Many people decide to take a year out instead of going into university for a variety of reasons. However you may find yourself asking ‘what can I do in my gap year’. Here at StudentUniverse we have comprised a list of the most daring of activities to the most earth loving that may help you with your decision.

Travel Around South East Asia

Travelling around Southeast Asia is a must for any true explorer. As proven by millions of gappers who’ve visited the likes of Laos, Bali and Thailand over the years. This is the perfect place for anyone wanting to experience life on the road on a budget Check out our previous blog on The Ultimate Southeast Asia Adventures for a list of places to visit and what you can do.

The Ultimate List Of Gap Year Ideas


Ski In Canada

Having a ski season is a really popular gap year idea. If you want to go somewhere different from the norm of France and Switzerland, why not head a little further to Canada. Banff and Whistler are the two most popular ski resorts in Western Canada and they’re teeming with ski season opportunities.

Ski In Canada

Explore Wildlife

If wildlife is your thing then you’ll be very happy volunteering in Borneo. It is the most popular place to volunteer if you’ll enjoy working with proboscis Monkeys, Oranguatans, Hornbills and other exotic animals.

Inter-rail through Europe

InterRailing through Europe is one of the oldest gap year ideas around. It goes way back to the 60’s and it’s still as popular today as it was back then. Sit back and relax as the train takes you from one destination to the text. It is essential that you grab yourself an InterRail pass as you will be able to have the ideal holiday on a low budget.

Teach Engligh

For those who are looking to globetrot, but lack the necessary skills, teaching English as a foreign language could be just the way to go. No experience is necessary and with TEFL courses available for less than £200 it’s a really cost-effective way to fund your travels.

Teach Engligh

Visit Australia

Working in Australia is a favourite pastime and if you’re looking for somewhere with sun, sea and sand look no further. To get an idea of what Australia has to offer check out The Ultimate Bucklist For Australia. Australia is an incredibly vast and diverse country where you could spend years travelling and not see it all. A gap year away makes may be the start.


Whilst most people volunteer, you can set yourself a personal goal and set up your own fundraiser. Fundraising activities are a great way to spend your gap year. They can be achieved in just a few weeks and the money raised can truly impact on individual lives

Set Up A Charity

Charity adventures are a great way to spend your gap year or even annual leave. They can be achieved in a just a few weeks and can change lives with the money you raise, you’ll get a sense of satisfaction and also have an awesome time along the way.

Set Up A Charity


Go Carnival Hoping 

Ain’t no party like a gap year party, that’s for sure. Take a look at the some of the top 5 celebrations around the world   including the Rio Carnival, Mardi Gras, Edinburgh Festival. There’s no need to build your gap year up into some huge life changing experience, if you fancy just going partying for a bit, roll with it, enjoy it, and party hard.

Go On An African Safari

Going on an African Safari can be the adventure you’re looking for. The most iconic safaris are in Kenya. You’ll be blown away by the rivers, woodlands and Africa’s Big Five (Lions, Elephants, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopards)

Go On An African Safari


Party In Thailand

The Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan, Thailand, is a ultimate bucklist contender and is one of the things to do before you die. It’s celebrated every month on Haad Rin beach and it’s a party like no other.

Visit Machu Picchu

There are few man-made wonders as iconic as Machu Picchu, and there are few better ways to see it than the four or five days spent trekking the Inca Trail.

Visit Machu Picchu

Travel By The Trans-Siberian Railway

Take the Trans-Siberian Railway. It is not just a train to Moscow to Vladivostok, the Trans-Siberian railway travels through China, Manchuria and Mongolia. It’s not the longest railway in the world for nothing!

Things To Do In Your 20’s

If your still stuck on ideas for your gap year, check out our blog post for the ultimate places to visit in your 20’s for more ideas. Travelling in your twenties is a great chance to shape your views on the world and understand what you’ll like to do in life. You’re more appreciative of other cultures than you were in your teens, and you still have the energy for endless exploring.

Check Out StudentUniverse

Here at StudentUniverse we have the most amazing tours from the UK to China, at student friendly prices making sure your money stays in your pockets.

Check Out StudentUniverse

There’s a world of opportunity out there just waiting to be explored, so make sure you don’t miss out! Remember, the only thing that’s limiting you is your imagination.

If you’re a student discount hunter, you can get student only rates on flights, hotels and tours at StudentUniverse.


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