Travel The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities  

Ashley Reign
139 votes 7 voters 50 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 Habitat for ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities

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Visit all 58 National Parks in... 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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Take up Martial Arts is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Take up Martial Arts

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Learn a new language to use in... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Learn a new language to use in your travels

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Explore the ancient temples of... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Explore the ancient temples of India

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Fight poverty abroad with One ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities

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See the nearly 800 islands of ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
See the nearly 800 islands of Scotland

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See 10 countries in 9 months w... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities

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Go to as many music festivals ... is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Study classic art first hand i... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Study classic art first hand in Italy

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Do

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Work on an Organic Farm with W... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities

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Write your own novel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Write your own novel

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Volunteer with Cross-Cultural ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities

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Live in Europe for free by bec... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities

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Learn to surf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Learn to surf

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Volunteer at South Africa's Sh... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities

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Get into the best shape of you... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Get into the best shape of your life

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Canoe the entire the 227 miles... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Canoe the entire the 227 miles of the Grand Canyon

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Hike the entire Appalachian Tr... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Hike the entire Appalachian Trail

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See the world with Projects Ab... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities

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Score an Internship In D.C. wi... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities

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Learn to cook (and master) you... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Learn to cook (and master) your favorite foods

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Go on an overseas educational ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities

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Travel the Silk Road in Centra... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Travel the Silk Road in Central Asia

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Research and invest in the sto... is listed (or ranked) 26 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 mindfulness m... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Take up yoga and mindfulness meditation

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Read all those books you never... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Read all those books you never got around to

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Go on a cross-country vineyard... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Go on a cross-country vineyard tour

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Become a certified scuba diver is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Become a certified scuba diver

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Learn how to mix your own musi... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Learn how to mix your own music

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Immerse yourself in another cu... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities

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Become a dog walker/pet sitter... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Become a dog walker/pet sitter to earn extra cash

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Hike through the ruins of Mach... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Hike through the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru

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Teach English in Thailand with... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities

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Give back with a paid internsh... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities

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Learn how to fix your own car is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Learn how to fix your own car

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Have an Intellectual NYC adven... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities

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Volunteer to save turtles with... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities

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See Russia as you ride the Tra... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
See Russia as you ride the Trans-Siberian Railway

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Spend a year seeing the castle... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Spend a year seeing the castles and cathedrals of Europe

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Learn how to Tango in Argentin... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Learn how to Tango in Argentina

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Make a difference in Peru with... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities

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Tap into your pioneer spirit w... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities

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Attend the Festival of Lights ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Attend the Festival of Lights In India

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Get a great camera and take up... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Get a great camera and take up photography

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Check out international volunt... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities

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Hang out at Everest Base Camp ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Hang out at Everest Base Camp in Nepal

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Take a long walk along the Mil... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Take a long walk along the Milford Track in New Zealand

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Learn how to play a musical in... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Gap Year Programs, Destinations, And Activities
Learn how to play a musical instrument