The gap year is an experience that must be cherished so it's vital that the destination is a perfect fit to provide you with that priceless memory. There's a whole world out there to explore but for those who need it narrowed down, here are the best gap year destinations:
This is a popular destination with gap year students as the exchange rate is a significant advantage. The colourful landscape is highly cultural and unique with landmarks such as Ayers Rock whilst Sydney and Melbourne offer plenty of work, youth hostels and a whole host of unique Australian activities.
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Another great destination with no real language barrier and plenty of attractive scenery on offer, South Africa has a lot of work for those who wish to connect with the local wildlife and offers great trails for backpackers. Elsewhere, the main cities are thriving and offer a great atmosphere.
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Many decide to visit alongside Australia but New Zealand is perfect for backpackers with its long and looming mountain ranges. There are plenty of cheap hostels in the cities such as Auckland and there are many activities for tourists to engage in as well as delicious foods to sample.
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The famous Inca Trail leading to the renowned site of Macchu Picchu is just one of the many reasons to visit this historically significant country on a gap year excursion. Spanish is a great language to learn due to its universality and the culture on offer is simply sublime.
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France is a land of opportunities for those seeking a simple year out; many like to indulge themselves in the romantic Parisian culture, taking in the sights and learning the language as an au-pair, whilst others like to explore the extended regions of one of Europe's most beautiful nations.
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India is meant to be an enlightening experience; its cramped streets and cities are culturally rich but it's a view of a thoroughly Third World nation with plenty of voluntary roles for gap year students. Accommodation and food is very cheap and therefore great for those on a budget.
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As well as hosting one of the most diverse cultures in the world, Mexico is a thumping and vibrant country with cities such as Mexico City and Cancun epitomising the sheer beauty and class of the country. There are also many important conservation projects going on around the area.
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One thing that Japan craves is those who can speak English; people can find jobs teaching English in schools as well as sampling the technologically advanced culture that envelopes the ambitious nation. It can be expensive but it's an experience that won't be forgotten any time soon.
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There are plenty of opportunities in African countries to help out those less fortunate. Many projects, such as building schools and other establishments, are popular for gap year students as well as helping out as classroom assistants. It's kept safe and is considered a very cheap gap year option.
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Austria suits those who wish to take a year out as ski-instructors, working at a luxurious chalet in the Alps. Not only is it a great place to work and socialise, with a kinetic nightlife, but it's great at taking care of its workers, providing food, flights and accommodation.
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