Work & Play World Discovery

Minimum travel time 8 months from £3,939

Work, play, and travel the world

Stilt fishermen of Sri Lanka
Tallest skyscraper in the world in Dubai, UAE
+27
Great Barrier Reef
Visit 5 countries
Meet likeminded travellers
Earn money in Oz

Trip Highlights

  • Explore beautiful Sri Lanka on a guided group tour. See Sigiriya, Kandy, Ella, & more!
  • Discover the magic of Bangkok by canal, tour the temples and Grand Palace, then fly down to the southern isles for some incredible beach partying in Thailand
  • Spend up to a year getting paid to work and travel around amazing Australia
  • Learn to surf, spend some time on Fraser Island, and travel the entire east coast of Australia having some incredible adventures along the way
  • Explore New Zealand with a flexible hop-on hop-off bus pass that will take you to the best bits on both north and south islands
  • Tailor your trip to shake up the order of countries you visit and add extra trips to make this a once-in-a-lifetime adventure

Trip Summary

Combine travel and work on an action-packed adventure through the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Australasia with some practical extras, like travel passes and job support included for all-round peace of mind, and a gap year like no other! Kick off your journey with some independent travel in Dubai before jetting over to Sri Lanka to explore the country’s finest cities and landscapes on a group tour. From there you’ll spend some time relaxing on some of the world's most beautiful beaches and partying under the stars in Thailand, before heading south and spending up to a year taking on paid work in Australia. You'll have a handy Australian travel pass thrown in, as well as a fun learn to surf trip and a tour of Fraser Island. In case that's not enough travelling in one trip, don't panic – you've still got a whole country to tour, in the form of New Zealand. This is about as epic as it gets!

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Independent travel time in Dubai

Your first stop off will be in Dubai, where you'll have time to yourself to discover the best bits of this fascinating place at your own pace. We can help you arrange accommodation, but the rest is up to you...

DUBAI TO SRI LANKA

Fly from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) in time to arrive in time for the first day of your itinerary.

Sri Lanka Discovery (12 days)

Spend 12 days travelling around beautiful Sri Lanka and enjoy exciting included activities, including a homestay experience in Digana and a hike to Little Adam’s Peak.

Day 1: Negombo

Meet your tour guide and the rest of the group at a welcome meeting this evening.

Day 2: Negombo to Sigiriya

Stop off at a small village to share a meal with the local community before travelling to Sigiriya.

Day 3: Sigiriya

Chill out, relax, or take a day to tour the incredible Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Day 4: Sigiriya to Digana

Visit a spice garden en route to Digana. On arrival to Tamarind Gardens in Digana, enjoy a guided tour before meeting our local hosts for the evening.

Day 5: Digana to Kandy

Journey through green, serene landscapes to Kandy in the heart of Sri Lanka.

Day 6: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Travel to leafy Nuwara Eliya, stopping at the Sthree Craft Shop and Café to enjoy a delicious local breakfast. Visit a local tea plantation and factory in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 7: Nuwara Eliya to Ella

Enjoy an optional excursion to Horton Plains National Park to hike the trails and admire the gorgeous scenery. 

Day 8: Ella

Spend the morning trekking along the trails and paths to the summit of Little Adam’s Peak and take in the stunning views.

Day 9: Ella to Hikkaduwa

Stop off at Galle Fort for a walking tour of the 16th-century structure en route to the coastal town of Hikkaduwa.

Day 10-11: Hikkaduwa

We’ll be spending the next couple of days in this tropical beachside idyll, so hit the beach and soak up the sun!

Day 12: Farewell

You’re free to head back to Colombo to catch your flight to Thailand whenever you like. Airport transfers aren’t included, but your tour guide can help you arrange transport by private taxi or bus.

Please note itineraries and activities are subject to change. 

SRI LANKA TO THAILAND

Fly from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) to arrive in time for the first day of your itinerary.

Thailand Island Hopping (10 days)

Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok

Meet the rest of your group on a fun night out in Khao San Road.

Day 2: Bangkok

Go on  a canal boat tour and visit Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and the majestic Grand Palace.

Day 3: Travel to Kanchanaburi

Swap the busy streets of Bangkok for the sweeping countryside of Kanchanaburi.

Day 4: Elephant Project

Spend the day with the elephants at a brilliant project in Kanchanaburi.

Day 5: Erawan National Park

Hike into Erawan National Park and make a beeline for the region’s famous Erawan Falls.

Day 6: Head South

Return to Bangkok, grab a bite to eat, then catch the overnight bus to Koh Tao.

Day 7-9: Koh Tao

Beach lazing, sunset cocktails, boat trips, and island viewpoints are planned for the next couple of days.

Day 10: Departure

Make your own way back to Bangkok for the next leg of your journey.

Speak to one of our travel advisors about extending your Thailand trip to our 15-day option if you'd also like to visit Koh Pha Ngan, Koh Samui, and Ang Thong Marine Park.

THAILAND TO AUSTRALIA

Fly from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) to Sydney International Airport (SYD) to arrive in time for the first day of your itinerary.

Paid Work in Australia (up to 12 months)

Start your working holiday down under with an action-packed Aussie adventure in Sydney and Port Stephens.

Day 1: Arrive in Sydney

Meet the team and get settled in at the hostel.

Day 2: Orientation & jet boating

Get a city orientation then go jet boating in Sydney Harbour.

Day 3: Bondi Beach

Visit Bondi Beach and go on a coastal walk to Coogee.

Day 4: Sydney Harbour

Get help and advice from the team and go on a Sydney Harbour cruise.

Day 5: Port Stephens surfing

Take a surf lesson and enjoy a beach BBQ in the evening.  

Day 6: Sand boarding & dolphin watching

Feed wild kangaroos, go sand boarding, and cruise beside dolphins.

Day 7: Setting up home

Back in Sydney, the team will help you make accommodation arrangements.

Day 8: Working in Oz seminar

Work seminar, jobs board sign-up, and a group meal at a revolving restaurant.

Day 9: Onwards and upwards

Move on to your house share or other accommodation.

Australia East Coast Bus Pass (minimum travel time 13 days)

Sydney to Barrington Tops

Head to Barrington Tops and stop at Hunter Valley for a wine tasting session.

Barrington Tops to Spot X Surf Camp

Go mountain biking before travelling to surf camp. Visit a koala hospital on the way.

Spot X Surf Camp to River Retreat

Chill or surf before travelling to the River Retreat and go on a canoeing trip.

River Retreat to Byron Bay

Spend two nights in Byron with a free day to surf, party, or go kayaking.

Byron Bay to Noosa or Rainbow Beach

Stay in Noosa or head to Rainbow beach to watch the sunset at Carlo Sand Blow.

Noosa/Rainbow Beach to Emu Park

Watch dolphins at Tin Can Bay. Later, we'll travel to Emus Beach Resort.

Emu Park to Airlie Beach

Spend the day at Emus Beach Resort, catch an overnight train to Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island

Walk around Magnetic Island with your tour guide, then relax by the pool.

Magnetic Island to Tully

Stay in a historic pub or camp in Tully Gorge National Park. 

Tully to Cairns

Take a look around Cairns before partying in the evening.

East Coast Learn to Surf (7 days)

Day 1: Travel to the Surf Camp

Arrive in Sydney and head up to Spot X Surf camp.

Day 2-6: Learn to Surf!

Learn to surf with professional instructors teaching you over two sessions each day.

Day 7: Transfer to Byron Bay

Head to Byron Bay after your last surf lesson.

Please note if travelling before 2nd March 2019 you will follow a shorter 5 day itinerary. Please speak with a travel advisor for more information.

Discover Fraser Island (5 days)

Day 1: Rainbow Beach

Meet your group at 4pm and attend an itinerary and safety briefing.

Day 2: Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island

Transfer to Fraser Island and head by 4x4 along the 75 Mile Beach sands to Eli Creek and Lake Wabby.

Day 3: Fraser Island

Head to the rainforests of Central Station via forest paths and suspension bridges before arriving at Lake McKenzie.

Day 4: Fraser Island to Rainbow Beach

Discover the north of the island and explore Indian Heads and the bubbling Champagne Pools.

Day 5: Farewell Rainbow Beach

Discover the north of the island and explore Indian Heads and the bubbling Champagne Pools.

AUSTRALIA TO NEW ZEALAND

Fly from Sydney International Airport (SYD) to Auckland International Airport (AKL) to arrive in time for the first day of your itinerary.

New Zealand Travel Pass (up to 12 months)

You can use your travel pass over the course of 12 months to travel around New Zealand in your own time, or as a one-off tour and travel the entire route in a minimum of 30 days (although we recommend giving yourself at least 38 days).

The following itinerary can be completed in 30 days-

Auckland to Paihia

Travel to beautiful Paihia, stopping off at the ancient Parry Kauri Forest Park on the way.

Paihia to Cape Reinga

Make the journey to Cape Reinga and go sand surfing on the biggest sand dunes in New Zealand!

Paihai to Auckland

Enjoy some free time to explore Paihai or just to chill out. Head to Auckland this afternoon.

Auckland to Hahei

Take a trip to Hot Water Beach in beautiful Hahei and enjoy a classic Kiwi barbecue later on.

Hahei

Free time in Hahei: Hire a mountain bike or kayak and explore your beautiful surroundings.

Hahei to Rotorua

Journey through rural Waitomo to Rotorua, famous for its geothermic activity and pungent sulphuric smells! 

Rotorua

A free day to explore Rotorua. Opt to relax in one of the city's many spas or visit the nearby Hobbiton Movie Set.

Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua

Enjoy some free time in Rotorua this morning before boarding the bus to beautiful Lake Aniwhenua.

Lake Aniwhenua to Blue Duck Station

Help give out packed lunches to disadvantaged children before travelling to Blue Duck Station.

Blue Duck Station

Walk to Kaiwhakauka Waterfall and try out some optional activities at this beautiful country estate.

Blue Duck Station to Raetihi

Visit Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO Dual World Heritage Site, on the way to Raetihi.

Raetihi to Wellington

We'll make our way to New Zealand’s capital today via Ohakune, Taihape, and Bulls.

Wellington to Abel Tasman National Park

Sail across the Cook Strait from North Island to South Island, and head to Abel Tasman National Park.

Abel Tasman National Park

Explore the national park by foot or by air today or go on a boat excursion.

Abel Tasman National Park to Franz Josef

Take in the unusual views across Punakaiki's Pancake Rocks and blowholes on the way to Franz Josef.

Franz Josef

Make sure you visit the mighty Franz Josef Glacier today.

Franz Josef to Wanaka

Walk around Lake Matheson before travelling through the mountains to Wanaka.

Wanaka to Queenstown

Try some optional activities before making the journey to Queenstown.

Queenstown

Free time in Queenstown: Go canyoning, bungee jumping, or ziplining. 

Queenstown to Gunn’s Camp

Travel on the lakes through the stunning mountain and glacier scenery of fiordland to Gunn’s Camp.

Gunn’s Camp to Invercargill/Stewart Island

Take a walk through the beech forest to Viewing Gantry before making the journey to Invercargill.

Invercargill/Stewart Island to Queenstown

Go on an excursion to Waipapa Point, Curio Bay, and Porpoise Bay to see the local wildlife.

Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook

Go on a 4WD Argo tour at Mt Cook and visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

Mt Cook to Rangitata

Visit the serene setting of Lake Tekapo and see the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd. 

Rangitata to Christchurch

Opt to go white water rafting and then discover exciting Christchurch.

Christchurch to Kaikoura

Discover beautiful Kaikoura in your own time today. Go whale watching or walk around the peninsula.

Kaikoura to Wellington

Board the ferry at Picton to cross the Cook Strait back to Wellington.

Wellington to Auckland

Leaving Wellington early this morning,we’ll make the trip back to Auckland and enjoy a night out.

Itineraries and activities are subject to change. 

Please note: this bus pass is open-dated. We will issue you with the pass, but you'll need to select your start date and book each sector of your travel around New Zealand. Dates may vary as bus timetables change at certain times of the year. Once your booking is confirmed you will be given full instructions on how to book your seats on the buses.

Our Work & Play World Discovery package is a combined trip made up of five different Real Gap Experience trips (all detailed below). All of our Round the World Travel packages can be altered to suit you, so if you want to swap out one of the trips for another, or shake up the order in which you travel to each country, you can! Just speak to one of our travel advisors to find out more about your options.

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Sri Lanka Discovery - 12 days

  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • Services of a trip leader throughout
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Spice garden visit
  • Homestay and village tour of Digana
  • Breakfast at Sthree Craft Shop and Café, Kandy
  • Tea plantation tour
  • Little Adam's Peak tour
  • Galle Fort tour

Thailand Island Hopping - 10 days

  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfer on arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi
  • All transport between destinations on itinerary
  • An experienced and helpful tour guide
  • Bangkok city tour
  • Long tail boat tour in Bangkok
  • Elephant project experience
  • Erawan Falls excursion
  • Koh Tao viewpoint walk
  • Koh Tao boat trip and snorkelling

Paid Work in Australia - Up to 12 months

  • Personal meet and greet at Sydney Airport with transfer on arrival
  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • Welcome meeting
  • The support of a friendly and helpful group leader
  • Full orientation session
  • Help and advice for preparing to live and work in Australia from our personal work and travel experts
  • Assistance from our expert jobs team to perfect your CV and line up interviews for you
  • Australian bank account set up, tax file number, Medicare card, and SIM card
  • 12 months online Oz Jobs access
  • 12 months job support and advice from local team
  • Free Wifi
  • BBQ on days 3 and 5, and lunch on day 6
  • Full city orientation in Sydney
  • Jet boating in Sydney Harbour
  • Private Sydney Harbour cruise
  • Transfers between all site visits included in the itinerary
  • Bondi Beach to Coogee coastal walk and snorkelling
  • Surfing lesson near Port Stephens
  • Sand boarding at Port Stephens
  • Dolphin boat trip at Port Stephens
  • Farewell dinner at revolving restaurant in Sydney
  • Help with onward travel

East Coast Learn to Surf - 7 days

  • 6 nights dorm accommodation at the Surf Camp
  • Transport from Sydney to Spot X
  • Transport from Spot X to Byron Bay
  • 5 Surf Lessons & 2 Afternoon Expression Sessions
  • Use of Wetsuits and Surf Boards during lessons
  • All meals included whilst at Spot X Surf Camp

Discover Fraser Island - 5 days

  • 4x4 camping experience
  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • All camping and cooking equipment
  • Safety briefing and driver training
  • 75 Mile Beach and Lake McKenzie visit
  • Eli Creek, Maheno shipwreck, Indian Head, and Champagne Pools visit
  • Lake Wabby visit

New Zealand Travel Pass - Up to 12 months

  • Modern bus with guide/driver
  • 12-month flexible hop-on-hop-off bus pass
  • On-board Wi-fi
  • Accommodation reservations
  • Bay of Islands visit
  • Parry Kauri Forest visit
  • Hot Water Beach relaxation
  • Dune surfing
  • Visit to Hahei
  • Huka Falls trip
  • Tongariro National Park excursion
  • Country farm experience
  • Abel Tasman National Park visit
  • Punakaiki pancake rocks
  • Franz Josef Glacier stop
  • Viewing gantry walk in Fiordland

All Trips

  • 24/7 emergency support

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals, drinks and snacks (unless otherwise stated)
  • Local transport
  • Optional activities/excursions

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Dubai

Your travel in Dubai is completely independent, so you can select accommodation of your own choosing, or ask us for recommendations.

Sri Lanka

11 nights of same-sex multi-share accommodation are included during your time in Sri Lanka. In Digana, you'll stay with a local family in very basic but homely accommodation.

Meals aren’t included on this trip, other than breakfast at the Sthree Craft Shop and Café in Kandy and an evening meal with your homestay family in Digana. It’s a fantastic opportunity to sample a range of Sri Lanka’s delicious food and you won’t be short of restaurants to choose from!

Thailand

You'll stay in a variety of different types of accommodation in Thailand, the majority of which will be based on two to four people in the group (of the same sex) sharing a room. All the accommodation is air-conditioned and has western-style bathroom facilities.

Most meals aren't included on this leg of the trip, but you'll find a large selection of restaurants and bars offering a wide range of delicious Thai food during your stay.

Australia

Paid Work In Australia

You'll spend your first eight nights at our brilliant hostel in the heart of Sydney. You'll share a dorm with up to nine others and have access to various shared areas, Wifi, and your own locker. The hostel is located next to The Scary Canary – a lively backpacker's watering hole. You'll also spend a night in a typical bush bungalow in Port Stephens. After your first nine days, you'll have help finding accommodation of your own, whether that's a shared house or signing up for a bit longer at the hostel.

On days three and five you'll get to enjoy beach barbecues. On day six you'll receive an included lunch, and on day eight you'll get to share a group meal at Australia's highest revolving restaurant.

East Coast Travel Pass

Your tour guide or driver will reserve accommodation along the route for you at our trusted hostels and guesthouses, unless you decide to book accommodation independently. The cost of which will need to be paid locally.

There are some unique overnight stays on route that we would highly recommend. They include:

  • Barrington Tops - A night in a private lodge set on the edge of Barrington's national park with river views and its own hot tub, dinner and breakfast included: 60AUD/£35pp.
  • Spot X - A night in beautiful beachside accommodation at Spot X Surf Camp, dinner and breakfast included: 60AUD/£35pp. 
  • River Retreat - A night beside the river in a wilderness cabin or swag under the stars, including dinner and breakfast: 50AUD/£30.   
  • Great Keppel Treasure Island - Go on a tour of Great Keppel Island, take part in a fun treasure hunt, go on a Bluff Point turtle walk, and enjoy and evening meal before bedding down for the night: 99AUD/£58.
  • Tully Rainforest - Enjoy a night's camping in Tully Gorge National Park and get to cool off in a beautiful swimming hole, enjoy a barbecue dinner and stories around the campfire as well as a hike through the forest to learn about the indigenous plants and animal species: 120AUD/£70.

Food isn't included in the East Coast Bus Pass.

East Coast Learn to Surf

You'll stay in dorm accommodation at the surf camp with access to shared areas including a movie room and entertainment area.

You'll be provided with three meals a day at the surf camp (days 2-6).

Discover Fraser Island

You'll spend 2 nights camping on Fraser Island and 2 nights in a hostel on Rainbow Beach. During camping nights, you’ll stay in some beautiful camping areas with incredible night sky views. You’ll be staying in tents or traditional Aussie swags, or a mix of both. Tents will be shared between at least two members of the same sex. All camping equipment is provided, apart from a sleeping bag which you can hire locally (AUD10 extra cost). The hostel at Rainbow beach is clean and comfortable and you will share dorms that sleep 6-10 people. There is a pool, nightly entertainment and a fully licensed bar, plus you are just 5 minutes from the beach.

Two breakfasts, three lunches, and two dinners are included in your Fraser Island tour, most of which will be prepared fresh for you either on a camp stove or barbecue.

New Zealand

Accommodation isn't included as part of your Kiwi Experience Bus Pass, but your driver/guide will be able to suggest the best places to stay at great backpacker rates.

Food won't be included during this leg of the trip.

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This Round the World route will take you to Dubai - Colombo - Bangkok - Sydney - Auckland. Flights are not included as part of this trip, but we have a brilliant flights team on hand, dedicated to getting you the best deal of the day.

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The minimum age for this trip is 18-years-old. To be eligible for an Australian Working Holiday Visa, you must be aged between 18-30.

Dubai

British passport holders can obtain a visitor's visa, valid for 30 days, on arrival to the United Arab Emirates.

Sri Lanka

You will need a tourist visa to enter Sri Lanka. You can apply for a 30-day tourist visa (ETA) online.

Thailand

British passport holders arriving by air can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa. 

Australia

All visitors to Australia (except New Zealand residents) will require a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter: these must be obtained before departing. If you're planning on taking paid work whilst in Australia you'll need a Working Holiday Visa. Both types of visa can be applied for online.

In order to drive a 4x4 on Fraser Island, you must be 21 or over and have a full manual driving license.

New Zealand

British passport holders can enter New Zealand without a visa, staying as a visitor for up to six months. 

I'm Planning To Travel On My Own, Will I Be Okay?

Of course! Most of our travellers go on our trips alone, so you’ll meet plenty of others in the same situation, and likely be firm friends by the end of your first day. In most instances, you'll have an experienced tour guide with you, and you'll always have our 24-hour emergency support if you need any assistance during your travels.

Do I Have To Have Travel Insurance?

Yes – no two ways about it! You'll need to make sure you have sufficient cover for the activities you're planning on taking part in during your trip as well as general travel concerns. One of our travel advisors will be more than happy to help set up travel insurance for you – our policies have been specifically designed for gap year travellers, and are among some of the most competitive on the market. Give us a call for more information.

Should I Take A Backpack Or A Suitcase?

We recommend you use a soft bag or frameless backpack, plus a small bag for excursions. You should check luggage limitations and restrictions with each airline you fly with prior to packing.

What's The Average Age Range Of People On These Trips?

It's difficult to put an average age on so many different trips and you're likely to meet travellers of all ages. You might have a mix of people your own age or some much older or younger than you. Generally, you'll find a huge age range of people on bus passes and flexible hop-on hop-off trips, but travellers between the ages of 18-30 on the other trips.

Can I Extend My Working Holiday Visa In Australia?

If you find you’re not ready to move on within 12 months, you can apply for an extension on your Working Holiday Visa for up to 24 months, but you’ll need to spend 88 days (3 months) carrying out specified work in a regional area of Australia, which is most easily achieved through farm/horticultural work or fruit picking. Do bear in mind that you'll need to let us know of any changes you make to your travel itinerary. Speak to us for more information.

Do I Have To Do All Of The Stops And Activities On The Travel Pass Routes?

Not if you don’t want to! These trips are all about flexibility, so if there’s anywhere you don’t really fancy going to or an activity you’d rather skip, that’s fine – just book onto the bits you do want to do.

Do I Have To Do This Trip In The Order Listed?

Nope, it's completely up to you how you do this tour – you could do it in reverse, mix up the order, add other trips, or take out trips you're not as interested in, you can tailor it to your every travel need.

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