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Top ten fastest growing destinations for inclusion on a gap year

Here are our Top Ten fastest growing destinations for inclusion on a gap year trip:

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Explore Chennai and visit the 7th century shore temples in Mamallapuram. Stay on an island homestay in Kerala and visit the spice bazaar and beautiful Dutch palace in Kochi. End your adventure unwinding on Goa’s laid-back beaches.

Krabi and Phuket

Stay in Bangkok before taking an overnight train journey to Khao Sok National Park staying in the jungle before heading to the Krabi Province, famous for its unspoilt beaches. From here spend the days exploring the diverse sights of Malaysia including Penang, the Cameron Highlands, Kuala Lumpar and Melaka.


See the best of Southern Costa Rica and Northern Panama by starting your trip at the Panama Canal, an extinct volcanic crater and explore the archipelago of Bocas del Toro. With Panama still off most travellers’ radars, it is the perfect place for a genuine discovery experience with activities ranging from fantastic bird watching to white water rafting.


Enjoy a day trip taking in the best bits of Iceland from the lava fields to the warm mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon. There is lots to explore to get the best of prehistoric and contemporary Iceland, visiting lighthouses, seabird colonies, fishing villages and even a multimedia exhibition.


Mount Kilimanjaro stands at an impressive 5,895m and is Africa’s highest peak and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. Trek the famous Marangu Route stay in comfortable sleeping huts, equipped with beds and mattresses. You’ll need a good night’s sleep

Sandaka in Borneo

Explore the tribal villages, hot springs and the orangutans. Learn about mountain folklore on a Dusun homestay and climb Mount Kinabalu to enjoy breathtaking views.

Costa Rica

Some of Costa Rica’s must-see highlights include amazing wildlife, intense volcanic landscapes and superb Pacific beaches. Enjoy an unforgettable night hike into the base of the still active Arenal Volcano or relax in lush hot springs. While you’re there try out white-water rafting, horseback riding and boogie boarding.

Nadi in Fiji

See the real Fiji with a hop on, hop off bus pass. Explore beaches, rainforest treks, boat trips and local life covering the whole of Fiji’s breath-taking main island, Viti Levu.

North India

Discover Rajasthan by taking in the sights of Old Delhi and the Shekhawati havelis. Take a camel safari to Jaisalmer and bird watch at Keoladeo Sanctuary. See the royal palace of Udaipur, visit the Jain temple of Ranakpur, and shop in a Jodhpur bazaar

Sri Lanka

Combine relaxation and sightseeing as you travel from Negombo to Colombo. Cycle through the ruins of Polonnaruwa, climb the fort at Sigiriya, visit ancient Anuradhapura and experience Kandy’s music scene.

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Prices are correct at time of going to press (January 2009) and are subject to change. Destination information supplied by gap year travel experts STA Travel (httpss:// and first published on

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