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Trending Destinations for a Gap Year in 2019

Written by Jenny McWhirter on 28 / 09 / 2018

Gap Year Advice

Whats in, what's out...who's going where...not that you should base your decision on the what everyone else is doing BUT with every year comes new trends and new hot spots across the world

So, ever helpful, we want to draw your attention to these 3 top trending destinations which you should seriously consider...


Up and coming... this Mayan haven in Central America is our top pick for 2019 and here's why..

This 'happening' destination of the America's boasts both Caribbean and Pacific Oceans, a string of majestic volcanoes, highlands, rainforests, sandy beaches, crater lakes... the list goes on.

You'll avoid the major tourist crowds that South America tends to pull and instead be in for a real treat as you find empty Mayan ruins at Tikal, vibrant, bustling cities and chilled beach vibes. Who's in?

This country is really easy to get to and easy to tie in with El Salvador, Belize, Mexico and Honduras.

If you fancy really seeing all the best of Guatemala combined with volunteering with sea turtles and brushing up on your Spanish then check this out... The trip consists of exploring the city of Antigua, the beaches of Monterrico and the national parks of neighbouring El Salvador.

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Having shaken off its "bad-boy" reputation of old, Colombia is now looking after it's visitors, going above and beyond, to give you a safe, thrillingly un-commercialised country, boasting a menu of adventure to keep you on your toes. From the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada to pristine Caribbean beaches, and lush jungle... utter heaven.

Visually Colombia is simply awesome - think European architecture combined with the exploration of Costa Rica and the beaches of Barbados. Sound good? We promise this place will deliver.

Now is the time to visit this rediscovered gem before the masses pile in.

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Sri Lanka

A smaller, less hectic country than it's Indian neighbour. The culture, delicious food, architecture and favourable exchange rate makes this country easy to navigate and cheap to enjoy.

Although small, it's extremely diverse, from the beaches of Panadura and Galle to the tea plantation country of Ella and the majesty of Sigirya rock there's so much to see and do. And hey if while you're there you fancy really getting to understand local culture and give back to local communities, why not help out on our care or teaching projects that run throughout the year.

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Go Forth and Conquer

Remember the world is your oyster - but make sure you push your boundaries and do, see, amazing places. Create a varied and contrasting gap year itinerary which will get you off the well trodden hostel hopping circuit.

Have a great time.

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