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The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities 

Ashley Reign
Updated November 13, 2018 140 votes 8 voters 44 items

List Rules Vote up the best ways to spend your year after graduation.

If you're looking to take a break from the books and explore the world around you, then rest assured that there are plenty of great gap year options out there. So if you're not quite sure what to do after college or are simply looking for a free way to travel abroad, you'll find some killer ideas here. From awesome ideas for trips to some of the best gap year programs around, get a load of this list of productive ways to fill your time after graduation. Whether you're looking for opportunities in the US, ideas for fun gap year jobs, or simply things to do on days when things get a little slow, you'll find a little something for everyone.  

Sometimes the hardest thing about figuring out what to do after graduation is trying to narrow down the endless options. As you'll soon discover, there are plenty of gap year internships, scholarships, and even jobs out there that can go a long way towards filling out your resume before you ever enter the workforce. From mission trips to simply becoming a more well-rounded person, sometimes taking a gap year can set the course for the rest of your life. Be sure to vote up the gap year opportunities that sound the most exciting to you!

 

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Build houses with Habita... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
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Visit all 58 National Pa... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Visit all 58 National Parks in the United States
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See 10 countries in 9 mo... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
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Work on an Organic Farm ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
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Read all those books you... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Read all those books you never got around to
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Take up Martial Arts is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Take up Martial Arts
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Learn a new language to ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Learn a new language to use in your travels
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Fight poverty abroad wit... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
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Study classic art first ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Study classic art first hand in Italy
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Go to as many music fest... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Go to as many music festivals as you can find
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Score an Internship In D... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
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Do "The Artist's Wa... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
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Learn to surf is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Learn to surf
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Write your own novel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Write your own novel
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Get into the best shape ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Get into the best shape of your life
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Volunteer with Cross-Cul... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
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Volunteer at South Afric... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
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Live in Europe for free ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
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Go on an overseas educat... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
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Research and invest in t... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Research and invest in the stock market
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Take up yoga and mindful... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Take up yoga and mindfulness meditation
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Learn to cook (and maste... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Learn to cook (and master) your favorite foods
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See the world with Proje... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
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Hike the entire Appalach... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Hike the entire Appalachian Trail
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Travel the Silk Road in ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Travel the Silk Road in Central Asia