In 2016 over 20% of UK students took a pre-uni gap year. Thanks to ABTA data, MSE explores some of the most popular destinations for gap year travellers.
You could easily spend a year here, enjoying hot weather and stunning landscapes. Budgeting and having the correct visa are key things to remember.
With exquisite beaches and lagoons Fiji is a great place to relax, while the more adventurous can explore or hike the numerous mountains and volcanoes.
Usually part of a tour of Asia, Vietnam is a hidden gem. Museums showcase the country’s complex history, and you can immerse yourself in local culture by taking a fishing trip.
The Great Wall is a must, but there are also many volunteering options, including teaching English in schools, that allow students the chance to gain valuable experience as they explore.
New Zealand has everything from ancient tribes to the Lord of the Rings filming locations. Perfect for the thrill-seekers, it offers activities such as hiking, white-water rafting, bungee jumping and more.
A top location for backpackers, here you can take the infamous Inca trail guided by locals or trek in the Amazon Rainforest. From Machu Picchu to the Andes, Peru offers breathtaking experiences.
India has a diverse culture, offering famous landmarks and experiences. Many help with local projects in hospitals or communities, although this can be costly.
South Africa is best known for its amazing wildlife. There are opportunities to visit animal reserves or even become involved in conservation projects, including feeding and looking after lion cubs.
Often called the most popular gap year destination, Thailand has tropical beaches, volunteering projects and more. The nightlife is also a draw, with world famous 'Full Moon Parties' on the beach.
Often used as a stop-over, America can offer a taste of luxury before the journey begins. With a diverse mix of people and places, a road trip around the USA is an adventure in itself.