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Boston

19.05.2017

22.05.2017

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Fort Lauderdale

06.04.2017

18.04.2017

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Orlando

17.05.2017

23.05.2017

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Chicago

03.05.2017

15.05.2017

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Miami

07.04.2017

16.04.2017

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Dallas

07.06.2017

13.06.2017

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Buffalo

27.04.2017

30.04.2017

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Charlotte

27.05.2017

03.06.2017

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Toronto

03.05.2017

07.05.2017

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Atlanta

06.05.2017

09.05.2017

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Indianapolis

28.05.2017

05.08.2017

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Jacksonville

03.05.2017

09.05.2017

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Minneapolis

04.04.2017

03.05.2017

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Raleigh

26.05.2017

29.05.2017

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Montreal

21.12.2017

02.01.2018

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Tampa

26.05.2017

04.06.2017

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Charleston

01.05.2017

03.05.2017

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Houston

04.05.2017

07.05.2017

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Kingston

04.08.2017

24.08.2017

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Denver

01.06.2017

10.06.2017

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West Palm Beach

13.04.2017

16.04.2017

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Knoxville

01.09.2017

16.10.2017

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Dayton

21.04.2017

23.04.2017

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Ottawa

09.04.2017

11.04.2017

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Phoenix

02.05.2017

05.05.2017

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Covington

12.05.2017

14.05.2017

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San Jose

06.05.2017

13.05.2017

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San Juan

09.06.2017

13.06.2017

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San Francisco

27.04.2017

04.05.2017

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Austin

28.04.2017

01.05.2017

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Aguadilla

14.05.2017

17.05.2017

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Cleveland

22.04.2017

23.04.2017

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Los Angeles

09.05.2017

16.05.2017

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Salt Lake City

04.05.2017

08.05.2017

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Ponce

17.05.2017

30.05.2017

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New Orleans

26.05.2017

29.05.2017

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Las Vegas

18.05.2017

21.05.2017

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Savannah

12.04.2017

12.04.2017

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Seattle

03.06.2017

11.06.2017

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San Antonio

11.05.2017

20.05.2017

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Port Of Spain

05.05.2017

11.05.2017

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San Jose

10.05.2017

21.05.2017

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San Diego

19.04.2017

26.04.2017

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Mexico City

03.06.2017

18.06.2017

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Akron/Canton

11.06.2017

17.06.2017

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Memphis

13.06.2017

20.06.2017

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Paris

30.10.2017

16.11.2017

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Fayetteville

19.07.2017

25.07.2017

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Riga

06.06.2017

13.06.2017

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London

18.10.2017

23.10.2017

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Santo Domingo

05.05.2017

11.05.2017

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Moscow

20.01.2018

21.01.2018

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Saint Petersburg

31.03.2017

12.04.2017

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Santiago

16.05.2017

30.05.2017

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Vilnius

28.02.2018

14.03.2018

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Long Beach

13.04.2017

17.04.2017

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Santa Ana

19.05.2017

27.05.2017

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Stockholm

10.05.2017

17.05.2017

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Amsterdam

25.05.2017

08.06.2017

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Port Au Prince

04.04.2017

23.05.2017

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Barcelona

04.05.2017

11.05.2017

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Charlotte Amalie

28.04.2017

03.05.2017

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Burbank

07.04.2017

17.04.2017

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Oslo

26.05.2017

17.09.2017

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Dublin

25.10.2017

30.10.2017

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Warsaw

20.06.2017

24.06.2017

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Milan

20.05.2017

24.05.2017

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Prague

06.03.2018

12.03.2018

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Guatemala City

19.09.2017

24.10.2017

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Palanga

09.10.2017

20.10.2017

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Budapest

01.05.2017

07.05.2017

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Montego Bay

01.05.2017

30.09.2017

Tickets from 438

Munich

15.05.2017

25.05.2017

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Manchester

30.08.2017

03.09.2017

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Copenhagen

11.08.2017

18.08.2017

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Athens

20.04.2017

24.04.2017

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Istanbul

29.03.2017

30.04.2017

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Venice

12.11.2017

25.11.2017

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Kazan

06.04.2017

20.04.2017

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Guayaquil

03.05.2017

14.05.2017

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Malaga

28.04.2017

05.05.2017

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Naples

28.09.2017

04.10.2017

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Larnaca

28.07.2017

15.08.2017

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Brussels

25.04.2017

02.05.2017

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Belgrade

01.05.2017

05.05.2017

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Sochi

23.11.2017

03.12.2017

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Krasnodar

05.09.2017

22.09.2017

Tickets from 460

Samara

11.09.2017

27.09.2017

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Voronezh

11.04.2017

25.04.2017

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Hamburg

22.10.2017

28.10.2017

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Frankfurt

22.06.2017

28.06.2017

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San Pedro Sula

03.06.2017

17.06.2017

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Asuncion

11.05.2017

19.05.2017

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Chelyabinsk

07.09.2017

22.09.2017

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Perm

18.09.2017

25.09.2017

Tickets from 471

Ekaterinburg

06.09.2017

19.09.2017

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Ufa

07.09.2017

08.11.2017

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Medellin

30.09.2017

07.10.2017

Tickets from 476

Lisbon

07.01.2018

21.01.2018

Tickets from 477

Berlin

18.10.2017

28.10.2017

Tickets from 479

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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