8 Best Travel Plans For Those Who Wish To Spend Their Gap Year In Asia
Does the thought of spending your gap year in Asia excite you much? Have you decided where you wanna go, or just doing your research to find out the perfect tour/ voluntour to make the most of your time?
Maybe, we can help! Go Discover Abroad has been working dedicatedly to design some amazing gap year programs for millennials, and here's a list of 8 best travel plans from which you can pick the one that suits you the most.
In the recent years, this Indonesian island has gained much popularity and you surely would love to explore it during your gap year. Well, yes, we are talking about Bali. Known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs - Bali can just take your breath away and mesmerize you in all obvious ways. Bali will surely enchant you with its dramatic dances and colorful ceremonies, arts, and crafts, as well as its luxurious beach resorts and exciting nightlife that's too hard to resist.
The Sailing Adventure has been exclusively curated by Go Discover Abroad for all those thrill seekers who are ready to explore Munduk, Kintamani, Ubud, Candidasa, Nusa Lembongan, Lombok Island and more! In a span of 14 days, you'll get to visit some of the most picturesque beaches in this region, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, indulge in knowing the local culture & lifestyle and binge on some delicious seafood.
In case you are willing to explore the entire backpacking trail - covering Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam & Laos - then this would be the best option for you! This journey can be perfectly coined as 'Indochina Tour'. Starting from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, you'll be traveling to the historic city of Siem Reap to witness the gorgeousness of the Angkor Temple Complex, marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, your journey will continue to the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, followed by the pristine beach destination of Sihanoukville.
Your journey in Vietnam will start from Cần Thơ, and continue to Ho Chi Minh City. Explore the Buddhist monasteries, attend some Vietnamese cooking classes and binge on some delicious Pho while in Vietnam. Experience the thrilling ride on a junk boat and cruise on the Ha Long Bay. And then, head towards Vientiane - the capital of Laos - a tranquil city with a lesser buzz than others! Explore Laos from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang and Pak Beng, before finally entering Thailand, all over again! Spend a couple of days in Northern Thailand, and explore the city of Chiang Mai.
If China has been there on your bucket list since forever, then you should stop procrastinating any further and plan your backpacking trip with Go Discover Abroad. With a perfect mix of the old world charm and the glitters of the modern society - China will feed your wanderlust pretty well! Begin your journey from the star-studded city of Hong Kong and head towards the beautiful backpacker town of Yangshuo. Here, you can stay for a couple of days and explore the town on a cycle. Don't miss out attending Tai Chi classes and take lessons to prepare authentic Chinese meals.
Your next destination would be Chengdu, where you'll get to visit the Giant Panda Breeding Center. You can also go to see the Wenshu Monastery and explore Leshan, to witness the beauty of the largest Buddha statue in the world. Visit other Chinese cities like Luoyang, Shaolin, Song Shan and then, head towards Beijing - the capital of China - to hike up the Great Wall. Of course, how can you even miss it? Visit the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Beijing. Your next destination would be Xi’an, from where you'll be traveling to Suzhou, also known as the 'Venice of the East'. Your final destination of the trip would be Shanghai, one of the finest cities in the world!
India is a dream destination for everyone, and it's obvious that a country of such dynamism can't be covered in one single trip. But if you are planning to head towards India during your gap year, then probably one of the best plans would be to cover New Delhi, along with the states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Your journey will begin from the capital city where you will get to feel the pace of life, a tad bit differently.
Your journey will continue towards Rajasthan, the royal state that has been ruled by the Rajputs for centuries. You'll get to travel across Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, and Jaipur. Apart from exploring the magnificent forts, temples, and palaces in all these destinations, you'll get to see the vastness of the Indian desert and go for a camel ride if you are interested. Indulge in knowing the Rajasthani culture, binge on the delicious spicy food, and don't forget to pick up some souvenirs that you can take back home for family and friends. From Jaipur, you'll be traveling to Agra, the 'City of Love' where you'll get to see the Taj Mahal. We understand that no trip to India can ever be complete without visiting the Taj. Later, you'll continue your journey towards Varanasi - a sacred city for the Hindus. Go for a boat ride on the Ganges, meet the sadhus and know more about the religion and spirituality. You'll head back to Delhi, from where you can fly back home!
If Bali is enough for you and you're craving for something more, then you need not worry! We have some offbeat alternatives as well, to make your gap year in Indonesia more fun-filled and exciting. In a span of 28 days, you can explore Sumatra, Java, Bali, and Kuta. Other then island hopping, you'll get to hike up to the crater of Mt Bromo, stay with the locals in a Tengger farming community homestay, explore the ruins of the Borobudur Temples and more.
You'll kick-start your journey from Medan, and continue towards Bukit Lawang via Tangkahan. In Bukit Lawang, you'll get the chance to go for a jungle trek in Gunung Leuser National Park to spot some orangutans, gibbons, monkeys etc. Travel to Berastagi and then to Samosir Island, before heading to Padang Sidempuan. If you are already baffled by the places you'll visit, then get your paper and pen, because there's more to come and maybe you would like jotting down the names for convenience! Explore Padang, Jakarta, Cianjur, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Ngadas and Red Island - before finally making it to Ubud. Soak in the sun, stroll on the pristine beaches, dive into the water and go for snorkeling/ surfing/ scuba diving etc. It's gonna be an experience of a lifetime.
Do you wish to make your gap year more meaningful by volunteering for little children, most of whom are affected by Agent Orange (effects of a chemical weapon used by the US Army during Vietnam War)? If the answer is 'Yes' - then we would be glad to suggest you the Child Care Volunteering Program in Ho Chi Minh City.
Being a volunteer for this program, you'll be spending your days at a Child Care Center, looking after the little ones - who are either physically or mentally challenged. Ofcourse, they need extra attention than others of their age, and hence, your role would be to shower them with utmost love and care. The centers (where you'll be placed) usually have around 70 to 80 children and not enough caregivers. Hence, the management is often not up to the mark. Your role would, therefore, be of immense importance. While you will be working during the weekdays, you can head out to explore the Ha Long Bay during the weekends.
Ever thought how it would be to trek up to the Everest Base Camp? Perhaps the thought of it makes your senses go numb as you feel the adrenaline rush! You'll be surprised to know that a handful of millennials are actually taking this quite seriously, trekking to find solace amidst nature and to get closer to the highest mountain range in the world.
Go Discover Abroad has the best plan for you, and your journey with us will begin from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Fly down to Lukla, from where the adventures will begin. Over a span of 15 days, you'll be going up to an altitude of 17,388 ft approx and feel the chills. Find yourself amidst the snow-capped mountains and sleep in tents under the star-lit sky. To say the least, it's going to be an experience to cherish for a lifetime.
Are you an animal lover keen on spending some quality time with the adorable giants, during your gap year? How about spending a couple of weeks in a tranquil Sri Lankan village, working with the elephants as well as for the community development project? Located in the gorgeous town of Kegalle, at a distance of about 2 - 3 hours from the capital city of Colombo, this would be an enriching experience for nature lovers during their gap year abroad.
You'll mostly be working with the mahouts (caregivers) and learn they take care of these giant ones, with utmost love. You'll have to get involved in daily tasks like cleaning the elephant sheds, prepare food for them, take them out for walks and bathe them! It's gonna be really fun! You'll also get to indulge in learning more about the Sinhalese community, teach the kids at a rural school, try your hands in cooking the local delicacies and more. It'll be a perfect way of cultural immersion in Sri Lanka.
Which one would you be going for? Let us know at [email protected] and you’ll surely help you out in finalizing your trip!