Gap Year Ideas & Adventure Inspiration

Lacking inspiration for your gap year? Look no further.

Many people decide to take a year out instead of going into university or college for a variety of reasons. However you may find yourself asking ‘what can I do in my gap year’?

We've comprised a list of Gap Year adventures that has recommendations for everyone from thrill-seekers to nature enthusiasts. There are hundreds of gap year ideas out there and there’s something for everyone. You're guaranteed to have an amazing time, whatever you choose.

Back to Gap Year Homepage


Inter-rail through Europe

Inter-railing 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 next. It is essential that you grab yourself an InterRail pass as you will be able to have the ideal holiday on a low budget.

Interrail through Europe


Teach English Abroad

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.


Choosing to go abroad and volunteer can be one of the most rewarding experiences you'll ever have. There are tonnes of opportunities out there, ranging from going out to build schools or housing for those that need it, to animal conservation and preservation.

Setup 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.

Get Paid to Ski

Like thousands of students each year why not get paid to ski ! You can take part in seasonal work in ski resorts which means you don’t need to take a gap year to have this awesome experience. If you’ve ever wanted to ski but never tried then in your extra time you’ll be able to ski with new friends that have heaps of experience and will happily show you a thing or two. With so many positions to fill such as lift operators and desk clerks, ski resorts are always hiring young people from all over the world which means you’ll definitely be in the running of getting your dream position. Popular spots for seasonal work include the French Alps, New Zealand and a lot of the North American resorts. There are a range of amazing places to choose to spend your season, but remember to apply early for positions as they do fill up fast and you’ll want to have something sorted long before the season starts.

Work in a Ski Resort on a ski season


Train as a Missionary

If you’re religious or looking to find yourself then you can try joining the missionary. It must be said that missionary work can be challenging as you will be engaging with people from all different walks of life and fundraising in a country you may not know a lot about. However being a missionary can be fulfilling and allows you to gain the necessary skills that you can take into employment.

Become a Travel Writer

If you love writing then why not become a travel writer. Not only will you be going to a range of countries but you’ll be able to get your experiences to other budding travelers. Check out, they accept travel content in exchange for money. You can start by writing a blog as this will be your foundation and reputation you will need so that you can apply for journalism roles within travel magazines.

Try Your Hand at Travel Photography

Like travel writing this is a very hard field to get into but is defiantly worth the try. With the so many different forms of social media you can build yourself a portfolio and get your work out there. Here at StudentUniverse we love receiving your images; you can submit photos for competitions which mean you can win great travel experiences and your images can be featured on our website and Facebook account which is viewed by millions!

Sell your travel photos


Find A Job On A Cruise Ship

If you’re looking for some fun why not try working on a cruise ship. You’ll be able to experience a variety of countries, cultures and people. With so many positions there will be something for you. You’ll get a free room, food and a free ride for zero pence whilst getting paid!

Work as Cabin Crew

Why not work as Cabin Crew as this will allow you to visit a variety of destinations without money coming out of your pocket. If you love flying around then this is definitely the job for you though it comes with its challenges, you’ll be able to experience luxury in some of the most amazing hotels and no day will ever be the same.

Go Carnival Hopping

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)

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

Take a ride on the Trans-Siberian Railway


Go to a Beach 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.

Back to Gap Year Homepage