Best Cities to visit on a Gap Year revealed, as voted for by gappers themselves

Foreign cities can offer a multitude of opportunities, be it experiencing different cultures, admiring alternative architecture or gaining work experience abroad. But which cities should gappers head to, to get the most of their time away?

With time in shorter supply as gappers increasingly choose to squeeze their gap year into gap months, they may well need a bit of help deciding where their time will be best spent.

In the second stage of Real Gap Experience’s quest to find the best places to go on a gap year (or gap snap), past gappers have eagerly casted their votes, with nearly 900 of them taking part in a poll to help reveal which City offers the best gap experience.

1st place – Sydney, Australia
Taking poll position, with a whopping 50% of the vote, is Sydney, Australia – a city that never disappoints. For years Sydney has been a firm favourite on the gap year trail and it seems that it is still ticking all of the boxes.

2nd place – Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok unsurprisingly boasts second place. As one of the original backpacker destinations, Thailand’s larger than life capital city keeps tempting travellers to visit its bustling streets. It’s a monster of a city that never sleeps and offers something different on every corner.

3rd place – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina’s capital city attracts travellers with its two contrasts; a cosmopolitan metropolis mixed with classic traditions. Taking third place, Buenos Aires is confirmation that South America’s popularity as a gap year destination just keeps rising.

4th place – Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa continues to be a firm favourite on the Gap Year circuit with its ever changing landscapes, captivating wildlife and [Lynsey Devon] offers great value for money. The South African capital which takes 4th place in the city poll, offers a profound level of diversity, giving gappers every reason to visit during their time away.

5th place – Las Vegas, USA
This year’s wild card takes 5th place. Some might not think that Vegas is the typical choice for a gap year, but if you’re on a road trip across the USA, its one city that you wouldn’t want to miss. The bright lights of this city never stop shining and the megaresorts are standing ready to cater for its visitors every whim.

For more information or to book a trip to one of these destinations, call Real Gap Experience on 01892 516164 or visit .




Notes to Editor:

Top cities trip options:

Ultimate Aussie Fun Down Under:

Australia is an essential stop for those planning to work abroad for a year of adventure and opportunities. With its laidback outdoor lifestyle, cracking nightlife, friendly locals, stunning harbour and some of the most famous beaches in the world, it’s little wonder gap travellers flock here time and time again.
Real Gap Experience’s Ultimate Aussie Fun Down Under helps travellers with the basics needed to find work, by arranging working visas, a 12 month job service membership, YHA membership, an Australian bank account, as well as giving tax advice and a full orientation of Sydney. Working in Australia is a great experience and the advantages are endless; travellers can save the money they earn and use it to explore more of the country, whilst the skills picked up along the way will be hugely beneficial when securing a job back home. The package also includes the ultimate 7 night introduction to Oz. Not only does this include a bunch of activities such as surf lessons, a Sydney Harbour cruise and a real Aussie BBQ, it provides the perfect basis to meet new friends and adjust to a new way of life.
Prices start from £939 land only. Includes seven nights at Sydney YHA on arrival, YHA membership, welcome lunch at Sydney Centrepoint Tower, working holiday visa (valid for 12 months), hunter valley wine tasting day trip, surf lesson (September-May) / Blue Mountains trip (June-August), Sydney Harbour cruise, Taronga Zoo (from September - Wildlife World), 12 months membership to job service, tax advice, bank account opened prior to arrival, airport transfers, in-country orientation and 24 hour support. For more information call Real Gap Experience on 01892 516164 or visit

Thailand Experience:

Experience adventure travel in Thailand with all the best bits packed into just four weeks.
Real Gap’s Thailand Experience explores unspoilt Kanchanaburi and Sangklaburi with an opportunity to visit and lend a worthwhile hand at local volunteer projects. The four weeks also include an assortment of adventures such as jungle trekking, a visit to the River Kwai, floating markets and restaurants, waterfall pools in Erawan and indigenous Thai communities. This trip allows the most intrepid of travellers who don’t necessarily have time on their side, to get to know the real Thailand and its enchanting culture.
Price starts from £899pp land only for four weeks including accommodation (hotel/guest houses), all breakfasts, airport transfer and tour of Bangkok and Kanchanaburi. For more information visit or call 01892 701890

South Africa Experience:

It’s not hard to see why Cape Town, the capital of South Africa (or at least one of them) remains top of the list for gap travellers choosing to take a break abroad this year.
Real Gap’s South Africa Experience takes travellers on a journey through the vast mix of South Africa’s spectacular scenery; across the desert, mountains and lakes. The larger than life animals, as well as the spirit of the people, infects so many visitors with a travel bug so powerful they’ll never stop coming back. The South Africa Experience combines all of this and more, in just 2 weeks.
Travellers can volunteer at a stunning private game reserve, work with endangered animals including the Big 5, travel the awesome Garden Route and end up in one of the greatest cities in the world – Cape Town! Extreme sports along the way include white water rafting, the world’s highest bungee jump and black water tubing. Those with a more laid back approach will also enjoy the wilderness walks, boat trips, whale/dolphin watching, township tours and sunshine beaches.
Prices start from £799pp land only for 2 weeks. Includes accommodation in lodges and hotels, all breakfasts and a combination of lunches and dinners, airport pick-up, in-country orientations, 24 hour support, elephant trekking, surf lessons and a boat trip. For more information please contact Real Gap Experience on 01892 516164 or visit

Western BLT:

Las Vegas might be the gappers choice of city, but in America why just pick one when you can have them all, or at least as many as you can muster in 7 days.
With a multitude of incredible sights to see, head to the USA to discover the mystery of the open road. From Hollywood and the Grand Canyon to San Francisco, Las Vegas and LA, the fun never stops. Step into the Old West and see for yourself the depth and grandeur of one of the world's natural wonders - the Grand Canyon; visit the world's largest trees - the Giant Sequoias of Yosemite; and watch night become day as the sun sets on the Las Vegas Strip. Adventurous activities include scenic walks and hikes in Yosemite and Grand Canyon National Parks, cycling, rollerblading and relaxing on a sunset cruise.
Prices start from £649pp land only for 6 nights. Includes B&B accommodation, private transport, some sightseeing and an experienced local leader. For more information please contact Real Gap Experience on 01892 516164 or visit

About Real Gap:

Since 2003 Real Gap has been offering worldwide Gap Experiences to 35 countries across 6 continents. Tours run from 2 weeks to a year and can be a full time volunteer project to a hands-on activity with adventure travel itineraries exploring the highlights of the destination. Experiences encourage interaction with locals, helping travellers really get under the skin of the culture. Real Gap and Real Gap for Grown Ups offer a variety of tours from volunteering, teaching, sports coaching and paid work programmes across Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Americas.

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