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Chicago

28.08.2017

30.08.2017

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Myrtle Beach

11.07.2017

18.07.2017

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Covington

22.08.2017

31.08.2017

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Washington

01.09.2017

03.09.2017

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Indianapolis

24.08.2017

28.08.2017

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Miami

09.09.2017

22.09.2017

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Charlotte

09.08.2017

09.10.2017

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Fort Lauderdale

12.10.2017

16.10.2017

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Houston

19.09.2017

28.09.2017

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Boston

28.07.2017

30.07.2017

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Orlando

17.08.2017

21.08.2017

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Dallas

30.09.2017

03.10.2017

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Atlanta

17.09.2017

19.09.2017

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Toronto

07.09.2017

11.09.2017

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Montreal

06.07.2017

10.07.2017

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Denver

08.09.2017

12.09.2017

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Raleigh

08.08.2017

15.08.2017

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West Palm Beach

03.08.2017

07.08.2017

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Tampa

06.09.2017

12.09.2017

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Buffalo

11.08.2017

13.08.2017

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Detroit

01.09.2017

05.09.2017

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Greenville

19.07.2017

23.07.2017

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Charleston

31.08.2017

04.09.2017

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Fort Myers

28.07.2017

01.08.2017

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Savannah

03.07.2017

06.07.2017

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Merida

03.11.2017

10.11.2017

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Phoenix

01.12.2017

06.12.2017

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Charlottetown

02.09.2017

06.09.2017

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Nashville

20.12.2017

27.12.2017

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Las Vegas

17.08.2017

22.08.2017

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Augusta

22.11.2017

25.11.2017

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Mexico City

27.10.2017

05.11.2017

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Austin

25.08.2017

28.08.2017

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San Juan

01.11.2017

08.11.2017

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Columbus

14.07.2017

17.07.2017

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Kansas City

21.08.2017

04.09.2017

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Albuquerque

03.07.2017

07.07.2017

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Fayetteville

10.07.2017

17.07.2017

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Cleveland

08.07.2017

11.07.2017

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Los Angeles

18.09.2017

22.09.2017

Tickets from 283

Pittsburgh

12.09.2017

15.09.2017

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Jacksonville

20.07.2017

23.07.2017

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Vancouver

22.08.2017

05.09.2017

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San Francisco

21.09.2017

25.09.2017

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New Orleans

11.08.2017

14.08.2017

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San Antonio

12.10.2017

21.10.2017

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St. George

15.10.2017

30.10.2017

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Dusseldorf

05.03.2018

14.03.2018

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Aguadilla

03.08.2017

13.08.2017

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Bridgetown

20.09.2017

30.09.2017

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Seattle

25.10.2017

06.11.2017

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Moscow

16.09.2017

17.09.2017

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Guatemala City

27.07.2017

26.08.2017

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Chattanooga

01.07.2017

08.07.2017

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Portland

01.07.2017

03.07.2017

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San Jose

16.09.2017

19.09.2017

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St Louis

14.07.2017

17.07.2017

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Curacao

26.12.2017

01.01.2018

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Dublin

18.10.2017

25.10.2017

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Memphis

04.10.2017

09.10.2017

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Sacramento

08.08.2017

16.08.2017

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Salt Lake City

08.07.2017

13.07.2017

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Minneapolis

05.04.2018

10.04.2018

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San Diego

06.07.2017

12.07.2017

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Paris

23.11.2017

26.11.2017

Tickets from 339

Bogota

20.09.2017

30.09.2017

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Saint Petersburg

19.09.2017

26.09.2017

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Oakland

30.08.2017

06.09.2017

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Kingston

20.12.2017

03.01.2018

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Long Beach

21.09.2017

24.09.2017

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London

11.09.2017

25.09.2017

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Stuttgart

10.11.2017

18.11.2017

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Tyler

01.09.2017

06.09.2017

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San Jose

26.08.2017

28.08.2017

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Wichita

18.07.2017

05.08.2017

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Milan

13.02.2018

27.02.2018

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Vienna

15.02.2018

19.02.2018

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Santo Domingo

01.12.2017

31.01.2018

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Port Of Spain

07.07.2017

11.07.2017

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Brussels

19.01.2018

27.01.2018

Tickets from 371

Allentown

06.07.2017

15.07.2017

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Warsaw

20.01.2018

11.02.2018

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Panama City

19.08.2017

31.08.2017

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Santiago

03.11.2017

17.01.2018

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Stockholm

28.09.2017

02.10.2017

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Berlin

06.11.2017

20.11.2017

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Venice

14.05.2018

21.05.2018

Tickets from 386

Vilnius

06.09.2017

27.09.2017

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Riga

28.01.2018

07.02.2018

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Tallinn

16.10.2017

02.11.2017

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Oslo

28.08.2017

04.09.2017

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Puerto Plata

27.07.2017

02.09.2017

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Santa Ana

27.07.2017

02.08.2017

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Medellin

18.08.2017

27.08.2017

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Lisbon

22.11.2017

30.11.2017

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Budapest

23.11.2017

03.12.2017

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Lubbock

01.10.2017

05.10.2017

Tickets from 403

Ponce

19.07.2017

27.07.2017

Tickets from 409

Edinburgh

13.10.2017

16.10.2017

Tickets from 410

Philipsburg

12.07.2017

26.07.2017

Tickets from 417

With recent news that employers expect over 70 graduates to apply for every new job vacancy, heading away for a gap year may be an increasingly attractive option for this year’s new graduates and those simply looking to take a career break. When you’re choosing your gap year destination, there’s lots to think about. You have to think about whether you want to go somewhere that feels reasonably familiar, perhaps where they speak the same language, or whether you want to go somewhere that feels very foreign so you can experience an entirely different culture.

If money is tight, you need to think about where your budget will stretch furthest, or where you might be able to get paid work to help pay for it all. Safety is also an issue, even if you’re travelling in a group. Do some research before you go and find out how to travel safely. Some countries have more risks than others, but simple precautions can mean you remember your experience for all the right reasons, not the wrong ones.

Here are some of our top gap year picks – a mix of some of the most popular favourites as well as some more unusual and exotic locations off the beaten track – don’t let the bugs bite!

Depending on what you’re looking for, there is something for everyone out there!

Thailand Thailand’s stunning beaches are massively popular with young people, who jump on flights to Bangkok in huge numbers to take advantage of its great value food, accommodation, clear blue seas and party atmosphere. Thailand offers some spectacular and varied gap year options, from earning your scuba diving badges to working with wild animals such as monkeys and elephants. Many rural provinces are also looking for teaching volunteers to work across all age groups.

Australia When you arrive in Australia you’ll probably have flown into Sydney or Melbourne, where you’ll have a decent chance of finding at least a part-time job. However, the vast expanses of rural Australia can be a peaceful alternative to the cities, with deserts, coral reef and water sports among the activities you can indulge in. If learning to surf isn’t your thing, you could head to the Outback for some ranch training or work in a Koala sanctuary. With a great range of deals on flights to Australia, why not escape down under for a while?

Hong Kong The city where East meets West in super-cool style, Hong Kong has a unique flavour and plenty of internship and work experience opportunities available across industries such as finance and tourism. Flights to Hong Kong are not only the gateway to this exciting city but also the islands beyond, such as the beautiful Lantau where you can take part in a range of water sports. Another island off the coast of Hong Kong, Macau, is the gambling capital of Asia and also home to some lovely Portugese-influenced cobbled streets, the site of the first European enclave in Asia.

China Steeped in a unique and ancient history, modern China is now a powerhouse of 21st century industry and still a cheap destination outside of the main cities. There are many interesting teaching opportunities available across both urban and rural China, and if you fancy learning Mandarin you could plan a long stay here combining your studies with teaching English. Venturing across the Great Wall of China is another great way to explore the country, or spend some time at a Buddhist retreat for a more spiritual experience.

Venezuela For an exciting and alternative gap-year experience, why not head to South America and learn Spanish? You’ll be the envy of your friends after this adventurous trip, and it won’t cost the earth either. Venezuela is located in the North-east corner of the continent, benefitting from the Carribean Sea to the North and the dense jungle further South. Spend a few months by the beach learning Spanish and kayaking before taking a trip into the Orinoco Delta, an area of rainforest home to some spectacular wildlife – including one of the world’s most powerful birds of prey, the monkey-eating eagle. Venezuela is also home to the world’s highest waterfall, Angel Falls, which stands almost 1km high. The incredible boat journey through the rainforest justifies the trip to Angel Falls in itself.

A true travel author, Jon loves nothing more than taking exciting journeys across the globe waiting for the next piece..

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