Thinking about deferring a semester or taking a year off after graduation?

Gap year travel is a great way to learn, grow and discover something new about yourself and the places you visit, so why not spend a season abroad with us? We’re not your traditional gap year program. We provide immersive experiences and access to a community of global travellers that’ll help you pave your own gap year path and ensure you get exactly what you want while you travel the world. Take one trip, or stich a few together, either way we guarantee you’ll come home more confident, educated and ready to conquer the world.

Why gap year 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 a night in our Eco Camp in the Noosa Everglades in Australia, all our trips are brimming with real, local and unique experiences that’ll be sure to accomplish the ultimate gap year.

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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