Best Gap Year Travel Companies

Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or a first-timer, choosing the right company to help plan your gap year is essential. With such a selection of companies out there, we’ve narrowed down our top five, each fitting into a different category of travel: backpacking, adventure, volunteering, working abroad and solo travel. Take a look and discover which company best suits you.

Backpacking: STA Travel

Our go-to company for expert knowledge, flawless service and down-to-earth advice, no company ticks every box like STA. From round-the-world flights to visas and accommodation expertise, go in-store, online or give them a call, they’re sure to fast-track your travel plans.


Adventure: KE Adventure Travel

For travellers with a penchant for true expeditions, KE Adventure Travel offer one of the widest collections of adventure travel opportunities on the web. Whether you want to trek to Everest Base Camp or follow in the boots of Ernest Shackleton in Antarctica, these trips come at a slightly higher price but offer true value for money given the complexity of the trips.


Voluteering: BUNAC

Creating life changing working adventures across the globe, BUNAC was established in 1962 and has been enabling curious travellers to put down roots pretty much anywhere in the world ever since. BUNAC also offer recruitment fairs and free travel talks to help your chances of finding the perfect opportunity.


Working Abroad: Big Beyond

Specialists in bespoke volunteer projects with a focus on conservation and development, Big Beyond open doors across the world, from South-East Asia to Africa. Their trips range in length from two weeks to six months and tackle some of the world’s biggest issues, from gender-empowerment to wildlife conservation.


Solo: Real Gap Experience

With a flawless round-the-world programme, Real Gap Experience employs only the most knowledgeable experts that have experienced their trips first-hand. They also offer an awesome ‘Buddy List’ programme that puts you in touch with other travellers on your journey – making them the perfect option for first-time solo travellers.

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