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Get lost in the magic of Laos

Get lost in the magic of Laos

With ornate temples, limestone crags, welcoming locals and the mighty Mekong River, Laos is the epitome of romantic gap year travel. If you are keen on getting off the beaten track and visiting destinations far...

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Get lost in the beautiful charm of Langkawi, Malaysia

Get lost in the beautiful charm of Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi, Malaysia is on many a student's gap year bucket list and it is easy to see why. With pristine white sand beaches, tropical jungle, sizzlingly spicy street food and plenty of activities to...

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Why has everyone fallen in love with Southeast Asia?

Why has everyone fallen in love with Southeast Asia?

Over the last few years, more travellers than ever have been venturing to Southeast Asia for the ultimate sense of adventure. And who can blame them? These distant shores have an abundance of culture, cuisine...

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Top 10 things to do in breathtaking Sri Lanka

Top 10 things to do in breathtaking Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an incredibly beautiful gap year destination that offers the most amazing variety of landscapes and activities. There are literally hundreds of things to see and do in this gorgeous and mostly unspoilt...

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Adventure and culture awaits in beautiful Bhutan

Adventure and culture awaits in beautiful Bhutan

Remote, beautiful, and packed with mesmerising landscapes, Bhutan is the ultimate gap year for anyone looking to experience something completely different and get out off the beaten path. Here are some ideas to help you...

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10 things to do in Vietnam

10 things to do in Vietnam

Combining the hustle and bustle of city living with picturesque beaches and industrial farming landscapes; Vietnam is a destination that ticks all boxes. Being faced with such a plethora of things to do when entering...

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Top 10 Things To Do in Cambodia

Top 10 Things To Do in Cambodia

For decades, Cambodia has been topping the lists of best-rated backpacker destinations in the world. This stunning South East Asian country is a favourite among travellers planning their gap year, and for very good reasons...

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Three islands worth your while in the Philippines

Three islands worth your while in the Philippines

The Philippines' is a part of the world that everyone needs to see, whether this is on a gap year or a just a holiday, the beauty will leave you breathless.  There are over 6000...

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Why we love Bali

Why we love Bali

Of the many islands in the Indonesian archipelago, Bali is one that stands out among the rest. Stepping onto the province, one can immediately understand why. There are many facets of the Balinese culture and...

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Work and travel around Southeast Asia on your gap year with CAMP CHALLENGE

Work and travel around Southeast Asia on your gap year with CAMP CHALLENGE

Join CAMP CHALLENGE as an outdoor and adventure camp instructor during your gap year. We offer a flexible work arrangement schedule that allows you to take time off to travel around Southeast Asia. Experience the...

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East Timor is a secret paradise

East Timor is a secret paradise

East Timor or Timor-Leste has had a turbulent past, having been controlled by other countries such as Portugal and the Netherlands since the 1500s onwards. But in 2002 it all started to change, as the island...

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Doing your gap year on the cheap: Hanoi

Doing your gap year on the cheap: Hanoi

Not everyone who embarks on a big international adventure has a shedload of money to throw about. In fact, most young people who embark on a year of travelling around don't have much to...

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Special Scuba Dive Deal: Dive Point Samui and The Gap Year Travel Guide Partnership

Special Scuba Dive Deal: Dive Point Samui and The Gap Year Travel Guide Partnership

Koh Samui is one of Thailand’s most diverse islands to enjoy – with adventures on-land on safaris, zip-lining, partying… and in the water – kayaking, snorkeling, and of course scuba diving. Angthong...

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So what is Davy Jones Locker?

So what is Davy Jones Locker?

Long before the Pirates of the Caribbean films Davy Jones Locker Diving was teaching people to dive on Koh Tao in Thailand. DJL has grown from one of the many small dive shops on the...

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Climbing the Great Wall

Climbing the Great Wall

Arriving on the first day of university, who’d have guessed that a couple of months down the line (post week-long drinking marathons and freshers flu) I’d be signing myself up to...

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It’s more than just teaching

It’s more than just teaching

Teaching Abroad is more about the Abroad than the Teaching. There are few places in the world with as strong an association with backpacking as South East Asia in general, and Thailand in particular. For...

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Future Music Festival 2014 announces its biggest lineup EVER!

Future Music Festival 2014 announces its biggest lineup EVER!

Future Music Festival, Kuala Lumpa has released their list of acts for 2014 and boy, does it look good! Here we have a quick run through of who’s going to be there   Future...

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TripAdvisor’s Top 10 B&Bs in Kandy

TripAdvisor’s Top 10 B&Bs in Kandy

Located in the central province of Sri Lanka, Kandy is known as the hill capital and is situated almost 500 metres above sea level. The city boasts lush vistas, picturesque waterfalls and deep and verdant valleys...

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TripAdvisor’s Top 10 budget eateries in Phnom Penh

TripAdvisor’s Top 10 budget eateries in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is known for its diverse history, from temples to palaces and examples of the city’s French colonial background. The climate, beautiful scenery and history all play a part in making Phnom...

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The ultimate kung fu school

The ultimate kung fu school

Nestled in the mist-shrouded mountains of Thailand’s remote north-west lies the kung fu school which we have all dreamed of.  Where: Surrounded by rice fields and jungle and overlooking the valley of...

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Teaching and Tubing: working in Hanoi and Vang Vieng

Teaching and Tubing: working in Hanoi and Vang Vieng

Southeast Asia is by no means an undiscovered destination for young travellers, but my two-month trip there was one that could never have been planned, predicted, or even imagined.  With the initial intention to...

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New Heaven Dive School & Reef Conservation Program (NHRCP)

New Heaven Dive School & Reef Conservation Program (NHRCP)

We enjoy diving… but we also love the environment. Want to do more than just your average dive course? Our unique program and conservation courses were the first, and are the longest running ones...

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TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Bangkok B&Bs under £20

TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Bangkok B&Bs under £20

One of the most popular destinations for travellers, Bangkok is known as a culture-filled city famous for its nightlife, gastro-delights and stunning temples. The capital of Thailand is teeming with accommodation of varying degrees in...

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TEFL: Four small letters, millions of possibilities

TEFL: Four small letters, millions of possibilities

Want to earn money on your gap year? Looking to stay for longer in one destination AND get paid to live and work there? With around 2 billion people learning English worldwide, the demand for people...

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Top 5 Diving Spots

Top 5 Diving Spots

Travellers from all over the world visit South East Asia for its mesmerising driving locations - The Gap Year Travel Guide selects five top locations for you. Similan Islands, Thailand Widely regarded as one of...

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How to TEFL

How to TEFL

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (aka TEFL) is a rewarding way to get the most out of your gap year experience. Applying to teach abroad is surprisingly easy - we show you how to...

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The Thaime of My Life

The Thaime of My Life

The DOs and DON'Ts of travelling through Thailand By Bridget Cook. Thailand is one of my favourite places I have ever been to. Fun, stupidly beautiful, with a carefree, untamed air that...

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Indonesian Island Hopping

Indonesian Island Hopping

Indonesia is an archipelago, comprising of more than 17,100 islands flung across the Timor Sea. Stretching from Malaysia to Australia, each speck of Indonesia comes complete with its own culture, traditions and histories. With such endless...

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The South East Asian Circuit

The South East Asian Circuit

The South-East Asian Circuit is a mammoth expedition through the four heavy-weights of sea - Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Leading you through cities, beaches, ancient temples and mountains, it's no surprise that this...

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South East Asia: what do you think?

South East Asia: what do you think?

Readers give the lowdown on their favourite places in South East Asia. Thailand is my favourite place ever; it’s so lovely, with exceptional views and plenty to do. My favourite part was...

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Teaching in Thailand

Teaching in Thailand

By Alexandra Quinn. I was first inspired to teach abroad after a representative from Vesl came to my university. Vesl is a small Charity that runs meaningful volunteering and teaching opportunities in Thailand, Sri Lanka...

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Malaysian Mainland

Malaysian Mainland

Thousands of backpackers flock to Malaysia each year to experience the vibrant mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian influences which swirl throughout the country's cities and towns. This route takes you through the peninsular...

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Cambodia: a country at a crossroads

Cambodia: a country at a crossroads

 In recent years, Cambodia has exploded and evolved into a hotspot for tourism. Over 1.3 million tourists visited Cambodia during the first six months of 2011 alone. So what is it about...

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