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You’ve been dreaming about travelling again, haven’t you? But is your student budget making you feel you don’t have the coins for that dream trip? Well with Contiki, that’s not the case. Summer break on a student budget? We got that. Unforgettable gap year on the other side of the planet? We do that. Transport, accommodation and unforgettable experiences are all sorted by travel experts (that’s us!).

The best bit? You can book now and pay later, interest free. With our no-risk £60* deposit, fully flexible bookings and payment plans to suit your needs. Contiki makes student travel a no-brainer.

Plus we have also slapped on an extra 5% off for students across our worldwide trips (Psst, use code: PPSTUDENTS5D).

Benefits of gap year & student travel

There are countless benefits with gap year and student travel before, after or during university, including:

Increase your confidence and independence

Improve your mental well-being

Become more open-minded and adaptable

Meet new friends worldwide and build your network

Plan your gap year & student travel with Contiki

We know what makes the ordinary extraordinary, and we know what turns a fun trip into something life-changing. Whether it’s exploring the abundant Tanzanian wildlife East Africa has to offer or spending time with playful rescue elephants in Thailand, all our trips are brimming with real, local and unique experiences that’ll be sure to accomplish the ultimate trip.

Here’s a few of our benefits:

• Real experiences
• Unique accommodation
• The best team
• Eat local
• Awesome people

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What is a gap year?

Gap years can be a great way of enhancing your CV, learn new skills and travel. Typically it’s a year long break before or after university or college, traditionally spent abroad. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of being able to travel freely before the next chapter of either education or a career begins.

Where can you go on a gap year?

As the world is opening up to travel again, more and more exciting destinations will be available for you to travel on your gap year. Some people decide that they would like to work whilst they are abroad in order to pay for their travels. There are a lot of places that offer working holiday visa programs for under 30’s, such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Japan. Others may tend to work before they travel and some may want to do a round the world gap year trip taking in as many countries and cultures as possible within their budget.

How do I plan a gap year travel?

The best way to plan a gap year is to consider the places you want to travel to and decide whether you’re going to raise the money in advance or work whilst abroad. It’s always useful to talk to a specialist who can help connect the dots between countries and flight routes. We have dedicated reservation experts who are able to book your tours whilst you are travelling.

Should I take a gap year to travel?

You should absolutely take a gap year to travel. Taking a year off to explore the world is a great way to learn new things, grow as an individual and make new friends. In fact, it will even make you more attractive to potential employers, as they will see you as more adaptable, confident and a person that's innovative and independent.

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*Terms & conditions

*Promo code PPSTUDENTS5D
Students save 5%. Simply enter the 'PPSTUDENTS5D' student promo code at checkout stage to redeem your discount. Discount applies to the land portion of your trip price only (excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities). Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip. Combinable with any/all Ongoing Deals. Not combinable with any other promo codes, promotions, other Special Deals or Last Minute Deals. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any point without notice.

*Europe trips
Save up to 25% on selected Europe Summer departures until April 2023. Applies to new bookings only. Offer as follows: Save up to 20% on selected Europe Summer Discoverer, Iconic Essentials and Indepth Explorer trips; Save up to 10% on selected Europe Summer Sailing trips and Short trips.
Deposit of £60 per person is due within 3 days of booking. Final payment is due 45 days prior to departure. Offer is subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip). Combinable with loyalty discounts ('Travelling Again'). Not combinable with any other discounts. Discounts are subject to availability & may be withdrawn at any point without notice.

*USA & Canada trips
Save up to 15% on select USA & Canada departures until Nov 2022.
Deposit of £60 per person is due within 3 days of booking. Final payment is due 45 days prior to departure. Offer is subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip). Combinable with loyalty discounts ('Travelling Again'). Not combinable with any other discounts. Discounts are subject to availability & may be withdrawn at any point without notice.

*Asia trips
15% off select Asia departures until March 2023.
Offers are subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip). Combinable with loyalty discounts ('Travelling Again'). Not combinable with any other discounts. Discounts are subject to availability & may be withdrawn at any point without notice.

*Australia trips
15% off select departures until March 2022.
Offers are subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip). Combinable with loyalty discounts ('Travelling Again'). Not combinable with any other discounts. Discounts are subject to availability & may be withdrawn at any point without notice.

*Latin America trips
Up to 15% off select Latin America departures until Feb 2023.
Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip). Combinable with loyalty discounts ('Travelling Again'). Not combinable with any other discounts. Discounts are subject to availability & may be withdrawn at any point without notice.

*Africa trips
Save up to 10% on select Africa departures until March 2023.
Deposit of £60 per person is due within 3 days of booking. Final payment is due 45 days prior to departure. Offer is subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip). Combinable with loyalty discounts ('Travelling Again'). Not combinable with any other discounts. Discounts are subject to availability & may be withdrawn at any point without notice.

^Flexibility promise terms & conditions

DEPOSIT
Only £60 deposit per person is required to confirm your trip booking. Deposit is due within 3 days of booking. Full payment is required 45 days before travel. Once the deposit is paid, you can change your selected trip or the departure dates up until 45 days before the selected departure, with no change fees. Any difference in trip prices will still be applicable.
£60 per person deposit is land only deposit and excludes any additional deposits such as Inca Trail or flights if applicable.
AMENDMENTS & CANCELLATION
You can cancel or amend your trip up to 45 days prior to trip departure. Any differences in trip costs between your original and new booking will still be applicable.
You can cancel your trip up to 45 days before departure and get your money back, excluding the deposit amount. Your flexible deposit will remain attached your profile and can be used to book a new trip whenever you're ready with us or one of our TTC sister brands, or it can even be gifted to a friend as per the conditions of our FlexDeposit policy.
FLEXDEPOSIT POLICY
FlexDeposit is a policy you automatically get once you’ve paid a deposit on any Contiki trip 7 days or longer. It means if you need to cancel for any reason, your deposit will remain secure until you’re ready to use it on new trip dates or on a different trip, ensuring your deposit isn't lost if you can't travel on your original trip as intended. FlexDeposit can be used up until your 36th birthday, after which time it can then be transferred for use with any other travel brand within The Travel Corporation family of brands. It can also be gifted to a friend within 5 years of the original booking date. To gift to family or friend the customer must email confirmation to Contiki stating the nominated name. Gifting only valid within 5 calendar years of the original booking.
FlexDeposit applies to the land tour deposit only and excludes any additional deposits such as Inca Trail or flights if applicable. FlexDeposit has no cash value and is non-refundable.
The amount allowed to be redeemed on a new or amended trip booking is equal to the original deposit amount paid. In the case of multiple deposits due to back to back trips, only one deposit amount can be credited per trip, they cannot be combined. However multiple trips can be booked using multiple FlexDeposits. FlexDeposit is valid on all Contiki trips 7 days or longer.
FLEXIBLE PAYMENT, PAY OVER TIME & FINANCING
Once a deposit is paid, full payment is not required until 45 days before travel. You can pay off your full trip cost in as many payment instalments as you like with no interest or additional fees as long as your trip balance is paid in full 45 days before departure. In some regions, we have financing options to help you pay for your trip via partner providers, such as Uplift in the USA and Canada and Zip in Australia. The credit offered is determined by the Third party partner providers.

*Money Back Guarantee Terms and Conditions

Contiki guarantees to refund 100% of your money back including the deposit if your trip cannot operate due to government travel restrictions or if you cannot reach the start location due to the international flights not operating, you will be entitled to a full refund including deposit. (Refund will be made within 60 days of notification of trip suspension). Traveller is also able to request a Future Travel Credit (FTC) with full discount protection if preferred. Applies to new bookings made in the UK only.

Government Travel Restrictions include the following:

The government in the travellers’ country of residence restricts all but essential travel

The destination the traveller is travelling to is under official government sanctioned lock-down that prohibits traveller from travelling.

The destination has no formal lock-down but has closed their border either to international travellers or to travellers from the traveller’s country of residence.

International flights are cancelled with no alternative routing available for traveller to use to reach the destinations in the itinerary.

The traveller has contracted COVID-19 and under treatment or is in quarantine or under medical treatment up to the 48 hours prior of travel.

Contiki reserves the right to ask for any reasonable evidence, written statements and or documents to support the reasons for cancellation that are given.

For any other reason for cancellation not listed above, Contiki standard cancellation fees apply

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