Ultimate GuidesWritten by our expert travellers, our Ultimate Guides are articles and features on perenially popular gap year and backpacker topics. Browse the list below to find something that catches your eye, or use the search facility to the right of your screen to find a guide which is particularly relevant for you and your gap year planning. Remember that you can find gap year jobs, voluntary placements, and year out ideas by exploring our sections on jobs, volunteering and ideas.
Congratulations to Tasha McDonnell, the winner of our travel writing competition! Tasha is 17, from Chester, and she went to Kenya to volunteer in July 2011:
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Find a backpacker job for your gap year in Australia or New Zealand
Bolivia is known as the South American ‘Tibet’ because of its landlocked nature and mountainous terrain.
Thailand is a traveller’s paradise with amazing beaches and islands, Buddhist temples and the metropolis of Bangkok.
Kenya has been called the ‘cradle of humanity’, a description based on its closeness to the rift valley.