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What is a gap year?

Gap year's come in all shapes and sizes - it can be a year out after you've finished school or university, it can be a sabbatical from work (you lucky thing) or you could just decide to say goodbye to office life and hello to traveller life for a year. Whatever you're looking for from your gap year, our experts are here to help. They know everything there is to know about gap years, and have probably been on one themselves! Not sure what you want to do on your gap year? Why not have a look at a few of our ideas below!

Gap year programs & gap year ideas

Not sure what you want to do on your gap year, and looking for some inspiration? We've got loads of fun research for you, as we're full of gap year ideas - from teaching english overseas all the way through to volunteer programs you can do on your gap year! Have a look below.
 

 

 

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Round the World

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Volunteer overseas

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Work overseas

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Gap Year

Teach English overseas

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Should I take a gap year?

Yes, yes, one thousand times yes! We're strong advocates of the Gap Year here at STA Travel. Whether you're fresh out of school or half way through your career, we always encourage people to explore the wild and wonderful world we live in! If you've been idly eyeing up the outside world wondering what's out there, it's time to stop wondering and start wandering.

Want some inspiration? Check out Karl & James' Round the World adventure below!

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Gap year destinations

Gap year UK

Want to spend a year soaking up the hustle and bustle of London, or do you want to hop around in jobs across Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland? Get the true UK experience by living and working where all the excitement happens!
UK Travel Guide

Gap year Canada

Not only about ice hockey and maple syrup, Canada offers a lot for the adventurous traveller! From unbelievable scenery and exhilarating outdoor activities, to a great urban vibe, the great white north is a top contender for the epic gap year trip!
Canada travel guide

Gap year America

Whether you're after vibrant cities or sleepy towns, epic expeditions or some real down time, this exciting collection of states will guarantee you one helluva gap year!
USA travel guide

Gap year Europe

Fancy travelling more than just the UK, and want to see all that Europe has to offer - delicious tapas in Barcelona, crazy underground nightclubs in Berlin, and the vineyards of Italy? Image the experiences you'd get from one whole year in Europe!
Europe travel guide

Gap year blog

STA Travel Blog

A year gone wild: in the UK

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STA Travel Blog

How to plan a gap year

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STA Travel Blog

Why giving everything up to go travelling was the best decision I ever made

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