You don't need a whole year to pack in all the best gap-year adventures. Photo: Getty Images.


Why you don't need to take a gap year to see the world

Published December 6th, 2016

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a young Aussie in possession of a passport and some dollars, must be in want of far off lands. Taking a gap year to travel the world is a rite of passage for many with the travel bug being widespread among our people.

Whether it’s teaching English in Asia, backpacking through Europe or working on the slopes of Canada there’s so many options for taking a gap year. However when you want to get your career kick started or roll with the momentum you’ve gained in climbing the ladder already, many of you know that taking a gap year can be tricky to navigate.

Fortunately it isn’t your only option for doing longer stints overseas. First of all, take a look at what long weekends are coming up in 2017 and plan to take your holidays around them to save those precious annual leave days. The time between Christmas and New Years and then around Easter are the best time to take advantage of this.

The second important consideration is where you go. Close to home adventures leave you better off because then you don’t have to worry about long flight times or pesky jet lag that eat up your holiday time.

Here are some close-to-home ideas to help close the gap between you and your next not-a-gap-year adventure. Good thing we’ve got an End Of Year Travel sale happening for you right now too…. ;)

Island hopping through the South Pacific

Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, Rarotonga, Bora Bora, Hawaii take your pick! There are so many incredible islands to choose from in the South Pacific and bonus points is that it won’t take you long to get there meaning more time spent swimming in crystal clear water and less time on the airplane!

There are heaps of South Pacific deals happening right now meaning you can stay in Fiji for almost a week for less than $300*. Cheap as chips mate.


Peace out weekend, we'll miss you #haleiwabowls

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See the red centre in your own backyard

For some serious soul-searching travel to the red centre of Australia. Watching a sunrise come over Uluru and then following in the footsteps of the traditional owners of this sacred World Heritage site is something every Aussie should do.

Take the time to road trip there and then jump on a Rock’N’Canyon four-day tour of Alice Springs with Topdeck who will take you to all the secret watering holes and make sure you have the full Uluru experience of a lifetime.


Sunsets over this spiritual place- Uluru I couldn't resist the wine glass trick @topdecktravel #topdecker

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Backpacking through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand

If you’re a full-time student or under 26 then there’s no reason you shouldn’t book a trip to Asia with our Black Market flights starting from just $499* return, which is a seriously insane price!

You can pick from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and more. Each one of those destinations are only around eight hours flying which in comparison have nothing on a 24-hour-plus flight time to New York so you get more time sipping Singapore Slings poolside.

Surfing the coast of Indonesia

Being just a four-to-seven-hour flight to Denpasar airport, Bali is the perfect place to hop around and explore with its perfect beaches for surfing, lush islands to snorkel off and temples atop of volcanoes to hike to.

Like a reset button Bali is the perfect close-to-home escape that feels another world away.


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Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.