Thailand & Laos
South-East Asia for the win! Make your way through crazy, cool tropical jungles on a scooter, or hang out on the beach during the full moon parties. Either way, you need to get yourself to Thailand and Laos at least once in your life and your gap year is the perfect time. The friends you make there are for life and from all over the world. The street food is awesome, the accommodation is cheap and the vibes are super chilled.
One of the most colourful and diverse countries in the world would be India. From its open deserts to its lush jungles and everything in between, it truly is an amazing experience. Everything is cheap there: travel, accommodation and food... just make sure that the street food is kind to more sensitive stomachs. Opt for mild wherever possible because you sure don't want to spoil your time there with Delhi belly. It remains an adventurer's paradise and a pretty cool place to check out, particularly if you're into spicy food.
The mecca of gap year travel would be Morocco. Its picturesque landscape is perfect for snapping photos for the gram. There are few countries where you can enjoy the delights in the narrow and winding streets of Marrakech, catch a tan on the beach or take a camel ride into the red deserts. Be sure to check out the markets and take full advantage of the amazing Moroccan food.
Sometimes the coolest places are around the corner from where you are. Head to the Garden Route, go and play lumberjack in the woods and hang out with elephants. You can learn to surf, make friends with locals and think about how to earn a coastal living so that you would never have to leave Knysna. Ever. Imagine waking up to the ocean every day for a year – or maybe forever? You could be living the dream, my bru.
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