5 Gap Year Travel Destinations to Hit This Year | EGO

We know you’ll deserve a mega break after exam season is done and gap year travel is the answer. Whether you’re going for a few weeks chill on the beach or going for a full gap year to explore the world, you def deserve it.

It was pretty hard to narrow all of our gap year ideas down, so here’s our top 5 gap year travel destinations that you need to explore.

An image of a boat on a beach in Thailand, a country very popular with gap year travel

1. Full moon parties in Thailand

First up, it’s Thailand! The pinnacle destination for travelling. It’s on our list because of it’s white sandy beaches, wild parties and dreamy islands. You can start your Asia adventure in the capital, Bangkok. It has everything from stunning ancient temples, authentic (and delish) street food and a buzzing nightlife. To make a memory of a lifetime, you need to stop off at Chiang Mai for the elephant sanctuaries for the cute vibes and visit the southern islands, especially for the world-famous Full Moon Party!

An image of a girl stood on a paddleboard in Australia, a country famous for travelling and gap years

Sun and sandals in Aus!

Australia is a biggie. Start in Sydney. It’s got the best shopping scene, gorg beaches and every day is an excuse to wear your sunnies and sandals. Check out Byron Bay for its boho style and laid back vibes, which is just what you want when university is over, right? The instagrammable beaches and vintage shops are gonna make all your followers jealous. An Aussie gap year isn’t complete without a visit to the Gold Coast aka. Surfers Paradise!

An image of an open road in America which is popular for gap year travellers

3. Road trip through America

Dreaming of the ultimate gap year? America’s got everything. Go on the ride of your life. The most legendary road trip is Route 66, starting in California and ending in Chicago. Get off the beaten track and head to the Grand Canyon or one of the many National Parks that America has to offer for a stunning view. And don't forget to take Miami Kardashian style and strutting it down Hollywood Boulevard in espadrilles. America is an absolute must for all types of gap year travel adventures!

An image of a canal in Europe, a destination many love to travel on their gap years

4. It's a party in Europe!

If you’re on a budget, then not to worry, we still got you. It’s not technically a country, (we cheated, sorry girls) but Europe has a lot of adventures to offer. With it literally on our doorstep, it would be rude not to. Grab yourself an interrail pass and get familiar with that famous European lifestyle. Go carb crazy in Italy. Party all night in Berlin. Or simply slip your sliders on and hit the beach in Barcelona. Expect to bump into plenty of gap year travellers from America and Australians, as they’re big fans of Europe!

An image of Machu Picchu in Peru, where many backpackers and travellers visit on their gap year travels

5. Mega adventures in Peru!

Put those Spanish lessons to the ultimate test and visit Peru. With sweeping beaches, luscious jungles and ancient ruins, Peru is mega popular with millions of backpackers for a reason. Make sure you take the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or even climb the snow-capped Andes Mountains for the most incredible views. You only live once!

We know you gals love a bit of gap year travel inspiration. Check out our Wanderlust Pinterest board and start preppin’ for your own backpacking adventure now!