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Gap Year in United States

Are you planning to take a gap year and explore the USA while pursuing your passion or doing something beyond your comfort zone? Go Discover Abroad has a bunch of affordable and adventurous tours which will not only enable you to travel on a budget but also expose you to the bigger world and introduce you with people from all across the world. Well, who can deny a walk on the Golden Bridge or trying luck at a casino in Vegas? Explore the Great Lakes on the North and the beaches on the East or West, go for a hike or learn how to surf, opt for photography lessons or just enjoy the road trips! Take a break from your career and set out on an epic trip across the USA and make the most of your gap year.

Gap Year in USA

Planning on taking a year off for backpacking across the United States of America? Well, we have got just the thing for you to experience USA coast to coast, East to West along with some cross-country adventures! How’s that for an amazing gap year experience? From the ‘Big Apple’ New York City in the East Coast to the Gold Coast of San Francisco, from the breathtaking Grand Canyon to the Neon Strip of Las Vegas- a great American road trip such as this is what gap year dreams are made of! Take a shortcut through cowboy training as you pass through Texas or learn about the voodoo culture in New Orleans, or just head to Washington DC and take in the amazing history of this great nation! Hit the streets of these many amazing US cities, and do bring your appetite as you’ll find a smorgasbord of delish treats in every corner that you need to dive into headfirst! Join us for a gap year in the USA like never before!

Tours in the USA

Studying in the US but budget not permitting for a cross-country trip through the amazing backroads? Or are you a traveler simply faced with time-crunch when it comes to exploring all of it? Chuck off these worries off your head and start planning to get the US ticked off your bucket list! Our budget adventure tours in the US are all about phenomenal road trips, amazing adventures, striking natural beauty, finger-licking American dishes and the company of awesome fellow travelers! Journey through the scenic backroads of the country as you drive down the historic Route 66 and explore the heart of the nation. How does that sound for your next backpacking adventure, eh?

General Questions

All travelers will need a valid visa to gain entry into the United States of America. Travelers will need to apply for a nonimmigrant visa online (category B-2) and appear for a Visa interview. Many countries operate under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) which allows citizens of the said countries to stay and travel through the USA for a period of 90 days if they fulfill certain requirements. Refer to this link to check if your country falls under the VWP. Also note, all travelers from Visa Waiver Program countries must obtain an electronic travel authorization prior to their flight from the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) website

Whatever suits you best! It’s completely your choice whether you want to go for a soul-searching solo adventure or some roof-raising time with your bunch of BFFs, or have a romantic getaway with your partner- our programs will accommodate you in any which way. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.

Most of our adventure tours do not have a single supplement. This means that accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis, and if you are traveling alone, you’ll be sharing a room with another one of GDA’s traveler of the same sex. What could be better than bonding with your new travel mates and making amazing new friends along the way of your journey? 

Some tours have optional single supplement for couples and solo travelers and a private room can be availed at an extra cost. The cost and details vary by trip so we suggest you to get in touch with your coordinators regarding the same beforehand. 

If you’re traveling alone you’ll find some awesome travel mates along the way, and if you’re coming in a group, then you’ll get a chance to add a few more crazy adventurers into your gang. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to the USA, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!

You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.

We advise our participants to get in touch with their physicians regarding vaccination requirements and get the ones as instructed. There are no mandatory shots required to travel in the USA but it’s always worth having a Tetanus/ Diptheria shot done if one has not been given in the past 10 years.

You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, eating out while traveling in the USA. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 70-90 USD per week is more than sufficient barring the extra costs of add-on activities. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in the USA, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity. We also advise all our participants to keep an emergency fund of 200 USD only to be used in case of an emergency, if one arises. 

Yes! We always advise our travelers to get some pre-nights and post-nights booking done if they want to explore more upon arrival or continue with their travels after the tour ends. In most cases, we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels, excluding European tours. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.

Most of our adventures, apart from the volunteering programs do not include Airport transfers. We advise our travelers to arrange for a Taxi on Arrival as it is the most economical and efficient way to go about this. If you would prefer a pre-arranged transfer, we can provide the same for you at an additional cost from your point of Arrival. Do get in touch with your coordinators for more information. 

You will be on the move a lot so our advice for you is to pack light. Casual wear is generally the way to go when you’re traveling in the USA.  Layering is the key to comfort in the USA. Summer typically starts in late April and continues till September or even late October. Wear cool layers of camisoles and lightweight dresses in breathable fabrics and cotton clothing in the summer months to be comfortable. Nights might get a bit chilly for some people coming from tropical countries, so it’s better to pack in a light outerwear. Through the winter months (December-March) temperatures dips to single digits and even negative sometimes in certain regions, so thick sweaters and warm pull-overs are a must for winters, along with scarves and mittens even.


GDA has a fantastic range of voluntours, adventure tours, internships, work abroad opportunities and responsible traveling options which will surely add a new meaning to your gap year. Pick whatever suits your interests and book your flight tickets for your dream destination. It's time to tickle your wanderlust cells! Calling out all backpackers, gap year students, solo travelers and adventure seekers - it's time that you take the leap and Go, Discover Abroad!

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