wi-Fi rental service, gap year traveller and holidaymakers alike can now save up to 90 per cent on their mobile phone roaming charges.
New research has found gap year adventurers are more likely to send a text than a postcard while travelling. A poll for AA Travel Insurance found just 37% say they write and send postcards abroad, while 3% plan to have no contact with home at all.
Nothing in the world is more exciting than some of the independent backpacking circuits of the world. These well-trodden trails are perfect retreats for alternative lifestyle living, short escapades into the unknown, and manic adventures in foreign lands.
Travelling alone during your gap year can be a little daunting, so do some research before you go and take on board tips from experienced solo trippers. Cheapflights.co.uk has compiled a series of safety essentials and destination advice to help.
Backpackers heading for a far-eastern adventure will be pleased to hear that Lonely Planet’s 12th edition China travel guide is out this month. Describing the vast country as a ‘land of contradictions,’ the guide was written by 11 authors.
What will you miss the most during your gap year? Your mum, your friends or a good cup of tea? A new survey on what travellers miss the most found it is actually the comfort of your own bed that Brits miss the most while journeying abroad.
You may think inter-railing in Europe is a better best for a cost-effective gap year but the cost of living in Europe, and poor exchange rate, can really eat into your savings. The latest Post Office Holiday Costs Barometer compares everyday costs.
Gap-year students or career-break travellers looking for a different type of adventure should consider an overseas volunteer work placement, as Projects Aboard has just added two new destinations to its growing portfolio.
Young travellers can see more of the world than ever before, as a poll reveals travel has improved greatly in the past 10 years. More than 70% of travelers feel that travel overall has improved, while 61% believe the internet has improved choice.
What intrepid adventurer doesn't want to get off the beaten track and explore the unknown? But apparently some of us are more realistic than others when it comes to adventurous travel - as Sunshine.co.uk proves with the release of the 'top 10 list' for the most bizarre searches of holiday destinations.
One of Australia's most iconic natural tourist attractions, Uluru, is in the running to be listed as one of the world's New Seven Wonders of Nature. The Central Australia attraction, also known as Ayres Rock, is one of the most popular sites to visit in Australia with backpackers and travellers alike.
Are you a traveller looking for an adventure off the beaten track? A challenge which sets you apart from the crowd? Then look no further as you could be one of 12 contestants from around the world to join a brand new reality TV game show in Taiwan.
Gap Year travellers can now avoid costly currency fees if they get the Escape Travel Money Prepaid MasterCard before they go abroad. It can be used anywhere the MasterCard symbol is displayed and makes it free to withdraw cash from 1.5 million cash points.
Britons are saving more than ever and the number one thing they are saving for is a holiday. An estimated 14.5 million Brits are saving more than ever and many of us are going to some unusual lengths to stash the cash.
Ever wanted to make money from your travels? Well now aspiring travel writers have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of what it takes to become a successful travel writer. Bookings are now being taken for the next workshop on 'How to Write and Sell Travel Articles'.
There is a common misconception that volunteering is only available for people who are on a gap year according to a new study, released today. A new poll has shed light on the reasons why more Brits shy away from volunteering aboard with 47 per cent believing they are 'too busy' to volunteer aboard.
One in ten travellers think holidays to the moon will be feasible by 2020 a new study has revealed. The study, conducted by a leading UK online independent travel agent, revealed half of all travellers would be keen to go on a moon gap year if it was possible.
Gap-year and round the world travellers are now able to let the world know how grateful they are to the unsung heroes of their adventures by voting in the World Travel Awards 2011. Have you ever been on an amazing adventure that was made even better by the kind considerate help from airline staff?