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10 Best Places to Visit on a Gap Year

Going on a gap year can be an excellent way to see the world, and aside from cheap flights, doesn’t need to be particularly expensive.
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Going on a gap year can be an excellent way to see the world, and aside from cheap flights, doesn’t need to be particularly expensive. It’s possible to save money on day to day costs by taking advantage of student and young person discounts, as well as through Inter Rail train tickets for multiple countries and destinations in Europe. At the same time, you can check online for discounts to attractions like the theatre in London, as well as for transport links in major cities.

Some of the best places to visit on a gap year include:

1 – Thailand 

10 Best Places to Visit on a Gap Year

 

Long a backpackers’ paradise, Thailand in Southeast Asia is cheap to navigate once you’ve paid for your flights; while there you can see Buddhist temples, sample the energy of Bangkok, or head out to KohaoSok National Park and scuba diving resorts.

2 – United States 

 
10 Best Places to Visit on a Gap Year

It’s possible to save money on a gap year trip to the United States by looking for au pair placements, as well as teaching contracts for summer camps. You can also save money by traveling by Greyhound bus.

3 – China 

10 Best Places to Visit on a Gap Year

 

Paid teaching work is widely available for gap year English speakers – you need to complete a TEFL qualification before travelling, and should always take the time to thoroughly research the region that you’ll be visiting – outside of Beijing and Hong Kong you may also have to invest in Mandarin lessons to get by.
4 – Laos 
 
10 Best Places to Visit on a Gap Year
Another South East Asian destination for backpackers, Laos is landlocked, and is noticeably more laid back than border countries like Vietnam and Cambodia; see the wildlife at the Bokeo Nature Reserve, or travel through islands like the Van Vieng and their caves.
5 – Costa Rica 
10 Best Places to Visit on a Gap Year
 
English teaching opportunities are also available in this Central American country, which is also distinguished by its bio diverse parks, active volcanoes, and a reputation for extreme sports holidays.
6 – Australia 
 
10 Best Places to Visit on a Gap Year
A favorite for backpackers looking for an extended stay in one country, the continent sized Australia can provide you with opportunities for everything from Outback wilderness tours to teaching and au pairing in large cities, or exploring the Great Barrier Reef and the country’s beaches.

7 – Bolivia 

 
10 Best Places to Visit on a Gap Year

A cheaper option than most other South American countries, Bolivia is ideal for backpacking through a mild, if still warm climate, and for anyone looking to save on hostels. Key sights include the carnival in Oruro, and the Madidi National Park.

8 – Buenos Aires 

 
10 Best Places to Visit on a Gap Year

A good stop off point for anyone traveling through South America as part of their gap year, Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina. Very cosmopolitan, Buenos Aires is crowded with historical spots, beaches, and a large number of hostels for young travelers.

9 – Spain 

 
10 Best Places to Visit on a Gap Year

Hostel prices have dropped in recent years as a result of Spain’s economy, making 2013 one of the best times in a while to explore the whole of the country; soak in the atmosphere of cities like Madrid and Barcelona, see the Basque country, or enjoy the beaches of the Costa del Sol to the South.
10 – India
 
10 Best Places to Visit on a Gap Year
For anyone looking for an epic gap year, India is too large to really see in the space of 12 months, but can be broken down into different backpacking routes; volunteering opportunities can also be found, while it’s possible to travel around the country at a relatively low price, the result of cheap train journeys and food costs.
 











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