Need a timeout from your life? It doesn’t matter if you’ve just finished school, graduated from uni, want to take a break from your degree or your current job just isn’t cutting the mustard – there’s a lot to be said for taking a sabbatical. And it's never too late to take a gap year.

It’s an opportunity to work, teach, volunteer or learn in another country. Experience a different way of life and immerse yourself in a new culture, sans the tourist tagline. In the past year, Student Flights gap year bookings with no return date grew 31 percent, but it doesn’t stop there - there’s also been a 29 percent increase for open-ended adult (non-student) bookings. For many, a gap year may be less than six months and for others, 12 months may not be long enough.

The UK is a great option for those wanting to base themselves in a big city but also have the opportunity to travel Europe in their downtime – and you don’t necessarily have to work in a pub. Our tour partners like Real Gap and BritBound can help with finding a professional job where you’ll gain experience in one of the most competitive cities in the world. Escaping to the slopes to try life in a ski resort in Canada or teaching English in Europe are just the tip of the iceberg.

With gap year destinations in Asia, North America, Africa, Central America, South America and Europe, Student Flights can help you get along your way – whether you need a simple hook-up or the Rolls Royce in relocation services. Not sure where to head? Our top 5 gap year destinations are the UK, Canada, Thailand, New Zealand and France. In fact, teaching English in France is becoming a big trend, with a 26 percent increase in trips to France in the past year (perhaps the all the cheese and wine helps).

Want to make a real difference? Do community work in Costa Rica or coach a soccer team in Brazil. There’s a gap year experience to suit every budget – all you have to do is get started on your escape plan. We can help you with flights, but we can’t break the news to your boss, sorry!

Teach English and be immersed in a different culture

Teach English overseas and you'll also be learning as you go - a gap year helping children and adults learn your native language is a rewarding experience that will enrich your life and theirs. Whether you would like to travel to Africa, Asia, South or Central America or even Europe, there are plenty of places where you can teach others and see the sights on a gap year.

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Skills just for thrills

Not all learning leads to a degree, some courses are just for fun. And it's a fact that the best way to learn a foreign language is in a country where it's the predominant tongue. But don't limit yourself to languages, how about learning to cook Italian delicacies in Italy, tango tuition in Argentina, or perfecting your yoga poses in India? Bring back a souvenir you'll use for life!

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Learning Experiences

Earn money and travel at the same time

Live like a local, earn the local currency and gain life experiences that you just can't buy on a working holiday overseas. Getting a job on your gap year abroad not only allows you to earn more money for travel, you'll be filling your CV with bragworthy skills whether you further your career with an internship or try your hand at something new.

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Working Packages

Change your world and someone else’s

If you want more from your gap year, volunteering is the ideal way to really experience an overseas destination and gain a deeper understanding of a culture and community than just as a tourist passing through. Volunteering for all or part of a gap year abroad is a two-way street; you'll get just as much out of your trip as the people you are helping. 

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Volunteering Experiences

Set off on a great adventure

Follow a map, or just head where your whim takes you - an around-the-world trip is the smart way to travel during your gap year. Make the most of your time away by circumnavigating the globe on a multi-stop airfare where you can choose from three stops up to 16 stops on your global getaway and save on multiple flights too! 

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Gap year stories

Travel Confessions: Eleni Laskaris Gap Year as a Summer Camp Counselor in Maine

Read all about the high with very little lows of being a Summer Camp counselor in the USA. While Eleni doesn’t specifically mention eating s’mores and ‘kumbaya’ sing-alongs by the campfire, we’re going to assume they’re a given! What attracted you to the USA for a Gap Year as opposed to the more traditional UK options? I always wanted to be a camp counselor, I … Continue reading

Travel Confessions: Taylor Drew on Volunteering in Peru

A lot of people probably wouldn’t think of Peru as the place to go after completing a university degree. Instead of heading out on a hedonistic holiday to South East Asia, Taylor Drew decided to take a self-sacrificing volunteer adventure to Peru, and she came back all the richer and all the wiser. What inspired to volunteer overseas and why Peru? I was inspired to … Continue reading

Travel Confessions: Volunteer Kelsey Forrest in Cambodia

Kelsey Forrest is a volunteer veteran. She’s been to Cambodia, South Africa and Zambia on different volunteer programs and she enjoyed it so much, she went back to Cambodia and has plans to visit Africa again too. A big fan of the Phnom Penh Childcare program, Student Flights customer Kelsey volunteers with i-to-i Volunteering, which she found great both within the program and to meet other volunteers. Kelsey … Continue reading

Travel Confessions: Samantha Ristic on UK summer camp jobs

Uni student Samantha Ristic and her bestie, Laura, headed to the UK in search of self-discovery, fun and adventure. Translated? They landed UK summer camp jobs, overcame their fear of heights and travelled all over Europe with Topdeck. Samantha fills us in on their gap year extravaganza.     How did you find out about the PGL Summer Camps program in the UK? Laura and … Continue reading

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