Before you go

Getting organised well before you go will save you no end of bother once it's time to head out on your gap-year.

You can find comprehensive information in the gap-year guidebook. Here's a basic checklist to get you started:

Visit your doctor

  • Tell them your proposed travel route and any types of activities you will be doing.
  • To have the necessary vaccinations ahead of your trip.
  • Seek advice on symptoms you should look out for.
  • If you take regular medication it is advisable to obtain enough to last the duration of your trip, as you may not be able to get hold of it in another country.

Get to know where you are going

  • Checking weather conditions will enable you to pack accordingly.
  • Check when special events are on in your destination as this may affect your travel plans.
  • Before visiting any country that has recently been politically volatile or could turn into a war zone, check with the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) for the current situation.
  • Familiarise yourself with the local laws and customs of your destination.

Leave someone in charge at home

  • Make sure you have someone reliable and trustworthy at home to sort things out for you, such as opening your post.
  • Contact your bank and give permissions to someone at home whilst you are away, this is handy if you encounter issues with credit card bills or withdrawing cash.
  • If you have a property you're planning to sub-let, either use an accommodation agency or make sure someone you trust keeps an eye on things.

Acacia Adventure Holidays


+44 (0) 20 7706 4700

Welcome to Africa! a continent of diverse cultures, big game and thrilling activities. Of natural wonders, vast wilderness areas and big open skies. And everywhere you go, warm welcoming smiles. From the plains… read more.

Adventure Tours Australia


+61 (0)3 8102 7800

Adventure Tours is the leading small group tour operator in Australia. We're a bunch of Aussies that have been leading travellers through this big ol’ continent for the past… read more.

Big Cat Travel Insurance


0333 003 3161

Big Cat specialises in affordable worldwide travel insurance for Backpackers, Adventure Travellers and anyone on a Gap-Year. Our policies are specially designed to offer cover up to two years… read more.

DU Insure


+44 (0) 800 393 908

DownUnder Insurance – The Best Cheap Backpacking Insurance Providers The most important tip we can offer travellers is to take out insurance with us to ensure they are covered in… read more.

Pure Exploration New Zealand

New Zealand

+64 3 442 0735

Adventure Guide Internships in New Zealand Pure Exploration offer exciting 12 week outdoor adventure guiding internships in Queenstown. Featuring climbing, hiking, kayaking & much more, interns will graduate with world-recognised… read more.

True Traveller Insurance


0333 999 3140

Travel insurance may not be the most exciting part of planning your gap year, but it doesn't have to be a pain to organise. True Traveller Insurance is straightforward,… read more.

0044 Ltd


+44 (0)1926 332153

Their global SIM card could save you money on international calls.

A Squadron Ltd


+44 (0)7762 507 146

A Squadron is a UK company offering military, security and survival training; related corporate and bespoke entertainment events; and historical lectures.

AA Safaris and Tours Ltd


+256 392883831

AA Safaris and Tours Ltd is a safaris company that organizes affordable safaris in Uganda and Rwanda. All our members provide advice from first-hand experience.

ACE European Group Ltd


0800 028 2396

Offers gap year/backpacker/student traveller insurance to anyone aged 14-44 and traveller plus insurance for those aged 45-55 years.



01707 386700

Adagio offers holidays with character. Whether your interest is in culture, cuisine, history or sightseeing, Adagio will help you have a calm, stress-free holiday where you can move at your own pace.

Advanced Payment Solutions Ltd


0871 277 5599

Produce the Cashplus Card, a pre-paid card which ensures you do not go overdrawn, incure interest or fall prey to credit card fraud.

Adventure Expeditions


+44 (0) 1305 813107

Outdoor First Aid training with ITC Certification - a nationally recognised qualification that fulfils training requirements for insurance purposes and those stipulated by training bodies.

Adventure First Aid


0800 999 2716

Travel first aid and crisis management courses, delivered by experienced professional trainers.

Adventure Tours NZ

New Zealand

+64 9 526 2149

Adventure Tours NZ offer specialised small group nature-based tours for the active traveller on a budget. Go off the beaten track, see unique scenery and wildlife.

Adventure Travellers Club P Ltd


Offers trekking and adventure tours in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and Indian regions. Includes peak climbing, jungle safaris, river rafting and much more.

Adventures Travel Insurance


02392 419 070

Adventures is a tailor-made insurance for almost any activity or occupation including amateur sports, manual work and hazardous pursuits. With a wide range of activities to choose, from Abseiling to Zorbing, Adventures travel insurance can cover you for peace of mind travel.

Aether Mobile Ltd


Get your SIM now and cut your mobile phone calls by up to 90% when abroad and get free incoming texts and calls in all countries.

Afreco Tours Ltd


+44 (0) 845 812 8222

Afreco Tours specialises in African safari ranger training and wildlife adventures - from seven days to one year.

Africa Odyssey


UK: +44 (0)20 8704 1216; USA

We are experts in travel to Africa and the Indian Ocean. We arrange memorable experiences and adventures for our clients whilst supporting eco-tourism and travel.

Africa Travel Centre


+44 (0)20 7843 3500

Africa Travel is a specialist dealing with travel to Africa, a boutique, owner-run company with personal connections.

Africa Travel Co

South Africa

+27 21 3851530

Specialists in trips around Africa ranging from three to 56 days.

African Horizons


+877 256 1074

Provides quality African travel not only to the savvy globetrotters among us but also to those who have never experienced the thrill of an African safari or wildlife tour.



+44 (0)20 3027 7900

Agoda is one of the world's fastest-growing online hotel platforms. It offers thousands of accommodation options around the globe, from budget hostels to luxury hotels and more.



+1 855 424 7262

Whether a flat for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetise their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.

AITO – Association of Independent Tour operators


+44 (0) 208 744 9280

Expert, independent tour operator specialising in offering an unrivalled collection of affordable holidays to every corner of the globe.

Alaska Heritage Tours


+1 907 777 2805

At Alaska Heritage Tours we strive to give you the best of Alaska, the way you want it - with pre-packaged Alaska vacations and itineraries. Explore Alaska's top destinations.

Alpha Travel Insurance


0203 829 6764

Alpha Travel Insurance provides backpacker and gap year travel insurance for up to 24 months, including over 100 sports and activities free of charge.

Alpine Exploratory


+44 (0) 1729 823197

Alpine Exploratory specialises in self-guided walking and trekking tours in Europe. Full programme of guided tours also offered, as well as bespoke holidays.

American Express


0800 028 7573

Provide cover 18-49 year olds wishing to take a gap year, sabbatical, or career break up to 24 months.



+1 800 872 7245

Operating in North America, Amtrak operates with 300+ trains a day across 21,000 miles of track. They also offers over 350 unique rail travel packages to choose from.

An Óige - Irish Youth Hostel Association


+353 01 830 4555

The Irish YHA consists of more than 20 hostels throughout Ireland. They have a range of hostels, from large city centre buildings to small hostels in rural settings. Online booking available.

Andean Trails


+44 (0) 131 467 7086

Andean Trails is an owner run specialist adventure travel company organising small group tours to Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Cuba, Guyana and Patagonia.

Ardern Healthcare Ltd


01584 781777

Ardern Healthcare Ltd specialise in offering travellers a suitable insect repellent, in the form of sprays, wipes and creams, whatever their age or destination.

Artstur Ltd


+44 (0)207 591 0312

Specialist in Italian Art and Culture through lectures, tours to Italy and short courses for students between Sixth Form and University.

ATG Oxford


+44 (0)1865 315678

ATG organises escorted and independent walking trips for trekkers of all abilities. Keep fit whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery and breathtaking views of Europe. Relax in comfortable accommodation, enjoy tasty food and good company.

Aurora Expeditions


+61 2 9252 1033

Aurora Expeditions offer cruise expeditions to all corners of the globe. From the frozen Arctic and Antarctica to the hot savannahs of Africa, explore new landscapes and participate in exciting activities that will make your trip one to remember.

Auto Europe


0800 358 1229

Auto Europe can provide travellers with a vast selection of vehicles for hire in over 8,000 locations around the world.



0844 581 0147

AVIS worldwide can provide travellers with car hire from 4,000 locations in 114 countries.

Backpacker Travel Auctions


Safari Pete can offer you directions to the best deals on tours around Australia and New Zealand.

Back-Roads Touring Company Ltd


+44 (0)208 987 0990

With over 25 years' experience in small group and tailor-made tours across the UK and Europe, Back-Roads Touring is truly the original small group touring company.

Bamboo Travel


+44 (0)20 7720 9285

Discover Asia with Bamboo Travel. Explore the local culture and see the sights with a classic holiday, or enjoy a more action-packed trip with an active and adventure holiday. Special interest trips are available for those with a particular passion, and bespoke trips can be arranged to personalise your experience. Whether you're an individual adventurer seeking new experiences, a couple looking for a romantic honeymoon or a family wanting a trip which everyone can enjoy, Bamboo has you covered.

Base Backpackers


AU: 1800 24 22 73; NZ: 0800

At Base it's all about the traveller! Modern, central and fun backpacker hostels located throughout Australia & New Zealand.

Best Gap Year


01743 277150

Search a huge range of gap year courses, paid working holiday, paid jobs and volunteer placements from around the world. Travel abroad with leading providers of paid and volunteer gap year projects.

Best Served Scandinavia


020 7838 5956

Best Served Scandinavia is an independent, tailor-made tour operator specialising in adventure holidays to Scandinavia, Canada and the Nordic and Baltic regions.



+54 11 4766 8255

We provide tailor-made trips to Argentina, Chile and the Antarctic region. Our Team will design a trip around you and our guides will show you the highlights in a different light.

Bicycling Empowerment Network

South Africa

+27 21 788 4174

BEN, a non-profit organisation, promotes the use and sale of refurbished bicycles. They conduct Bicycle Township Tours empowering local people and winning International Responsible Tourism Awards.

Black Feather - The Wilderness Adventure Company


+1 705 746 1372

Company offering canoeing and kayaking trips and expeditions to remote arctic locations. Offer women only trips and will do a customized trip for groups of four or more.



0844 257 2078

Blacks has 90 UK stores and provides a wide range of outdoor equipment and clothing from leading brands including The North Face, Berghaus and Craghoppers.

Blue Insurance


+353 0818 444449 is a domain name of Blue Insurances, offering competitive prices to anyone less than 45 years of age on back-packer insurance for trips up to 12 months in length .

UK lists the best prices for every type of property, from small, family-run bed and breakfasts to executive apartments and five-star luxury suites. It is available in more than 40 languages, and offers over 1 million active properties in 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Bookme Australia


+61 07 5641 1386

50% Off fun things to do in Australia? Bookme offers easy online booking, amazing last-minute and pre-booking deals, as well as latest traveller reviews & photos.

Bookme Fiji


+64 21 565 577

The largest online resource for fun things to do in Fiji. Offering amazing last-minute, and pre-booking deals as well as latest traveller photos & reviews.

Bookme New Zealand

New Zealand

+64 21 565 577

The largest online resource for fun things to do in NZ. Offering amazing last-minute, and pre-booking deals (50% Off +) as well as latest traveller photos & reviews.

Boots UK Limited


+44 (0) 845 125 3810

The Boots UK Limited website has an area dedicated to gap-year insurance and offers policies to 18-34 year olds for 3-12 months.

Borderlands Travel


+44 (0)1913 082201

Borderlands offer escorted group tours in beautiful destinations in Europe and tailor-made itineraries for individuals and small groups. Take a cultural journey through cities steeped in history, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites and travel through some dramatic scenery, all whilst under the guidance of an expert escort.

Borneo Anchor Travel & Tours/Sabah Divers


+60 8 8256483

They offer various wildlife, nature and adventure packages all over Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

BridgeClimb Sydney


+61 (0) 2 8274 7777

BridgeClimb provides the ultimate experience of Sydney, with guided climbs to the top of the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. Climbers can choose between The Express Climb, The Bridge Climb or The Discovery Climb.

British Mountaineering Council (BMC)


+44 (0)161 445 6111

BMC travel insurance covers a range of activities and is designed by experts to be free from unreasonable exclusions or restrictions, for peace of mind wherever you travel.

British Red Cross


0844 871 1111

The Red Cross (Charity No. 220949) offers first aid courses around the UK lasting from one to four days depending on your experience and the level you want to achieve.

Brunton Outdoor


+44 (0) 2392528711

Compact personal power device, from the brunton freedom range, which recharges devices like MP3 players, smart phones, digital cameras and more via car or sun ray.

Budget International


0844 444 0002

Budget International can provide travellers with car hire from 3,400 locations in 128 countries.

Buffalo Tours


+84 4 3828 0702

Choose from a range of holidays, focusing on local culture, adventure or luxury trips, or opt for something different with a variety of day trips and short breaks, or even a cruise holiday.

Campbell Irvine Ltd


+44 (0)20 7938 1734

Campbell Irvine specialises in arranging travel insurance for the adventurous traveler. We provide cover for over 75 activities including trekking, safaris, sports and overseas volunteering work.



Our fast, easy and efficient guide helps you find the perfect campsite for your holidays. Use our selection of 160 search criteria and our 319 reviews, to find the campsite that really suits you. Fancy a change of air? Campingo gives detailed descriptions of 8341 campsites in 85 countries!

Cape York Motorcycle Adventures


+61 (07) 4059 0220

Motorcycle tours in north Queensland from one to eight days duration. Private charter also available. They have their own motorbikes and a support vehicle that accompanies the longer excursions.

Cash Passport


0800 056 0572

Cash Passport can carry many different currencies at one time meaning you can travel or shop freely from one country to the next. You can even use it online to avoid hidden charges.

Caxton FX


Caxton FX provide a prepaid currency card usable wherever you see a MasterCard symbol. They also offer an app which allows you to transfer money to the card.

CEWE Photoworld


+44 (0)1926 463 107

From printing your holiday snaps to producing your wedding photo book, printing greeting cards to creating a special gift, we make items you'll treasure from the memories you love.

Cheap Flights


This useful website does not sell tickets but can point you in the right direction to get the best deal.

Citybond Suretravel


Citybond Suretravel offer a Young Traveller policy for people planning to travel the world or study abroad, with cover available for temporary return trips home, computer equipment and course fees. It also covers you for over 120 sports and activities and jobs including office work, bar/restaurant work and fruit picking.

Classic Journeys


+44 (0)1773 873497

Classic Journeys operates tailor-made, quality adventure holidays. Specialising in the area of Asia, a friendly, informal and relaxed trip will provide travellers with memorable and meaningful travel experiences, in addition to supporting educational, healthcare and environmental projects in local communities.

Columbus Direct


0845 888 8893

Columbus Direct offer backpacker insurance for anywhere in the world for 2-12 months. Also offer sports and activities cover.

Connoisseur Travel


01403 272143

We offer each and every one of our clients their own unique tailor made experience. We provide the finest in location and accommodation. Our personalised service takes care of all your arrangements right down to the most tedious of details.



+44 (0)20 3198 1890

From a lost or stolen passport to liaising with authorities and family back home in the event of an incident, we'll be there for you; so you can sleep easy.

Cordillera Blanca Trek


+51 (0) 43 427 635

Offers treks in Machu Picchu, a volcanco tour and more.

Cotswold Outdoor Ltd


+44 (0) 844 557 7755

Cotswold Outdoor Limited have stores across the UK and provide camping equipment, clothes, maps, climbing gear and footwear from brands such as Osprey, Scarpa and Solomon.

Country Walks


+44 (0)207 233 6563

Country Walks offers high-quality walking experiences through both guided and self-guided walking holidays. Trips provide beautiful landscapes and natural environments, cultural interest, accommodation, food and will give you an enhanced sense of wellbeing, leaving you re-energised and rejuvenated.

Cover-More Insurance Services Ltd


01245 272408

Cover-More have been a travel insurance specialist for 30 years, and globally insure over 2.2 million travellers each year. Our service, commitment and experience make us a top choice for travel companies and affiliates.

Cox & Kings


020 7873 5000

Cox & Kings offer a variety of holidays to a number of destinations all around the world, whilst also promoting responsible tourism.

Craigdon Mountain Sports Edinburgh


+44 (0)1467 629394

Craigdon Mountain Sports Edinburgh is an independent outdoor retailer with its flagship store based on Biggar Road, Edinburgh. They stock a wide range of clothing and equipment.

Cuba Solidarity Campaign


020 7490 5715

Cuba Solidarity Campaign offers brigades to Cuba to meet local people involved in healthcare, community projects, education and culture, and work alongside Cuban farmers.

Direct Travel Insurance


+44 (0) 845 605 2700

Direct Travel Insurance provide basic or comprehensive insurance cover to 18-36 year olds for 3-12 months.

Discover the World Education


01737 218 800

From Iceland to New Zealand, Scandinavia to Antarctica then back to the High Arctic, as well as Alaska and Canada, our complete collection of holidays features imaginative itineraries that will ensure your time away exceeds expectations.

Do Something Different


+44 (0)208 090 3890

Want to dog sled in the Rockies? Take a Hong Kong Island or helicopter tour? Or climb Auckland Harbour Bridge?

Dogtag Ltd


+44 (0) 8700 364824

Dogtag Ltd offer insurance cover for 'action minded' travellers aged 18-55 for up to 18 months.

Dolphin Encounter

New Zealand

+64 3 319 6777

Swim or watch dolphins in Kaikoura. You do need to book in advance as there is a limit to how many swimmers are allowed per trip.

Dorset Expeditionary Society/Leading Edge Expeditions


Dorset Expeditionary Society promotes adventurous expeditions to remote parts of the world. Open to all. May qualify for two sections of the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award.



+44 (0)1728 861133

Overlanding is stil the most authentic and accessible way of discovering new countries, their people and culture. Join us in Africa, America and Asia.



UK: +44 (0)203 745 5877; US:

DS-48 offers discreet, intelligence-led risk management, advisory and resolution services. Wherever you are in the world, we keep you from harm, provide assistance when needed and grant you peace of mind.

EasyJet Plc


Offers cheap flights to European destinations with further reductions if you book over the internet.


Cheap flights can be booked through their website.

Eco Trails Kerala


+91 48125 24447

This tour company provides budget holiday tour packages in the Kumarakom and Alleppey Backwater areas.



0800 028 2402/0800 376 2370

ekit is a global provider of integrated communications, mobile, VOIP and Internet services, designed to keep travelers in touch.

Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd


+44 (0) 800 028 3571

Endsleigh has tailored gap-year cover to suit travellers for up to 12 months, with over 100 sports and activities covered as standard.

Equitours - Worldwide Horseback Riding Adventures


+1 307 455 3363

With over 30 years experience, Equitours offer tested and tried horseback tours on six continents. Rides from three to eight days (or longer) for riders of all experience.

Escape Prepaid


0871 220 6420

With the 'Escape Travel Money Prepaid MasterCard' you can withdraw cash from over 1.5 million ATMs worldwide, usually without having to pay a fee.

Essential Travel Ltd



Special backpacker travel insurance for anyone aged betwen 19-45 years old.


Get around Europe with the most hassle-free and comfortable travel option: the European rail pass. No airport check-in lines or being confined to your seat. Your Eurail Pass is an all-in-one train ticket for Europe, so you can enjoy every moment of your journey


+44 (0) 208 099 5899

Leading online supplier of international phone cards.

Europcar UK Ltd


0371 384 1087

Europcar and its alliance partner Enterprise can provide travellers with car hire from more than 13,000 locations in about 150 countries.

Expert Africa


+44 (0)20 8232 9777

Expert Africa is a travel company which organises safaris and holidays for all types of travellers. Team members have travelled extensively in Africa, providing advice and guidance from first-hand experience to offer you the best possible trip.

Explore Worldwide Ltd


01252 884223

Company organising special tours in small groups. Types of worldwide tours available are walking holidays, dog-sledding, wildlife and railway tours amongst others.

Fair Dinkum Bike Tours


+61 0()7 4053 6999

Offer a range of tours using local guides to cater for all levels.

FairFX Plc


+44 (0)20 7107 1206

FairFX offer a free chip and PIN secure card when you load £50 or more, which can be used in over 220 countries.

Field and Trek


Field & Trek has stores all over the UK and supplies outdoor equipment and performance clothing ranges from brands such as Berghaus, The North Face, Mountain Equipment, Merrell, and Lowe Alpine.

Florence by Bike


+39 055 488992

Scooter, motorbike and bike rental company in Florence. Also sells clothing and accessories as well as bike parts.

Flying Kiwi

New Zealand

+64 3 547 0171

Flying Kiwi bus tours around New Zealand offer a unique and fun experience. Camping or cabin options are available in exciting locations and usually meals are included.

Fräulein Maria's Bicycle Tours


+43 650 3426297

Maria's Bicycle tours take you to the main attractions from the film The Sound Of Music! The tour lasts three hours with stop points along the way and operates between May and September.

Free European Health Insurance Card


0191 218 1999

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) enables access to state-provided healthcare in all European Economic Area countries at a reduced cost or sometimes free of charge.

G Adventures


+1 416 260 0999

G Adventures offers one of the widest selection of affordable small-group tours, safaris and expeditions across the world.

Gap Advice


07973 548316

Independent gap year travel advice, information, help and ideas on projects and placements.

Gap Year Hostel


+65 6297 1055

Inspired, designed and managed by backpackers, Gap Year hostel is a well-equipped modern hostel offering easy access to the heart of Singapore. Features include CCTV and key-cards for security, air-con and high-speed fibre optic wifi for leisure, and complimentary breakfast and tea/coffee for comfort.

Gap Year Travel Store


0113 8715 880

Online store selling quality travel kit and equipment to backpackers and independent travellers.


+44 (0)1133 230759

Gapwork is an independent information provider specialising in gap years, gap year jobs, gap year vacancies, activities and voluntary work either in the UK or abroad.

Globelink International


+44 (0)1353 699082

Globelink provides coverage for almost any type of journey and age group (up to 84). Our Globetrekkers travel insurance provides excellent cover for student, gap year travellers, backpackers and over 65 travel insurance.

Go Differently Ltd


+44 (0) 1273 732236

Company offering small-group, short-term volunteering and tailor-made holidays based on the appreciation and respect of the local environment and people.

Go Outdoors


+44 (0)844 387 6800

Go Outdoors operates from 41 retail stores across the UK and offers a wide choice of outdoor accessories and equipment from brands such as Hi Gear, Ragatta, North Ridge and Outwell.

Go Overseas


Explore Programs: Simplify your search by comparing programs side by side. Read Reviews: Learn what to expect on your trip by reading reviews from travelers who have been there. Start Planning: Read articles to get answers to all of your pre-departure questions.

Go Sim


0800 376 2370

Supplier of pre-paid international mobile SIM cards for travellers wishing to make phone calls abroad.

Go Travel


+44 (0)208 906 8505

Go is the most widely distributed range of travel accessories in the world. It still remains a UK family business and it is just as committed to bring innovative products to market as it was over 30 years ago.

Goa Way


0207 258 7800

Goaway specialises in organising travel to Goa and Kerala. You can book flights, hostels or even package tours.

Goolets Ltd - Croatia Luxury Gulet


+44 (0)20 3318 1079

Selection of the top luxury gulet yachts in Croatia. Let the world's number 1 gulet expert organize for you the best cruise of your life in Croatia.

Goolets Ltd, Gulet expert


+44 (0)20 3318 1079

Find your perfect gulet for your dream vacation in Croatia, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Indonesia... With our free assistance, we will help you organize your cruising itinerary, food preferences, activities, and excursions.

Goyo Travel


+44 (0)1869 866520

Goyo Travel provides a variety of group and private trips to beautiful Mongolia. Whether you are looking for adventure or a more cultural experience, there is plenty on offer.

Grand American Adventures


03339 997965; +44 208 682 89

Grand American Adventures specialises in tours to the Americas, with unrivalled knowledge and experience we are committed to bringing you the finest small group adventures available. Enjoy spectacular natural sights, challenging and rewarding activities and encounters with some of the world's most colourful cultures and wildlife.

Grayline Tours of Hong Kong


+852 2368 7111

Special sightseeing day tours around Hong Kong and Macau.

Greyhound Lines Inc


+1 214 849 8966

The most famous and largest bus company in America. Book online and join the millions of others who travel across America on the 'old grey dog'.



0800 838 973

H&T specialises in a variety of financial services, including fast-turnaround foreign exchange. They have over 180 stores across the UK.

Haka Tours

New Zealand

+64 3 980 4252

Haka Tours represents the ultimate in New Zealand adventure holidays, from small group adventures to New Zealand snow tours exploring the impressive Southern Alps and the active volcanoes of the North.

Healthy Travel


Healthy Travel stock a range of health products and travel products suitable for all types of outdoor activities, from a walk in the country to trekking in the jungle.



0843 309 3099

Hertz Global Holdings is an American car rental company providing a wide range of options for car hire around the world.

High Places Ltd


+44 (0)845 257 75

Independent specialist trekking company organising tours to 22 countries.

Highland Experience Tours


+44 (0)131 226 1414

Travel company offering one day and private tours around Scotland, such as a two day highland tour, a whisky tasting tour, or a tour of Scotland personalised to your own requirements.

HighLives Travel


+44 (0)20 8835 7034

HighLives is a specialist in travel to the Andes and wider Latin America and the Caribeean, working in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Guyana, Costa Rica, Cuba and more.

Holiday Architects


01242 253073

Holiday Architects specialises in organising awe-inspiring trips to South Africa, Jordan, Oman, Burma, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Namibia, Laos, Zambia and Sri Lanka.



0845 658 0570

Holidaysafe is a travel insurance provider based in Kent, UK. They have a range of cover options such as backpacking, sports, and long stay.



+44 (0)208 827 1971

HomeAway connect property owners and managers with holidaymakers looking for the perfect accommodation to share their dream holidays together with families and friends. The beautiful homes on our sites feature more space, privacy, and amenities than hotels, often for less than half the cost per person. We are dedicated to helping holidaymakers create unforgettable experiences by staying together.



The Homestay Web allows you to search for hundreds of host families worldwide and post requests for accommodation on the message board.


+44 (0) 207 406 1800

Youth hostels and cheap accommodation in over 3500 destinations worldwide, with no booking fees.

Hostelling International


01707 324 170

Research, plan and book your trip online with Hostelling International. HI hostels are a great way to travel the world safely - explore new cultures and meet friends.

Hostelling International - Canada


+1 613 237 7884

Contact details for the Canadian branch of this worldwide hostel service.

Hostelling International - Iceland


+354 575 6700

Hostelling International Iceland has 36 hostels all around the country, offering comfortable, budget accommodation which is open to all ages.

Hostelling International - USA


+1 240 650 2100

Hostelling International USA has a network of hostels throughout the United States that are inexpensive, safe and clean.


+353 (0)1 5245800 is an online booking site which operates a network of over 27,000 hostels in more than 180 countries. Provides confirmed reservations at a selection of youth hostels, independent hostels and international hostels.

USA aims to provide all the hostel information anyone could ever want, all in one place. Compare prices and read uncensored reviews for all the major booking websites for each hostel (including Hostelworld, HostelBookers,, and others), so you can see where to get the best deals.

Housing Anywhere BV


+31 090 30 39 23

Housing Anywhere is an international student housing platform where you can book or rent out a room. All advertisers are verified and bookings are made over a secure booking system.


Japan features a search engine which provides information on routes and timetables for trains and flights in Japan. HyperDia also offer an app, 'Hyperdia by voice' which can be dowloaded via the App Store and makes it even easier for you to plan your travel routes.



+44 (0)845 643 9338 helps you do your prep work and make sure you arrange your perfect gap year. Choose from jobs, courses, placements and trips.

In the Saddle Ltd


+44 01299 272 997

Specializes in horse riding holidays all over the world, catering for all levels of experience. From ranches in the Rocky Mountain states of Montana and Wyoming, to expeditions in remote and unexplored parts of the world.

Inside Japan Tours


+44 (0)117 370 9751

Specialist company offering tours of Japan, including small group tours and individual, self-guiding tours. You can also book a Japan Rail Pass online here.

Insure and Go


+44 (0) 844 888 2787

Insure and Go provide backpacker travel insurance for up to 18 months. Free cover for many sports and activities.


0330 024 9295 provides backpacker travel insurance for travellers planning trips of 12 months or less, including a baggage and personal possessions cover of up to £500.

InterHealth Worldwide


+44 (0)20 7902 9000

InterHealth provide clinics and travel health advice, eg on immunisations.

International Motorhome Hire


01780 482 565

International Motor Home are an agency that organises the hire of motor homes, on behalf of travellers, throughout the world.

International Rail


+44 (0)871 231 0790

InterRail Pass provides unlimited travel on the sophisticated European Rail network. The pass is very flexible allowing you to choose either one country or all 30 countries.

International Wilderness Leadership School


+1 800 985 (4957)/ +1 907 76

An outdoor school specialising in the highest quality guide training, outdoor leadership training, wilderness education and technical instruction.

Intrepid Expeditions


0800 043 2509

Runs many different survival courses, including a first aid course, ranging from two to 14 days.

Intrepid Travel


0800 781 1660

For travellers with a yearning to get off the beaten track, Intrepid opens up a whole new world of adventure travel.

Intro Travel


0800 133 7007

With epic adventures in Australia, Thailand, Bali & Vietnam, an Intro Travel trip includes advice and support before you go, an awesome Group Leader from the moment you arrive, an instant group of friends, an amazing itinerary and all the important stuff sorted so you can relax and enjoy your experience.

Irish Gap Year


+00 353 83-198-4288

Why not travel to Europe and experience the magic of Ireland! On the western edge of Europe, along the wild Atlantic you'll meet the friendliest people, explore untouched nature and immerse yourself in the Irish culture. Develop leadership and communication skills, volunteer with the local community and immerse yourself in nature.

Italy Bike Hotels


+39 0541 307531

Italy Bike Hotels was founded in 2000 by a group of hoteliers passionate about cycling and is dedicated to providing accommodation and facilities for all cycling enthusiasts.

Jackson Lees


0151 282 1700

Whatever form your gap year is going to take, whether it be working abroad, volunteering or travelling, we have a TIP for you. Our Traveller Insurance Package can provide a sense of relief should anything happen whilst you are away.

Japan Rail Pass


Japan Rail Pass offer a pass covering all six companies which make up the Japan Railways Group, with tickets valid for seven, 14 or 21 days of travel.

Journey Latin America


0208 747 3108

Journey Latin America is the UK's major specialist in travel to Central and South America. Learn a new skill with their 'Learn to ... ' holidays.

Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours


+61 7 4098 0043

Night walks in a tropical rainforest or jungle surf through the Daintree Rainforest.

Kande Horse Trails


+265 (0) 8500416

Experience the Malawi bush on horseback. All ages and riding abilities catered for.



KAYAK provides a price comparison site for hotels and flights all around the world, helping you to easily compare hundreds of travel sites with one search.

KE Adventure Travel


+44 (0)17687 73966

KE Adventure Travel is one of the world's leading independent adventure travel specialists. Whether you seek to walk amongst the world's highest peaks, explore untamed wilderness areas, or witness first hand the wildlife or culture of far-off lands, we have the perfect adventure for you.

Killary Adventure Company


00 353 (0) 95 43411

We specialise in adventure activities that range from bungee jumping to kayaking on Irelands only fjord and much more in between. Whether you are a soft adventurer or after the extreme adrenaline thrill we have something for you.

Kivu Gap Year



The KIVU Gap Year is designed to guide you into a year of travel, internship, and home stay experiences around the world. A purposeful program designed to guide you on the journey into young adulthood.

Kiwi Experience

New Zealand

+64 9 336 4286

Extensive bus network covering the whole of New Zealand. Passes valid for 12 months.

Knowles Travelgoods


+44 (0)1905 22019

Knowles Travelgoods stocks a wide variety of luggage such as suitcases, hand luggage, holdalls and backpacks.

Koyasan Sankei-Koh


+81 (0)736 56 2616

Provides details on sightseeing, Buddhist experiences and lodging options in the Koyasan area of Japan, including an alphabetised list of local temples open to overnight guests.

KT Adventure


+84 4 36740486

KT Adventure, part of Vivu Travel, offer specialised tours in Vietnam, from adventure tours to motorbiking.



+44 (0)207 607 1943

Whether you are looking for remote beaches, an Arctic adventure, a gorilla safari or a sailing trip through the Galapagos Islands, laterallife has plenty to offer to ensure your trip is truly unforgettable.



0800 032 3499

LetUsFixIT provides a computer protection service that allows you to safeguard up to three devices against accidental damage, theft, and mechanical failure, as well as access 24/7 remote technical support.

Lifesaver Systems


0808 1782799/+44 (0) 1206 58

All-in-one filtration system, in a bottle, which will turn the foulest water into safe drinking water without the use of chemicals, allowing for much lighter packing.



+44 (0)118 981 1433

When you're on your travels, whether you're going solo or in a group, it's vital you have reliable and practical accessories by your side. Life Venture know how to make kit that's right for the job.

Live Travel


+44 (0) 208 894 6104

Personalised travel plans offered as well as group tours.

Llama Travel


020 7263 3000

One of the UK's leading tour operators to Latin America, Llama Travel provides high quality holidays at the lowest possible prices. All of our staff have either lived in Latin America or know the countries well. Choose from 63 itineraries or design your own holiday by choosing where you would like to visit.

Love Home Swap


+44 0800 131 0000

Love Home Swap helps set you up with over 80,000+ homes in the world's most popular destinations just waiting for you to visit. Choose either a direct swap or use the clever Swap Points and you'll find yourself in your dream holiday house in no time.

M. Trek and Tour


00212 524330597

Trekking trips, tailormade tours, group holidays and specialised activity weeks in Morocco.



020 7291 9333

MASTA healthcare provide travel clinics across the UK offering professional advice to travellers about their specific travel health needs including anti-malarials, vaccinations and disease prevention.

MB&G Direct


0191 258 8199

MB&G Direct offers car breakdown cover that gets you back on the road quickly and efficiently, whether you’re in the UK or elsewhere in Europe.


+44 (0)141 352 4444 offers services from as little as $1 between 120 city centres across North America through their fleet of luxury single and double decker buses.

Melbourne Street Art Tour


+61 (03) 9328 5556

Melbourne Street Art Tours, led by one of Melbourne's elite street art stars, gives you an overview of the Melbourne underground street art scene.



0161 393 7060

Millets, with over 150 stores, is one of the UK's largest travel and outdoor retailer. Brands include Berghaus, Eurohike, Merrell, North Face and Peter Storm.

Mind The Gap Year


+44 (0) 845 180 0059

Mind The Gap Year offers a low cost economy package or the fully inclusive standard package back packer insurance cover.

Mirya Yachting


+1 604 547 3220

Mirya Yachting is a global yacht charter and brokerage firm specializing in private gulet charter and gulet sales in the Eastern Mediterranean.



0333 123 1983

MoneySuperMarket are a price comparison website enabling consumers to compare policy prices from a range of travel insurance providers.

Motorhome International


+1 847 531 1454

Motorhome International provide RV Rentals and Motorhome Hire in the USA, Canada, Europe, New Zealand Australia & South Africa.

Mountain Kingdoms Ltd


+44 (0)1453 844400

Himalayan Kingdoms is the UK's foremost quality trekking company, running treks and tours to the great mountain ranges of the world.

Mountain Warehouse


+44 (0)20 3828 7700

At Mountain Warehouse we have been developing the very best outdoor gear for all the family since 1997.

My Odyssey Tours


+86 156 9773 0073

Focusing on Asia and Middle East, our expertise in private & custom travel can make your gap-year a lifetime experience at your most comfortable pace.

my Travel Cash


0845 867 6496

my Travel money offer the pre-paid multi currency card which allows travellers to withdraw cash in any currency without ATM fees.

My UK Mail


0845 838 1815

UK based company providing a mail holding and forwarding service to international destinations including permaneant and temporary addresses.

Natural World Safaris


+44 (0)1273 691 642

Natural World Safaris is a small specialist company offering the best safari holidays with a focus on viewing some of the worlds greatest animals.

Navigator Travel Insurance Services Ltd


0161 973 6435

Navigator Travel Insurance Services Ltd offer specialist policies for long-stay overseas trips with an emphasis on covering adventure sports. These policies also cover casual working.

Nikwax Ltd


+44 (0)1892 786400

To clean and waterproof all your gear, extend its life and maintain high performance with low environmental impact - Nikwax it!



0800 652 1979

Supplier of pre-paid phone cards for international long distance calling that can be tailored to travellers needs.



800-710-6657 / 307-332-5300

NOLS is a nonprofit school that seeks to help you step forward boldly as a leader. It’s our role to provide the environment and training to help you discover your full potential. We do that in classrooms close to home and in remote wilderness areas around the world.

Nomad Travel & Outdoor


+44 (0) 845 260 0044

As well as the usual stock of clothing, equipment, books and maps their 8 travel stores also hold medical supplies.

Nomads Hostels


1800 666 237

With great locations, awesome activities and friendly staff, Nomads hostels offer budget backpacker accommodation across Australia & New Zealand.



0800 230 0202

Provider of international broadband dongles enabling travellers to connect to the internet by simply plugging their broadband dongle into their laptop.

Oasis Overland


+44 (0) 1963 363400

Oasis Overland provide exciting and adventurous tours and expeditions in Africa, South America and Central Asia. You'll take an active involvement in the day to day running of the trip with like-minded travellers as you explore different cultures and regions.

Objective Travel Safety Ltd


01788 899 029

A fun one-day safety course or personalised safety courses for travellers, designed to teach them how to think safe and prepare for challenges they may face.

Odyssey Overland Ltd


+44 (0)20 8123 3544

Odyssey Overland is an overland tour travel agency specialising in the big overland tours available around the world from 1 to 6+ months. With 25 years experience, Odyssey can help you find your perfect gap year overland tour!

Olympic Bike Travel


+30 283 1072 383

A variety of bike tours available for all ages. From a ride down the highest mountain in Greece, to bike and hiking tours.

On The Go Tours


0207 371 1113

Special tours such as solar eclipse tours and railways of the Raj can be arranged.

One World 365


+44 (20) 8123 8284

Interested in travelling, working, volunteering, teaching, interning or studying abroad? Search thousands of trips, programs, jobs & courses worldwide.

OneLife Institute


+1 717 560 8290

OneLife is a nine-month gap year program for students who want to grow in their faith, experience community, serve, travel, all while earning college credits.



0800 079 0409

Provider of international broadband dongles enabling travellers to connect to the internet by simply plugging their broadband dongle into their laptop.

Outdoor Megastore


0151 944 2202

Online store for all your outdoor equipment.

Outdoor Spirit


+44.1387 252891

Online shop offering a rangre of out door clothing, including Dr Martens shoes and boots.

Outward Bound Costa Rica

Costa Rica

+506 2278 6058

Outward Bound Costa Rica challenges participants to live bigger, bolder lives. Embark on a life-changing journey through our rigorous programs in Costa Rica and Panama, expanding capacity in leadership, intercultural competence, Spanish language, self-awareness, and life skills.

Oyster Trekking


Take the trek of a lifetime in the stunning Himalayas, with full Oyster support and a fair price. Adventurous treks include Everest Base Camp. The Langtang, Ghale Guan and Annapurna Base Camp.

Oyster Worldwide Limited


+44 (0) 1892 770 771

Take the trek of a lifetime in the stunning Himalayas, with full Oyster support and a fair price. Adventurous treks include Everest Base Camp. The Langtang, Ghale Guan and Annapurna Base Camp.



+61 2 9664 7000

OzIntro help 18-35's travel and work in Australia, starting with pickup at the airport and a week of group activities in Sydney.

P J Hayman & Company Ltd


02392 419 050

With over 20 years experience in travel insurance, we have created specific products to cater for specific needs. Whether you require cover for a medical condition, hazardous activities, round the world trip, Gap year, etc., we have a policy for you.



+852 3664 8300

Pacsafe® offers a range of travel security products to keep travellers one step ahead of the game and their gear secure from opportunistic thieves. Pacsafe® gives travellers the peace of mind they need to get on and get out there on the road less travelled.

Palmar Voyages


+593(9) 9 480 2268

Tailor-made programmes for tours in Ecuador, Peru, South America, the Andes and the Galapagos Islands.

Patchwork Present Ltd


+44 (0)20 8617 8487

Patchwork offers a fun and creative way of funding your gap year by creating a wish-list and sharing it with friends and family, making keeping track of donations much simpler.

Pathfinders Africa


+263 4 870 573

Pathfinders Africa is an African-based expedition company that operates from Zimbabwe. Developed to meet the needs of the adventurous traveller, Pathfinders' over-riding philosophy is of friendliness and individuality.

Peregrine Adventures Ltd


+44 0844 736 0170

Peregrine offer small group adventure tours worldwide. They offer a vast range of tours from polar expeditions to trekking the Himalayas.

Peru Trip Advisors


+51 1 241 7429

Explore Peru, from the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with an inclusive and personalised tour.

Peter Sommer Travels


+44 (0)1600 888220

Peter Sommer Travels provide inspirational trips, stimulating & enlightening expert-led tours and relaxing & beautiful gulet cruises. On offer are a range of archaeology tours, food tours and walking holidays by land and sea. Our escorted tours in Turkey, Greece and Italy will take you to some of the world's best preserved ancient and historic sites.

Pettitts Tailor Made Tours


+44 (0)1892 250500

Pettitts is an independent travel company that for over 27 years has specialised in arranging private and unique tours, journeys and itineraries for travellers' worldwide. We are one of the UK's leading tailor-made holiday experts and our central aim is to create the perfect holiday by combining our vast knowledge and experience

Pioneer Expeditions Worldwide


01202 798922

High and Wild plan some of the most unusual and exciting adventures to destinations worldwide.

PocketComms Ltd


+44 (0)1635 799484

A manual pocket sized universal language system in pictorial form to help travellers communicate through language barriers.

Post Office Travel Insurance


0800 294 2292

Provides cover to 18-35 year olds wishing to take a career or study break.



+44 (0)1420 542980

Power traveller products give the end user freedom to pursue an active outdoor lifestyle by keeping essential lines of communication open whilst they are "off-grid".

Pura Aventura


01273 961928 / +44 1273 961

Various beautiful tailor-made tours in exotic locations. Career break to fulfil a long held dream or a special diversion on your gap-year perhaps?

Quark Expeditions


+1 802 227 7303

Explore the mysteries of the Artic and Antartic with Quark Expeditions. Discovery trips offer the opportunity to visit some of the most secluded locales, experience genuine Inuit cultures and see a vast array of native wildlife. Alternatively, adventurous trips will let you try your hand at camping, mountaineering, skiing, kayaking and paddleboarding.

Rainforest Expeditions


+51 9935 12265

Rainforest Expedition is a Peruvian Ecotourism company. Since 1989 our guests and lodges, have added value to standing tropical rain forest turning it into a competitive alternative to unsustainable economic uses.

RealWorld Holidays


0113 262 5329

RealWorld Holidays is a UK-based travel company founded in 2004 who specialise in tailor-made holidays in South America.

Regent Holidays


0203 553 3240

Regent Holidays has been pioneering travel experiences to a wide range of unique and off-the-beaten-track destinations since 1970. Our travel experts are passionate about creating the perfect tailor made holiday or group tour for you, whether you want to visit the northern lights in Iceland, enjoy a city break in Poland, take a fly drive through Croatia or embark on the journey of a lifetime on the Trans Siberian Railway.

Responsible Travel


+44 (0)1273 823700

Responsible Travel offers a wide range of destinations, from picturesque villas in Italy to cultural experiences in japan, all whilst promoting respectful and considerate tourism.



+44 (0)203 322 83 52

Revolut is a Global Money App, it allows you to exchange currencies at perfect interbank rates, send money through social networks and spend with a multi-currency MasterCard®.

Rickshaw Travel


+44 (0) 1273 322 399

Rickshaw Travel is a UK based ABTA/ATOL bonded travel operator, that uses locally owned accommodation with an authentic feel that is a cut above the usual backpacker haunts.

Ride With Us


+44 (0)1582 840 621

Organised motorcycle holidays around western and eastern Europe that offer something for everyone regardless of their touring experience.

ROCK Insurance Group


+44 (0)333 202 5670

We provide smart and agile travel, gadget and commercial insurance products through our own direct brands and leading brands of our Affinity partners. We're fast growing and developing a reputation for doing things differently and that's why we say, you're better with us.



+44 (0)203 514 7775

Roomlala is an user-friendly online platform that puts people with spare rooms in touch with people who need somewhere to stay. We have more than 1.3 million members in over 40 countries.

Round The World Experts


+44 (0)203 056 7993

Round the World Experts are the tailor-made specialists of the Flight Centre Travel Group. Our experienced team are experts at creating amazing and authentic travel experiences all around the globe.

Round the World Insurance


+44 (0)1273 320 580

Round the World Insurance provide specialist travel insurance designed for people on round-the-world or multi-stop trips.

Rug&Rock Adventures Ltd


+44 (0)8 4444 123 12

Rug&Rock is an exciting company founded by and for enthusiastic travellers from a variety of different backgrounds. We have many years experience of adventure travel, mountaineering and sport and most of us have also taken part in social projects overseas, especially in Morocco.



023 8060 4100

The RYA is the national body for all forms of boating and offers courses specialising in the technique of sea survival at training centres across the UK.



Low cost airline to European destinations.

Saddle Skedaddle


+44 (0)191 265 1110

Some say there is no better way to see a country, its culture, its wildlife and its people, than by bike! This company offers off-road, road or leisure cycling.

Safari Par Excellence


+44 (0) 1548 830 059

Safari company with a 'no fuss or frills' ethos. They cover Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and other countries in Africa.

Safe Gap Year


0845 602 55 95

Safe Gap Year is a training and consultancy company specialising in Independent Travel Safety and Cultural Awareness.

Sail in Greece


+44 (0)203 239 9253

Sail in Greece specializes in cruises and adventures around Greece and as we are specialized in one country we are good at it! We have the same passion as if we join every cruise we make and our fellow travelers are our close friends. Our experiences are enormous and our desire is to pass them on to the world!

Sainsbury's Travel Insurance


0800 316 1453

Sainsbury's Extended Trip Travel Insurance have a policy tailored to those between 16 and 45, providing cover for up to 12 months.

SAS Travel Peru


+51 984 652 232

SAS organize a huge variety of tours in Cusco and Peru, from Adventures trips, Treks, Amazon Jungle Trips and Packages in Peru to MachuPicchu tours, Inca Trail hikes and many more.

Scenic Air


+264 61 249 268

Scenic Air caters for individual travellers, families as well as groups. They offer flights to all of the popular tourist destinations in Namibia.

School Of All Relations (SOAR)


+30 2297 026885

School Of All Relations (SOAR) offers a residential educational program for international youth aged 18-26, based on the Greek Island of Aegina.

Scottish Youth Hostel Association


01786 891400

There are over 70 SYHA hostels throughout Scotland. You can book online but you must be a member - you can join at the time of booking. Registered Charity No. SC013138.

Selective Asia


+44 (0) 1273 670001

Selective Asia offers a range of unique, privately guided tours and adventure holidays in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.

Simply Hike


0844 567 7070

Simply Hike - dor camping gear, outdoor clothing and accessories.

Smaller Earth UK


+(44) 0151 702 6808

Smaller Earth is one of the UK's leading gap year travel providers, sending thousands of travellers abroad every year. Whether you're looking to volunteer in Africa, earn money in Australia or party in Bangkok, we've got the perfect collection of travel programmes for you.

Snow and Rock


01483 445335

Snow & Ice have stores across the UK offering a wide choice of outdoor clothing and equipment including Arc'teryx, Merrell, The North Face and Salomon.

Snowcard Insurance Services Limited


0844 826 2699

An all-round activities insurance covering winter, general mountain and water sports as well as the standard travel risks. The unique 'Snowcard' gives 24 hour access to Assistance International.


New Zealand

+64 9 526 2130

Company offering campervan rentals in New Zealand and Australia.

Specialtours Ltd


+44 (0) 20 7386 4690

International art and cultural tours. Access wonderful private houses, art collections and gardens. Most tours are accompanied by an expert lecturer.

SportsCover Direct Ltd


01494 484800

Whether you need to protect your income, are travelling abroad or wanting protection at home, we cover for most eventualities. Our products are tailored to amateurs or semi-professionals taking part in sports and activities including competitions.

St John Ambulance


+44 (0)8700 104950

The St John Ambulance Association runs first aid courses throughout the year around the country. Courses last a day and are suitable for all levels of experience.

STA Travel


0333 321 0099

This company has branches or agents worldwide and a Help Desk telephone service, which provides essential backup for travellers on the move.

USA enables people from all corners of the globe to arrange home exchanges for their next vacation. Best of all: no money changes hands and accomodation is free!

Steri Pen


+1 207 374 5800

Steripen is a portable, fast and easy way to ensure water is safe to drink through harnessing the power of ultraviolet light.

Stray Ltd

New Zealand

Stray is New Zealand's fastest growing backpacker bus network - designed for travellers who want to get off the beaten track.

Student Money Saver


0207 183 4671

Established by graduates in 2010, Student Money Saver is a website all about living large and spending little. We're here to save students money, source the best student deals and student discounts and give the best student finance tips.

Student Universe


0808 234 4107

Whether you’re looking for a great deal on round the world flights, arranging a work abroad placement in Australia or a volunteering trip to Africa, StudentUniverse can handle every aspect of your gap year travel.



0800 781 1660

Adventure tours arranged in the USA, Mexico, Alaska, Canada, Central and South America and Australia.



+44 (0) 20 8568 4499

A range of active holidays/trips available including sailing holidays around the world.

Swiss Youth Hostels


+41 (0) 44 360 1414

They have 52 hostels, ranging from traditional Swiss chalets, to modern buildings, large historic houses and even one or two castles.

T24 Black Card


+44 (0) 20 7281 6090

Offers a USD-denominated prepaid card that comes with complimentary premium travel insurance and standard Priority Pass membership, giving you access to 850+ airport lounges worldwide.



0870 071 5888

Talkmobile provides monthly or pay as you go international mobile SIM cards for travellers wishing to make phone calls abroad.



TalkTalkBnb connects travellers with hosts wanting to improve their language skills. Find free accommodation in exchange for speaking your mother tongue with your host!

Taurus Insurance Services


+350 0207 183 6081

Taurus Insurance Services provides gap year and working holiday travel insurance.



+44 (0)845 3700 499

Travel to Thailand and meet like-minded travellers. Explore wondrous Thai temples and beautiful national parks, relax on the warm beaches or try your hand at snorkelling in the sparkling clear waters, and enjoy an up-close experience with elephants in the jungle. Thaintro offers a great stepping stone into Thailand.

The adventure company


0845 287 6541

Offers inspirational holidays and trips worldwide that venture off the well trodden tourist trails.

The Bundu Safari Company


0800 781 1660

The Bundu Safari Company has teamed up with Intrepid Travel to offer exciting safari adventures.

The Bus Station

UK is a website which provides an extensive database of links to bus, tram and trolleybus operators and providers from across the world.

The Dragon Trip Pte Ltd


0203 817 5974

The Dragon Trip is a provider of affordable holidays in China in the form of backpacking trips.

The Hospitality Club


The Hospitality Club is a global collection of members who assist each other with travelling opportunities, be it with a roof for the night or a guided tour through town.

The Imaginative Traveller


0845 287 2908

Individual, escape and volunteering tours available.

The Luxury Cruise Company


020 7838 5991

The Luxury Cruise Company offers ocean, river and exploration-style cruises worldwide and specialises in organising personalised cruise itineraries aboard the world's finest vessels.

The Luxury Holiday Company


020 7590 0770

With over 210 years of collective travel specialist experience, The Luxury Holiday Company team are passionate about creating tailor-made holidays that live long in the memory.

The Oriental Caravan


+44 (0)1424 883 570

The Oriental Caravan is a truly independent adventure tour operator specialising in escorted small group travel in the Far East.

The Royal Life Saving Society


+44 (0) 1789 773 994

Contact The Royal Life Saving Society for information about qualifications in life saving, lifeguarding and life support.

The Russia Experience


0345 521 2910

The Trans-Siberian is a working train covering 9,000 km, 10 time zones, 16 rivers and some 80 towns and cities. A once in a lifetime experience.

The Tasty Ski Company


+44 (0)7538 761 767

The Tasty Ski Company has a selection of catered ski chalets in Morzine and Le Grand Massif. Our prices include our lovely house wines, beer and soft drinks. This is an unlimited service not just confined to meal times.

The Unique Travel Company


01264 889 644

We provide a personal, affordable Sri Lankan experience that gives you a truly unique experience knowing that you are also putting money back into the island to help it grow and prosper - we feel this is what responsible tourism is about.

Thomas Cook


General travel agent with high street branches offering flights and late deals.

Timberline Adventures


+1 800 417 2453

Hiking and cycling tours in the USA.

Top Dog Insurance


0800 093 6686

Providing gap year travel insurance which covers many extreme sports and activities, including bungee jumping, scuba diving etc. The flexible policy allows you to return home for short periods of time.



0845 257 5212; +44 (0)20 898

Providing unforgettable travel experiences for 18 to 30 somethings. Extended trips, festivals, ski and sailing in Europe, holidays in Egypt, Morocco, Jordan and Israel, safaris in Africa, adventures in Australia and New Zealand.

Total Backpacking


Total Backpacking sells a range of travel essentials, including backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, portable electronics and first aid equipment.

Tour Bus


If you are looking for Tour Bus options within Australia or around the world you will likely find some great resources here.

Tourdust Ltd


+44 (0)203 291 2907

Tourdust specialises in adventurous holidays for independent minded travellers, combining down-to-earth adventures with carefully selected boutique hotels. They partner closely with local guides and hotels to offer high quality & great value holidays.

Tourism Queensland


44 20 7367 0981

Explore the many beautiful destinations Queensland has to offer.

Tracks Safaris


+44 (0)1386 830264

Whether you are looking for a lodge safari, a tented safari, a self drive safari, a mobile safari, a walking safari, a flying safari, or a safari for the whole family, let Tracks Safaris give you some ideas and inspiration.



0844 879 3960

TransIndus provides opportunities to discover both the must-see sights and off-track gems where you can gain an authentic taste of rural as well as urban India, beyond the reach of more conventional tourist trails with holidays which are both comfortable and relaxing, and culturally stimulating.

Travel Insurance Direct


0800 652 9944

The Discovery policy is designed for anyone travelling on a budget, backpacking or travelling light. Whilst being a low cost option it still maintains excellent levels of medical insurance, including vital medical emergency repatriation cover.

Travel Insured


0800 092 4383

Travel Insured offer a backpacking and young traveller insurance policy for 16-45 year olds, covering non-manual work, sports and recreation, and innocent incarceration/kidnap.

Travel Money Card Plus


0344 809 4564

Travel Money Card Plus is a prepaid MasterCard. You can manage your account from anywhere via an app, online or even by text message.

Travel Nation


+44 (0)1273 320580

Independent specialist travel company providing expert advice and the best deals on round-the-world trips, multi-stop itineraries, overland/adventure tours and Trans-Siberian rail journeys.

Travel Talk


+44 (0)20 8099 9596

UK adventure and cultural tour operator, whom design tours especially for fun-loving and motivated people aged between 18 and 39.

Travel The Unknown


+44 (0)20 7183 6371

Travel The Unknown offers small group (up to 12 travellers) and tailormade tours to various locales throughout Afica, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

Travelbag Ltd


0871 703 4698

Book flights, hotel, holidays and even find insurance on their website.

Travelex UK


Whether you're going to Andorra or Zambia, we've got you covered. With a choice of over 45 currencies and a range of Cash Passports™, we'll make it easy for you to get your travel money.


0844 888 2757

Provides cover for up to 18 months travelling. Cover can be arranged for medical expenses, personal accident to repayment of student loan.

Travellers Auto Barn


+61 2 9360 1500 (outside Aus

No cheaper way to travel around Australia than in any of our campervans or stationwagons - we have offices all around Australia and all our rentals come with unlimited KM, free insurance, special discounts.



A totally free community site for gap-year travellers. Register and contact travellers around the world for to-the-minute advice on the best places to go and best things to do.

Travellers Contact Point


+61 2 9211 7900

A specialist travel agency for independent and working holiday travellers. We have shops in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.



+44 (0)115 951 2092

Provides travellers with a range of medication and equipment at very competitive prices to make your journey both healthier and safer!



0208 682 8920

With year round departures and over 50 unique itineraries from 3 to 64 days in length TrekAmerica tours are the ideal way to explore North America.



+44 (0) 141 568 8089

Trespass is an outdoor clothing, footwear and equipment manufacturer and retailer with over 200 stores throughout the UK. It also operates an e-commerce website for purchasing online.

Tribes Travel


+44 (0)1473 890499

A Fair Trade Travel company with lots of exciting tours for you to choose from, such as budget priced walking safaris to the more expensive once in a lifetime trips.



Find a travel companion for any trip you have planned – from a city break to a month of backpacking.

Tru Experience Travel


01494 526163

Tru Experience Travel provides the opportunity to get involved through volunteer programs and internships from 2 weeks up to one year.

Tucan Travel


+44 (0)800 804 8435

Tucan Travel are an adventure tour operator, specialising in group tours in South and Central America, Asia, Europe and Africa

Ultimate Gap Year


Personalised safety training suitable for anyone embarking on a gap-year. Training held at homes throughout south-east England.

Urbane Traveller


+44 (0)117 973 4053

Urbane Traveller source beautifully made & stylish travel accessories and fashionable travel clothing, bringing these products together under a premium and stylish online emporium.



+353 (0)1602 1906

Irish travel agents offering cheap flights from Dublin, Cork and Shannon specifically aimed at students.

Uxlabil Eco Hoteles


+502 2366 9555; +1 305 677 3

Experience Guatemala at affordable prices. Uxlabil offers three unique hotels in Atitlán, Antigua and Guatemala City, each fully equipped with modern facilities and providing breathtaking views.



01475 744122

Evergrowing range of tents, sleeping bags, rucsacks and outdoor accessories.

Veloso Tours


020 8762 0616

Veloso Tours specialise in trip to various countries in South America. Experience an authentic approach to travel, personalised around you from inspiration to implementation with our specialists advisors, high-quality service, expert local guides and professional organisation.

Venture Uganda


+256 (0)393 20 20 33

Venture Uganda is an independent, Ugandan tour operator offering specialist holidays and educational visits to Uganda.

Vietnam Tour Pedia


+84 4 6281 6212

Vietnam Tour Pedia is a Hanoi based travel agency offering tailor-made tours within Vietnam and Indochina with attention to gap year offers.

Vietnamese Private Tours


+84 917 951100

Vietnamese Private Tours specializing in tailor made private tours within Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Our services start from Vietnam visa, to hotel, cruises and more.

VIP Backpackers


+61 (0) 2 9211 0766

VIP Backpackers is the largest independent backpacker accommodation network in the world, with over 1,200 hostels across 80+ countries, and counting.

Virgin Broadband


0845 650 4500

Provider of international broadband dongles enabling travellers to connect to the internet by simply plugging their broadband dongle into their laptop.

Virgin Money


0845 089 6278

Offers a 'Pre-paid Travel Money Card' enabling travellers to budget more easiliy and spend abroad with greater security.



+44 (0) 20 8877 7650

Experience the Trans-Mongolian railway and the Silk Road, travelling with local people, sampling local food and travel at local prices.

Voyager Insurance Services


01483 562 662

Voyager's Responsible long stay travel insurance policy gives you cover for up to 18 months, so it can be ideal if you're a backpacker, or if you're planning a gap year or sabbatical.


0844 848 5848

Specializes in selling tickets and passes for travel throughout Europe by train. Available to buy online, at our London Travel Centre or via our call centre.

Walks Worldwide


0845 301 4737

Walks Worldwide is a leading independent specialist for trekking and walking holidays, offering a wide choice of walking holidays to all the world's great trekking and walking destinations, many of which are unique to Walks Worldwide.

Warm Showers


+1 720 259 9684

The Homestay Web has over 900 host families registered worldwide and waiting for you. You can search for a Homestay Host family open your own home up to others.


South Africa

+27 83 737 2892

Warriors offers a variety of programs to participate in a range of experiences that are designed around the 5 core values of emotional fitness, social skills development, adventure & eco-tourism, entrepreneurship and work readiness and health & fitness to support the transition of entering adulthood.

Weldricks Pharmacy


0845 402 4409

Our UK based online pharmacy has a great range of travel medicines, insect repellents, sun care and travel accessories at great prices. Our online Doctor can assist with travellers requiring Prescription Only malaria prophylaxis.

Wendy Wu Tours


0800 9888 209

Visit some of Asia's most beautiful locations with tailormade trips and tours from Wendy Wu Tours. From the Great Wall of China to the Taj Mahal in India, indulge yourself in a new culture and discover the wonders Asia has to offer.



+44 (0)203 053 6610

WeSwap let travellers around the world swap currency with each other with no hidden costs, so that everyone gets the fairest rate and has more to spend.

Wexas Travel


020 7590 0610

Established for over 45 years, Wexas is one of the UK's most respected travel companies, specialising in luxury tailor-made travel to destinations across all seven continents.

Wild Frontiers Adventure Travel Ltd


+44 (0)20 3930 4296

Wild Frontiers is committed to producing the most innovative and ground-breaking holidays on the market. Whether you are looking for serious adventure, or a more relaxing and luxurious experience, we have always strived to offer something different and memorable.

Wildlife Worldwide


01962 302 088

Wildlife Worldwide has been organising tailor-made wildlife tours since 1992. We provide tailor-made Indian & African safari holidays, whale watching holidays, wildlife cruising and Antarctic & Arctic voyages.

Winterline Global Education



Whether you spend a year or a week on a Winterline program, you will visit extraordinary places, experience new cultures, learn new skills and find out something important about yourself.

Working Holiday Store


+44 (0) 1737 887556

An independent company that aims to provide travellers with an online resource, enhancing their planning and prep for the adventure of a lifetime.

World Expeditions


+44 (0)20 8545 9030

Adventure travel company offering ground breaking itineraries on every continent. They offer exciting all inclusive adventures and challenges worldwide.

World First Travel Insurance


0345 90 80 161

We are the worldwide travel insurance specialists and have 40 years of experience providing holiday insurance cover for all kinds of people, going to all kinds of places and doing all kinds of wonderful things.

World Nomads Ltd


+44 (0) 1543 432 872

World Nomads Ltd offer an insurance package specifically targeted at independent travellers under the age of 60 for up to 18 months.

Worldtrekker Travel Insurance


0843 208 1928

World Trekker Travel Insurance offers four levels of cover from Standard to Ultra to UK resident travellers up to the age of 45 years.



YearOutWork is dedicated to helping you plan your time out... whatever you choose to do.

Yeomans Outdoors


01246 477 513

With over 90 stores across the UK, Yeomans Outdoors stocks a wide range of tents, camping equipment and outdoor clothing from brands such as Vango, Trekmates, Easycamp and Karrimor.

Younique Travel Adventures


01793 680545

Younique Travel Adventures are experts in group travel and work specifically in Kenya & India.

Youth Hostel Association New Zealand

New Zealand

+64 (0)3 379 9970

Budget accommodation in New Zealand. Hostels open to all ages. Book online before you go.

Youth Hostels Association of India


+91 (011) 2611 0250

Youth Hostel Association in India, with hostels which can be booked online through their website.