Well the time has finally come, I have decided to take my gapyear. The dream trip to Australia is within my grasp. And who better to go to for advice than other people who have been there and done that, and that exactly what you get at gapyear.com
Gapyear was first set up in 1997 by Tom Griffiths and Peter Pedrick who's idea was to start a website which would supply information for wannabe backpackers. But instead of the usual stuffy information site they wanted something new, and their plan was a site for backpackers run by backpackers. As well as the site the two have worked hard with the government and various global brands to help make travelling a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. Tom and Peter have been joined by a fantastic team all with experience of numerous countries and various different types of travel, from overlanding in Europe to campervaning in oz, the team at gapyear are in the know.
What the site offers :
Gapyear offers a wide range of information for anyone considering a gapyear or any what I would call off the main tourist trail travelling.
* There are two main downloadable planners one for australia and one for round the world travel which give you lots of info on what you will need before travelling, what visas you will need to apply for, how much things will cost, and recommendations for the best places to visit on your trip.
* If you are wanting to volunteer as part of your travels then look no further than gapyear for info on many of the companies out there that can be used for varioys volunteer projects. Whether you fancy some conservation work, teaching English as a foreign language or working in an orphanage, there is something for everyone!
* forum - A fountain of information from other backpackers as well as gapyear staff, if there is anything you need to know that you cannot find on the main site then you are sure to find a helpful soul on the gapyear boards that will be able to help you out.
* A lot of people travel alone nowadays so gapyear have found a great way to help out with the stress of arriving somewhere or travelling alone. Travelmates is a fantastic section where you can post a bit about yourself, the dates you are looking to travel and where, and what you want to do when you get there, and then if you've managed to catch the attention of someone wanting to do the same things as you, you can get together and share some amazing experiences. This is also extended onto the gapyear boards where they have a travelmates section for nearly every country.
* Last but not least the gapyear shop. The one stop shop for all your travelling essentials from backpacks to first aid kits and padlocks to waterproofs, they've thought of it all. And with regular sales the prices are just right too.
My opinion :
A fantastic site that I wouldn't be without as a wannabe traveller, packed with useful information, gapyear is a great site to check out for anyone thinking of planning a year away or even a few months volunteering.
I think the best part about the site is the gapyear boards, I have managed to find every piece of info I was looking for from budgeting for a year away, to prices for visas, the best things to do is oz and even the price for a beer in a bar. whatever info you might be looking for, you're sure to find it on gapyear. Another plus to the site is that it is very user friendly, well laid out with easy to find use links to the information you are looking for.
I have also used their travelmates board to find five awesome people I am hoping to travel with next year, I will let you know how that goes :)
All in all a resounding 5/5 for the guys at Gapyear for being the best place out there for travel information. easy to see how they won awards such as best travel website 2007 from Britain youth travel awards and were part of The Times online 2009 100 best travel sites.
Gapyear.com is a website which is designed to aid any would-be travellers with their planning and preparation as well as being a very useful resource for trip ideas. There are many useful guides available on the site which are written by experienced travellers and these can be a valuable source of information for anyone knew to the world of travelling. The website also contains specific guides and tips for each country and region.
One of the most useful areas of Gapyear.com is the messageboard which is frequented by a large number of very active travellers of all experiences ranging from absolute beginners to extremely well travelled folk who are usually more than willing to answer any questions and offer advice to other members of the community.
Gapyear.com also contains an online shop which sells every kind of travel kit that you could think of as well as advice on which gear is best depending on where it is that you will be travelling to in your gapyear. Although the idea of a gapyear is thought of as more of a thing that young people would do after their A-levels or after they have completed university, the website is also a useful resource for any older travellers out there and there are a fair few older members on the messageboards. If you are thinking about travelling or doing volunteer work abroad then I would really recommend you check out this great website for ideas, tips and advice.
I have been using Gapyear.com since about January Time, now. I logged on when I first decided that I was going to take the trip of a lifetime to Australia!
Gapyear.com is an incredible website. It appears to have quite a following, and I am on there most days, sharing a wealth of knowledge, with what seem like genuine people, who share one common interest, Travel!
I have joined a group and we are all of to Australia on the 20th of Jan 2010, we have all booked on the same flight, and are offering each other great advice!
I don't feel worried about traveling alone, because wherever you are, and whatever your doing, you can always find advice on the site, and there will always be people there, willing to help you out.
If you are wanting to go traveling, but aren't sure where to start, then check this website out. It is completely invaluable, and it's free to sign up! They really are a nice bunch of people, who make you feel welcome from the very beginning!
I've been using gapyear.com for just under a year now in preparation of my round-the-world travel. I have to say, if it wasn't for GY, I wouldn't be going on such a trip, as it's been so invaluable.
It's saved amongst my favourites and one of the few sites I check daily. So the brief summary of the site is to aid potential travellers with advice, products, and travel services. It's an easily operable website with clear icons depicting where to find sections.
The first of the sections is 'Planning your trip' which extends from planning your flights to organising what kit to take with you, offering many ideas and even highlighting special deals on products they are selling. Unlike other travel websites these products more often than not rival the prices in high street chains, and come recommended by well-worn travellers. Other sections help you find jobs at home and abroad to help save for your trip, and there is also a whole section on volunteering, giving advice on helping out on every continent.
I feel the website comes in to it's own though with the messageboard feature, with hundreds of members. You set up an account with a small profile and can upload pictures, blogs, and tell others where your next adventure is. This allows you to post on the messageboard either offering your words of wisdom or picking someone elses knowledge. In my months on GY there has always been a friendly environment and the information I have picked up will definitely hold me in good stead. Some of the regular members also organise meet-ups where they gather to camp, socialise, swap travel advice, and more often than not, get drunk!
The messageboard also has a travelmates section where you can meet likeminded people if you're perhaps nervous about travelling alone. You can be fairly safe in the knowledge they are genuine people and I have made contact with a few people heading out to South America the same time as me. Along with this the websites founders have devised a travel guide, albeit brief ones, for near enough every country in the world, so if you're stuck for ideas, they're a free and easy way to get some inspiration.
I feel it would be fair to write on the other hand of the argument now and find some negatives, but I honestly can't find any! So if you're heading abroad and either want some advice or inspiration then gapyear.com is a great site.
Gapyear.com is an excellent website to go through if your thinking or seriously planning a gapyear.
The site is packed full of articles on countries, cities, how to plan your route round the world. There are loads of links to working abroad companies, volunteering and much more. It gives you lots of ideas that you may not have thought of in your travels. They advertise things like ski seasons, summer seasons, fruit picking, saving the monkeys, rainforest conservation.
The articles are very useful, particularly the ones on fruit picking in Oz, the country guides, and the ones about visas.
I havent used the site to go through to book anything as I went with sta travel. They do recommend sta travel on there though for a lot of things like flights and insurance.
If you are travelling and want to keep a blog then you can do so on this site. That way you will remember lots of little things from your trip and family and friends at home can keep up to date with what your doing.
Another part of this site is the message boards. Here you can meet travellers doing similar routes, ask questions that the very reliable board guides will answer.
You can contact the guides on the site for advice on travelling, and they will email you back quickly.
If you are a bit scared of travelling alone, then definately check out the travelmates board and see if anyone has similar plans and try and get to know some people.
Definately check out this website, theres loads of things I found on there like there was a half price rucksack in millets, and all about my visas for my travels. It will make you want to go travelling right now!