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The World's Greatest Adventures on your Year Out

If you are taking time out of your career or studying to travel abroad, make sure you plan in something extraordinary.

If you are taking time out of your career or studying to travel abroad, make sure you plan in something extraordinary. A travel experience that has the potential to challenge and inspire you. We're not talking about beach holidays or citybreaks here, this is serious adventure travel, that will help you to push your boundaries and improve your self confidence. In the past, only wealthy young people could afford to do a grand tour around Europe. Now adventure is accessible to all, through low price air fares and a competitive travel market. The difficulty now is deciding which option to go for, there are so many.

If it is a combination of outdoors adventure and a new yet familiar destination you fancy, then TrekAmerica offer some amazing experiences in the USA and Canada. Both countries offer spectacular scenery with well developed facilities for tourists and travellers, so you can be sure of having a great choice of adventure options. For example, they offer a great package which includes 12 nights camping, hiking and travelling through national parks such as Yellowstone and Monument Valley. You can try your hand at horse riding and white water rafting, with a tour leader and a group of like-minded travellers.

If Africa is more of a dream destination for you, Real Gap offer the opportunity to set the ultimate personal challenge with a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. From the top of Africa's highest summit you will be able to watch the sunrise or sunset in spectacular fashion. The trip involves camping out or sleeping in mountain huts. Oasis Overland also offer trips to Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi on a trip from Nairobi. On this 19 day trip you can see the wildlife of the Serengeti, the beaches of Zanzibar and Lake Malawi, staying in a combination of camping and hostels.  

Many people are interested in a volunteering adventure during their gap year, and GapGuru offer a range of placements including a brilliant sports coaching one in Bangalore, India, working with under-privileged children. You get to help the children learn confidence-building skills and learn some English (and football!) skills, whilst improving your own coaching skills. Raleigh International have long been one of the UK's major providers of life-changing experiences for young people. They offer placements in Borneo, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and India, working on community or environmental projects, combined with trekking and survival challenges.

If it's an adventure with a work angle that you are after, why not try training for a qualification in ski instructing or sailing with Flying Fish. They can even offer you a course which qualifies you to work as a steward or stewardess on board a luxury yacht, and do sail training in the UK or in Sydney, which would be a great thing to do if you are planning on taking a working holiday to Australia.

There are as many adventure options for your gap year as there are places to go in the world, you just need to work out what kind of year out adventure you want and how you can plan and budget for it. Check out our Adventure section on Gapwork.com for more details about any of these activities.