Today, thousands of people are taking ‘gap year’ all over the world, travelling to destinations of their dreams. It would be great if families are taken up to this eyes-opening opportunity and embrace the experiences during the year-in-between. So we’d like to present you six destinations around the world to travel to for an unusual gap year experience. Whether you are looking for a cultural trip, party escape, or an adventurous voyage; there is something for everyone to spend their time away as they wish.
Yangon, Myanmar – For the Culture Inspired Traveller
Bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand is the beautiful country of Myanmar, within this lies the city of Yangon, home to bustling street markets, beautiful beaches, holy sites and the gilded Shwedagon Pagoda and Sule Pagoda. Take a scenic trip to Kandawgyi Lake where you’ll find the Karaweik restaurant, boasting impressive views of the lake’s vast landscape.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica – For the Nature Inspired Traveller
Escape to the colourful port city of Puerto Limon and embrace the Pura Vida way of life, known for its lush tropical landscapes, pristine beaches and rainforests. Make sure you take trips to the Veragua Rainforest Park, Tortuguero Canal, Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary and the Veragua Rainforest Reserve.
Perth, Australia – For the Party Loving Traveller
Often overshadowed by the city of Sydney, the oasis city of Perth has it all, from bustling city nightlife, to stunning sandy beaches and botanical gardens, year-round sunshine, surfing and a myriad of tropical marine life waiting to be discovered. Take a trip to the iconic Pink Lake, hit Perth’s small bars in the city centre and utter the secret password to gain entry into Perth’s best bar, Sneaky Tony’s.
Bogota, Colombia – For the Adventurous Traveller
After years of conflict, the Colombian capital has re-emerged as an exciting new hotspot for culture, fun and adventure. Take an art and food tour of Bogota, a trip to the Gold Museum, ‘Museo del Oro’, soak up the artistic vibe along La Candelaria’s cobbled streets and dance the night away to rumba and salsa at Zona Rosa’s nightclubs.
Budapest, Hungary – For the Foodie Loving Traveller
Often overlooked on the European inter-railing map is the beautiful capital city of Budapest. Architecturally, Budapest is a treasure trove and the city is blessed with an abundance of natural hot springs and its reputation as a food capital does not disappoint! Take a stroll along Europe’s second longest river, the Danube, tuck into delicious Hungarian food at the Great Market Hall and start the evening right with a trip to Budapest’s famous ruin pubs.
Chiang Mai, Thailand – For the Relaxation Seeking Traveller
The mountainous city of Chiang Mai should not go unnoticed. Explore off the beaten track and travel like a local to Chiang Mai, discover pristine rainforest reserves, majestic waterfalls, bubbling natural hot springs and sleepy countryside villages. During your travels make sure you visit one of the numerous elephant sanctuaries, visit the Pure White Temple, get a foot massage by a prison inmate and try the local delicacy of Khao Soi, or Northern style curried noodle soup.