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Backpacking

new-exit-001Fantastic backpacking ideas whether you are travelling for a couple of weeks or several months. WithXtreme Gap Year backpacking trips in over 40 countries, you can search trips by destination or check them out below. Backpacking is a certain style of travelling, it tends to focus on the more budget end, yet still maximising the most fun and adventure out of the trip. Our style of travelling is definitely not your classic backpacker trip. Whilst we do keep our costs low we make sure we use quality accommodation and provide loads of extras turning backpacking trips with us into more of a flash packing experience.

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      Take an epic three week road trip throughout Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. New friends on new adventures along the way, in truly one of the most breathtaking Southeast Asian countries. Fully guided full on bring it on! Insanely good value as well.


      The Koh Tao Divemaster course is an 8 or 12-week experience giving you plenty of opportunity to dive with whale sharks and thousands of tropical fish, like Nemo! Set on a tropical island paradise with white sandy beaches and crystal clear seas, this is the world’s number one spot to do your Divemaster. You will discover one of the most amazing lifestyles and gain a professional level qualification enabling you to work in the scuba diving industry all over the world.


      This trip combines two of our best experiences in Bali; our Bali bootcamp and our awesome 10 day Bali Epic. If you are looking to give your health and fitness a good boost and still have an adventure holiday, then this is the perfect combination for you.


      This is the shorter version of our 4 week Thailand trip Xreme Thailand Experience our top-selling trip! The Thailand entourage is a 3 week trip through Thailand giving you a taste of culture, adventure, and stunning tropical beaches. An amazing itinerary showcasing the best this amazing country has to offer. Perfect for young solo travelers [...]


      You’ll see plenty of sights along the way including traditional Thai temples, a huge golden Buddha, street vendors, markets, beaches, waterfalls, elephants and every ingredient to make it a trip of a lifetime. The Thailand Escapade is an incredible adventure for amazing value! THAILAND ESCAPADE


      The perfect mix of action, adventure, fullmoon parties and new mates in the best paradise Islands. This 4 week trip is a great way to see the many sides of Thailand whilst experiencing the varied nightlife, fun in the sun on some of the worlds best beaches and taking in stunning sites of Thailand. All of this with amazing guides and an epic group of new mates, perfect for solo and first time travellers.


      Working out in the morning, exploring lush green rice paddies and chilling by the amazing beaches of Bali in the afternoon. Eat Sleep Workout Repeat. Getting fit and healthy in a tropical paradise with Xtreme Gap Year is the perfect remedy for everything bad modern life can throw at you!


      Do you want see it all in one of the most exciting countries in the world? Join our guided Thailand group backpacking tour and have an incredible adventure. You choose your activities. An intro week, an adventure week, an action week and a beach week. You will be checking out the buzz in Bangkok with new mates and letting the good times roll.


      Work and travel along the East Coast of Australia! Travel and fun in the sun, exploring, sailing, cruising, off roading, amazing accommodation, fun transport, surf lessons and help to get ready to find a job in Australia... You name it. It is included! If you wish to find your luck In Australia for a while and travel and work in Australia, this is the trip for you. With lots of inclusions to make it super easy for you to have the best time ever!


      This is awesome! Discover 2 amazing Asian countries in an unforgettable 7 weeks. Joining to group trips you will travel the entire length of Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh making new friends and experiencing a mind-blowing country. Then fly to Thailand. A completely cultural immersive experience, hang out with elephants, trekking the jungle experience Bangkok and then soak up the sun on a tropical island during the last week. Amazing value under £1999


      Spend 4 to 8 weeks kite surfing every day in a stunning location. Living right by the sea, spend your days out on the water, perfecting an amazing sport! Beaches, kiting, good food good times!


      An unforgettable 18 day Thailand tour in the land of smiles. All transport, accommodation and activities are included in your epic Thailand trip of a lifetime, so you do not need to worry about anything. Simply get yourself here and we will take care of the rest! This trip takes in all of the major islands that you need to see.


      Stay in volunteer on big five game reserve in the heart of South Africa near Port Elizabeth. Learn all about the wildlife as you volunteer, helping out with lots of different activities. Care for big cats like lions and leopards. Look after elephants and unusually we even have tigers at the sanctuary. This is hands on conservation work, living in the heart of the reserve in five-star accommodation. No days the same, as you make friends and have an incredible Africa gap year.


      Are you ready for your ultimate fitness transformation? Sometimes work and life can get in the way of us achieving our goals, so it’s time to make some time for yourself to focus on your fitness and get an awesome bod at the same time! With our professional trainers and customised exercise plans set in a dream tropical locations, this trip combines 2 weeks at our Thailand Fitness Bootcamp and 2 weeks at our Bali Fitness bootcamp and is truly, a life-changing experience!


      See amazing sights, explore majestic temples, splash around in waterfalls, visit an active volcano, wander through rice fields, enjoy local coffee, discover islands and kick back on beautiful beaches. See wild monkeys, shop the markets, indulge in delicious food, learn to surf, snorkel in the crystal clear sea & dance the night away at the [...]


      If you’re passionate about horse riding, fancy experiencing the real American West, including 3 weeks of riding, wrangling and ranching look no further. You will experience life on a working ranch near the world-renowned Yellowstone National Park. You do not need any prior horse riding experience to enjoy this unique experience, as all abilities are catered for.


      This is not just any elephant programme. The Ethical Elephant project is one of the best out there, and that is why we offer it! This fantastic opportunity will see you working side by side with these majestic creatures, ensuring that they are fed, washed and kept happy the entire time you spend on the project.


      This surf adventure is the same as the 6 Day Island Hopper but with more time on the tropical Island paradise, Nusa Lembongan. Spend one night in bustling Canggu, Bali, two nights in spectacular Kuta, Lombok and four nights on the breathtaking Nusa Lembongan. Spend the extra time on Lembongan to improve your surfing skills, [...]


      You’ll experience amazing surf breaks, super fun nightlife, adventurous road trips, stunning remote locations, classic characters and of course the surfing will be awesome!! Not only that you have swimming Cliff jumping great food and beach parties to look forward to! Surf in Bali, Lombok and Nusa Lembongan  with friendly local surf instructor/guides. This is a [...]


      This trip is epic. Combining arguably two of the greatest backpacking routes in the world. You can immerse yourself in culture and good times in Southeast Asia. Prior to witnessing one of the most beautiful countries and adrenaline packed locations on the planet


      We begin in Bangkok and cover the best bits of Cambodia, with a couple of Thailand’s little gems thrown in! The tour heads South from Bangkok to Rayong, journeying East along the coast of Thailand towards Cambodia via the beautiful Thai island of Koh Chang. On arrival in Cambodia we head to the beaches and parties of Sihanoukville and Koh [...]


      We begin in Bangkok and cover the best bits of Cambodia, with a couple of Thailand’s little gems thrown in! The tour heads South from Bangkok to Rayong, journeying East along the coast of Thailand towards Cambodia via the beautiful Thai island of Koh Chang. On arrival in Cambodia we head to the beaches and parties of Sihanoukville and Koh Rong, then North, stopping along the way in Kampot and Phnom Penh to experience some Khmer culture, history and nightlife. The tour ends in Siem Reap to see one of the highlights of South East Asia – the majestic Angkor Wat. A really good group trip, easy to combine with other trips is Asia!


      Are you looking for a great value fun trip where you meet loads of other travellers? Do you want to experience some amazing adventures like elephant trekking and visiting temples? You will be enchanted by Thai culture and eased into your travels on a great intro week, you can pick fun adventure options in week two, you'll have a cultural exchange experience in week three and finish up with some serious beach time week four. included are all transfers, accommodation , activities and 3 weeks of meals!


      The Surf Instructor Course in Morocco is an exciting way to learn something new, experience a fantastic culture, feel part of a community, and make a difference. Throughout the 12 week course in Taghazout, you will become a fully qualified surf instructor, learn Arabic, teach English in local school, spend some time in a local Berber family and live a stones throw away from the beach in one of the most sociable settings possible! Roof top parties, camp fires, heaps of friends from all over the world. You name it, we got it.


      The Xtreme South Africa experience, taking the best parts of a South African gap year experience and boiling it down into 5 weeks of non-stop group travel, action and adventure. All different weeks at different locations, focusing on different incredible activities. Adrenaline adventures in Cape Town, hands-on conservation and community projects covering the first two weeks. Then an unforgettable adrenaline tour up the coast featuring safaris, bungees and epic scenery before finally finishing on a two-week big 5 conservation project. Fly into Cape Town and out of Port Elizabeth.


      Are you longing to get really fit? If you spend time at the Xtreme Gap fitness bootcamp, set in a tropical Thai jungle paradise, then you really will. Industry leading professional personal trainers will get you in peak condition in no time. After your training take your new six pack for a walk on the beautiful tropical beaches of Phuket. Feel the burn!!


      Adventurous group gap travel at its best in South America. Join us and the rest of the team and travel through South America and eight glorious weeks. Featuring two of the most epic backpacking destinations in the South American continent Ecuador and Peru. Brush up on your Spanish and trek to Machu Picchu before getting involved in the jungle animal sanctuary. All the while you will be immersed in ancient Incan culture. 90% of our travellers travel alone so this is a great way to join a group travel programme in South America.


      Is your dream travelling Australia? Then this is your ultimate road trip. One action packed backpacker trip you will never forget, taking in the very best of Australia. Surfing, skydiving, and diving as you head up the coast in search of good times and incredible adventures. Everything is arrange for you that you need, arrival, transport and awesome activities! It is flexible too, so you can spend up to 6 months completing it as well, and even include some work travel too.


      Imagine crystal clear water and perfect white sandy beaches. Now imagine that rushing towards you at 180 mph. How yes it's Xtreme gap Maya Adrenaline Overload! The Mexican Riviera is the base for a proper adrenaline adventure courtesy of Xtreme gap. From skydiving, para motoring, free diving in the cool fresh waters of underground cave systems. Blast through the jungle on an all-terrain vehicle and kick back and relax at the end of your butt twitching day on some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.


      Surf Instructor Course Australia Experience summer beach parties, make new heaps of new friends from all over the world, relax and enjoy the sun, sea and sand while learning how to become a surf instructor. The programme takes place about a two hour drive from Byron Bay. Here you find the secluded beaches and the surf camp where you will eat, breathe and live surf! You will develop your surfing abilities, train your ability to teach others and then we qualify you to work in the industry.


      The Xtreme Mexico Fitness Holiday. Get fit, tanned and healthy on the Caribbean. Located next to the beach of the famous Playa del Carmen you are welcome to join 5 days a week. Included unlimited training, accommodation, close to the beach in the famous 5th avenue area. That´s not all. Technique classes, yoga, visits to Mayan temples, Mexican nights and SUP are also included. Plus amazing activities to explore. Monthly start dates. Standard trip time is 3 weeks, but you can add on as many weeks as you like. The longer you stay, the fitter you get!


      The Mexico divemaster Internship has it all. Clear aqua marine seas, exciting marine (and night) life and action packed days learning to dive and moving towards your professional level dive accreditations. A great location for Whalesharks between May and September - but great anytime of year.


      Discover the Mayan Riviera on Xtreme ´s Awesome Mexico Experience. 3 Weeks incredible adventures in a group. The first week you settle in and learn Spanish and more about the history of the Mayans. The second week the perfect mix of partying and cultural discovery. Finally in the third week you go Xtreme with an amazing adrenaline option plus adventure day!


      You may be wondering why Oktoberfest is held in such high regard by your previously well travelled friends. "What's the big deal?" You say, "it's just old fat drunk men singing unintelligible songs on tables and hugging each other." Sounds like your best nightmare, or your worst high school sleepover, right? To you I contend that it is both, and much more, and also not quite that.


      Imagine spending your summer in the exhilarating city of Barcelona, embracing all aspects of life in sunny Spain, from the sexy language and the blissful siestas to the mouth-watering food and amazing wine. It´s safe to say that life in Barcelona is pretty sweet. So don´t envy them, join them!


      Learn Spanish in Havana The UNESCO world Heritage site and capital city of Cuba. Complete cultural immersion brings you To the heart of this thriving country as you practice of salsa moves and learn the lingo whilst falling in love with this charming and heart wrenching country.


      Join us for a wicked party weekend in Barcelona. Beaches, sun and city tripping. Discounted club entry, cooking classes in the Gothic quarter or beer tasting. Wicked walking tour through this stunning city, great accommodation by the beach, breakfast and dinner sorted!


      A once-in-a-lifetime experience, giving you the opportunity to walk alongside of some of Africa's most majestic creatures. With a one or two-week wildlife conservation programme set in in a big five game reserve. Then hit the road and explore some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, mixed with adrenaline on a one-week garden route, finishing in Cape Town. Awesome group travel with like-minded adventurers it's time to hit South Africa!


      Time to party your pants off with the best of them at some of Europe's top festivals and have an epic summer that you will probably forget. The Xtreme passport is your ticket to an incredible European summer choose from up to 21 festivals (more will be added soon) and let us know one week prior to arrival that you wish to attend and your space will be reserved.


      Ouzo. It ´s a bastard. Perhaps the only drink that crystallises in your stomach, so the next day when you go to hydrate you get pissed again. That pretty much sums up the week ahead of you on the Xtreme Greek islands party experience. Well it's not all plate smashing and drinking we throw in some extreme Quad safaris, boat trips and stay at a beautiful (if a little pink) resort as well. Should just about match your tan by the time you leave. A weeks pretty much all-inclusive less than £400? Bargain.


      Xtreme hits Cuba! Learn Spanish and gain amazing salsa moves with our Xtreme Cuba experience. Offering one of the only gap year opportunities to spend real-time in Cuba, on cultural exchange projects, learning Spanish and checking out this incredible country. Far more than just a holiday get under the skin of this beautiful country and have an unrivalled opportunity to soak up history in the making.


      Come climb up the hill with Xtreme and throw gallons of cheap wine over perfectly innocent strangers. San Vino, as we call it, La Batalla del Vino de Haro, as the locals call it, is a full on war path in the middle of the vineyard and we own it. All's fair in love and wine battles.


      Step off the plane and into paradise, living on an incredible tropical island and getting paid for it! This once in a lifetime opportunity is not to be missed. Become an underwater videographer on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand, spending your days filming colourful and tropical scenes underwater, and your afternoons editing your footage into awesome movies! This is living!


      Complete Peru and Bolivia Travel Pass Experience Peru and Bolivia with all the wondrous adventure travel that comes with these two epic backpacker destinations. In Peru go condor spotting in the Colca Canyon, see thousands of seabirds off the Ballestas Islands and as a contrast travel through the lush agricultural region of Sacred Valley. Trek the Inca Trail on an optional excursion. Then onto Bolivia, for Lake Titicaca and the unreal salt flats at Salar de Uyuni.


      The Ultimate USA road trip! Traverse the USA from New York to Los Angeles. Travelling in a small group of independent travellers your will experience fast paced East, the slow moving South and the laid back West with exciting adrenaline activities on the way. Las Vegas, New York, LA, New Orleans, the Grand Canyon and so much more...


      Get off the beaten path and visit Laos! Let us take you off the beaten path on our backpacker trip in Laos. Starting in Bangkok Thailand, you can head through one of the most rewarding countries in South East Asia, and experience the joys of tubing, waterfalls and mind boggling scenery and beer Lao!


      Xtreme Gap Year Spanish and surf course is a great way to spend time here in Conil, mixing up the cultural learing with some outdoor activities! Stay in a traditional Andalusian village, with some amazing beaches and great Atlantic surf conditions. Due to your award-winning language lessons in the morning you will even be able to party with the locals and show off your newfound surf skills!


      Benicassim Festival is like Glastonbury without the mud. If you missed the mud don't worry you can make up for it with golden sands pure Mediterranean sunshine and some of the best live acts and lineups out of all summer festivals in Europe. When we do Benicassim Festival we go Xtreme! That means big groups of guys and girls up for a party. You have been warned. Fly into Barcelona on a cheap flight and make July awesome.


      Tropical beaches? Island paradises? Amazing adventure? Welcome to the trip of a lifetime; the ultimate bucket list journey through Thailand! If you love beaches, nature, adventure and a healthy dose of partying, then this is the trip for you! Amazing value, and perfect for first-time or solo travellers, you will instantly make a bunch of new friends in your travel group who will share amazing travel experiences with you.


      The ideal way to start your backpacking adventure in Thailand! Travel as a group from Bangkok to Koh Phangan in 8 days. We will take care of everything for you including accommodation, activities and transport, plus your group leader will be on hand all week to ensure you have an awesome and trouble free trip. See the best of this amazing country and meet new friends whilst enjoying the experience of a lifetime! The best value for money backpacker tour in Thailand - everything only £499!


      Doing the surf development course is an amazing experience. You will spend a couple of months developing your surf skills on some great Australia breaks. Everybody at the camp is so enthusiastic that you will have a good time and enjoy the surfers life style. Our professional surf instructors help you to push your surf abilities and you will become a real surf dude. Together with beach parties, BBQ's, sun and your new friends, this will be an awesome experience!


      Cape Town is the most exciting and Xtreme city in Africa. Home to the worlds highest abseil - Table Mountain, the best place in the world to go shark cage diving and a mighty fine drop zone over the cape of good hope, it sure gives New Zealand Queenstown a run for its money. 5 nights 100% Adrenaline.


      If you like the sound of die for beaches, superb nightlife and some incredible adventure activities with a cool group of travellers then the Koh Tao adventure is the trip for you. Each week has a new adventure. All you have to do is decide which activities to pick and how long you want to go for.


      Whitsundays sailing course Australia Want to get paid to do a job you love? Sailing on luxury yachts over the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays in Australia? This is the ultimate Australia gap year programme training you to qualify as a salty sea dog, and work on boats all over the world. After this 23 day internship you have exceptionally good chances of being paid up to $500 a week too!


      Do you want to try the ultimate in personal fitness training? Muay Thai training Thailand gets you closer to the culture and action. Set on a gorgeous tropical island paradise. You will train hard in a stunning jungle gym up a sandy track minutes from the beach. But will you be ready to step in the ring? Now there is an exclusive Xtreme Gap Year CrossFit bolt on available for only £100 per month for unlimited daily training sessions


      Head round the world from West to East taking in the sites and sounds of South East Asia ´s Thailand and Laos, before heading to Australia and New Zealand for some serious action! Finish up in the USA completing an awesome road trip from LA to New York before flying home.


      We have put together freedive courses according to the AIDA certification requirements with a professional freedive instructor. Besides the course we will take you diving in amazing underwater caves, beautiful lagoons, sea wrecks and you can choose a special dive, depending on the season: whale sharks, bull sharks (only 3 star), lion fish hunt, scuba dive, Maya ruins or sail fish run. We focus on giving you the best preparation to feel comfortable going freediving, plus we will give you lots of extra information about the area, where once the great Mayan civilization bloomed. You will end up on the bottom of the sea posing on the prow of a ship wreck for our photographer, with nothing but the air in your lungs! We have put together an amazing package unique in this world for you!!


      Superbly comprehensive  South American backpacking itinerary starting in Quito Ecuador. From the equator to the Amazon jungle, taking on the Inca Trail and lost cities of the Incas you travel through Peru. Then onto Bolivia! Salt flats and cycling the death road (optional) before heading through the Atacama dessert, along the Pacific Ocean Road to Santiago [...]


      Discover Cambodia with its exceptionally interesting history, hidden temples and stunning beaches. This is a group guided backpacking tour, with all transport included. Flexible hop on hop off so you can spend as long as you like discovering this amazing country. Start in Cambodia, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, or in Bangkok up to you.


      Sri Lanka Experience A group travel experience like no other. A sun drenched, palm fringed tropical island with turquoise seas. There are lots of action packed weeks to choose from, plus a worthwhile and important turtle conservation project and a chilled beach week at the end! Explore Sri Lanka, its beautiful nature and friendly people while getting a real taste of local life in the tropics.


      Cairns Adrenaline Overload! Six days of pure adventure. In the adventure capital of Australia, we will take you white water rafting on the Tully, go deep into the ancient Daintree Rainforest to check out huge crocodiles, head out onto the Barrier Reef to snorkel in a pristine underwater environment. Optional bolt on sky dive is also available! We will put you up in a great hostel in Cairns too!


      Train as a professional Divemaster in one of East Africa's most beautiful beach front settings, with the Indian Ocean providing the backdrop for an incredible couple of months living the life diving with manta rays, humpback whales and whale sharks everyday! Tofo, has one of the highest populations with juvenile whale sharks in the world.


      Africa Overland tour: The Big One Discover Africa 55 days. Explore the best of Africa during this amazing over truck adventure. You will visit up to 9 African countries full of nature, culture, wildlife, wilderness, adventure and excitement. It will be the experience of your life no doubt about that!


      A fun arrival pack in Peru with a difference, you get to hang out with our English-speaking surfer dude guides and see Perus capital city through the eyes of the local. Normal run-of-the-mill city tours this is not, this is about discovering the exciting underbelly of Lima and definitely not following the usual tourist trail. Choose two out of four day trips, take a surflessons and enjoy a friendly warm welcome with a homestay on your first night, with airport pickup included.


      Dubai is the land of Xtremes. The world's highest building, the world's largest shopping more and even an indoor ski slope in the desert. On this awesome stopover program you can rip through the Arabian desert powering 1600 cc Dune buggy and sampling the best that Dubai has to offer. This is perfect if you are travelling and Emirates where you can take advantage of a free stopover en route to Asia or perhaps on the way home.


      Become a Divemaster in Byron Bay! Living the life as a Divemaster in Australia in one of the coolest towns in Australia, Byron Bay! Diving everyday at Julian rocks, one of the best dive sites in Australia. You will be living in the thick of the action as you discover why Byron Bay is one of the most fun towns in Australia.


      Playa del Carmen in Mexico is an enchanting place and a popular beach town located on the Mayan Riviera, with beautiful white beaches and a thrilling night life. You will learn Spanish every morning at an award winning language school, located 10 minute walk from the beach, in cool open air palapas instead of a boring bright lighted class room. It is an intensive course that will have you ordering tacos and getting into the Mexican swing in days! Besides going to classes you are free to enjoy the laid back beach life or go explore Mayan ruins, go diving, visit one of the beautiful under water caves (cenotes) and enjoy the Mexican hospitality.


      Superb South America backpacking itinerary starting in Lima. Taking on the Inca Trail, Peru, Bolivia before heading north to Ecuador. All transport and plenty of activities included on this flexible adventure. Epic scenery, culture and adventure on one of the worlds most sort after backpacker routes.


      Travel and experience a new culture in one of the most rewarding ways possible by volunteering at our community projects in Cape Town. This isn't your typical gap year volunteer project. By joining this program, one of the cheapest volunteering projects you will find out there from £224 per week! You can make a valuable contribution to the Xtreme / Save foundation. We do not charge you for volunteering you are only covering your costs and a donation to the foundation.


      The perfect bolt on to any Hop on hop off pass. The mother of all adrenaline adventures. The Xtreme Gap New Zealand Adrenaline Tour. You will have the time of your life travelling through the country jumping off high things, out of flying things and doing dare devil adventures that will make you go weak at the knees. You can relax in the knowledge that because it is pre booked, you will get to do all the things you set out to do, before drinking your budget away at the bar.


      Cycle the infamous death road, explore the worlds highest city La Paz and check out the surreal, mirror like salt flats of Salar de Uyuni by jeep. Check out geysers, hot pools and vast desert landscapes. Bolivia is the Xtreme Teams favourite country in South America, you do not want to miss out. The time to visit is now because the vast majority of the world's lithium reserves have been discovered under the lakes. They won't be there for long.


      During the Divemaster course in Honduras you will be living on the Caribbean island Roatan. A tropical paradise with a very chilled culture, white sandy beaches and the best diving in the Caribbean with over 50 meter visibility. Experience the freedom and happiness of the Caribbean and enjoy the island life and the amazing diving of Roatan!


      Visit cloud forests, coastal mountains, mangroves and beaches. Help protect the Amazon rainforests with reforestation projects and interact with the local Indian communities. It is all about getting back to nature with exposure to a huge range of Flora, reptiles, birds and mammals on four different diverse nature reserves. If you want the ultimate biological conservation project and want to spend your gap year giving plenty back to mother nature then this trip is for you!


      Buenos Aires to Rio Travel Pass All you need to travel between two of South America's most exciting cities: Buenos Aires in Argentina and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and covering a lot of exciting locations between. It's a fair distance, and if you speak little Spanish or Portuguese it takes a lot of the hassle out of finding your way on this ultra-popular South America backpacking route.


      New Zealand Adrenaline Tour Do you want to do something amazing when you travel? You can. Experience the mother of all adrenaline adventures. The Xtreme Gap New Zealand Adrenaline Tour. You will have the time of your life travelling through the country jumping off high things, out of flying things and doing daredevil adventures that will make you go weak at the knees. You can relax in the knowledge that because it is pre-booked, you will get to do all the things you set out to do, before drinking your budget away at the bar.


      Epic New Zealand 24 Days The ultimate guided tour of the most beautiful and action packed country in the world. The Epic New Zealand tour takes in both islands with a small group of like minded travellers. For travellers who demand more than just a bus pass, you will be taken by Kiwi guides to off the beaten track places searching every incredible corner of the country. There are plenty of included activities and some insane adrenaline packs you can bolt on too.


      Amplified 16 Day New Zealand Tour Amplified 16 Day New Zealand Tour. Short on time but big on adventure then this is for you. Both islands in 16 days in a small adventure group. Fully guided to get you to some of the best locations in this stunning country.


      Ecuador to Peru Travel Pass All you need to travel between two of South America's most popular counties, Travel from Quito in Ecuador to Lima in Peru stopping off at lots of exciting places on the way. Why not extend this trip by adding on one or more of our other exciting South America programmes. Choose from Spanish and Surf in Ecuador, Trek the Inca Trail or one of the other choices and make your gap year experience one to remember.


      Learn to kitesurf in an epic kitesurfing location: Cape Town! Where two oceans meet with Table Mountain as the backdrop, you can get your IKO certificate and ignite a brand new Xtreme sports passion. This three day course (spread out over five days to allow for wind conditions) culminates in an IKO accreditation, meaning you can kitesurf all over the world.


      Ultimate Fighter, MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training in Rio Living in Rio De Janeiro and training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the ultimate martial arts experience. Rio is famous for delivering the best instruction delivered by world class athletes. The training can be tough, eye opening and seriously rewarding with some incredible down time on some of the worlds best beaches.


      Complete your Divemaster training in Costa Rica, in a paradise setting on the Pacific coast. Days spent diving beautiful sites and evenings chilling out listening to sounds of the jungle surrounded by rainforests filled with monkeys and exotic birds. The local underwater environment is just as stunning, with mind blowing volcanic formations and a multitude of tropical fish.


      Spanish and Sun 2 Week Crash Course Spain Learn Spanish and soak up the best weather in Europe. Taking in 3 major Spanish cities with optional Xtreme adventures on the way - you will learn Spanish for 20 hours per week, take part in Spains biggest festival, and indulge in Spanish culture from Flamenco to Tapas.


      Stray trips travel further and see more and with smaller group sizes are of a higher quality. Essentially you will do more and see more on a Stray trip, you will meet less people, but in a country famous for wide open spaces you don´t really want other people crowding your view. What we love about Stray Backpacker bus passes is that they include so many extras. It is all about the little things, the out of the way off the beaten path adventures, and of course the people you are with. You can pick your pass with us to travel New Zealand and add it to the adrenaline tour as well.


      Get ready for the ultimate bucket list! There's no shortage of adrenaline on this amazing trip. Surfing, abseiling, bungeejumping, shark cage diving, skydiving, crocodiles, elephants and even ostrich riding! Set in Cape Town, by the beach it's the perfect mix for the plenty of action.


      14 Day Oz East Coast Adventure Starting in Sydney or Cairns you travel the East Coast of Australia in the company of fellow adventurers on an tour to remember. With lots of mini adventures on the way like Fraser island and the Whitsundays there is plenty of action on this epic road trip. Perfect if you are pushed for time and want to "do" the east coast in a few weeks.


      Africa adventure does not come better than this! Safari in the worlds greatest game park the Kruger, then swim with the worlds biggest fish the mighty Whaleshark! Five days and unforgettable adventures in one of the continents best wildlife locations South Africas Kruger National Park then a week in the best place in the world to see whale sharks, diving and exploring the coral reefs in the warm blue waters of the Indian ocean. Then you will also discover Swaziland, with its tribal culture on a proper cultural exchange. Get ready for an Africa adventure!


      Get ready to hit Ecuador with a vengeance. White water raft along a thundering river in the Andes, explore the Avenue of the Volcanoes on horse back and get a dose of culture in the historic Quito. Action, adventure and an impressive start to any South American trip. Seven days of adrenaline!


      Our Learn Spanish Programme takes you to South America and the vibrant city of Buenos Aires. This is not the kind of holiday where you return to a lonely bedroom after class and a solitary meal in the hotel dining room. Xtreme Gap students benefit from cultural integration by either living with a local family or sharing student accommodation. Work hard and play hard is a good rule, but don’t miss your class the next day!


      Climb Kilimanjaro Rongai or Marangu Route Tanzania Climb Kilimanjaro the worlds highest free standing mountain. Kilimanjaro: Rising 5895 metres above the African plains. To climb Kilimanjaro offers the would be mountain climber the chance to summit a giant, and have an unforgettable experience in the process.


      The Whale Shark Marine Conservation Project in Mozambique is the ultimate marine conservation project. Swimming with Whale Sharks (Mozambique is one of the best places in the world to see them) you will be involved in data collection, reef monitoring, and humpbacked whale research. Volunteers will also be involved in turtle nest data collection, as well as getting the chance to live an breathe one of Africa's best gap year diving and backpacking destinations.


      Mastering advanced Freediving techniques will enable you to dive down 20 metres on a single breath of air in just 2 days! You can train at our worldclass Freediving school, set on a cool tropical island in Thailand. We will teach you the correct techniques, the physiology and science enabling you to do advance freediving. Either complete an eye opening beginner or advanced course, or participate in a full blown freediving master or even instructor programme!


      Xtreme Gap offers courses designed to supply the South Africa safari Industry with high caliber professional Field Guides. But these courses are not only available to people wishing to enter the industry as field guides, but for anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of the African Bush. So whether you have chosen a professional career linked to wildlife or nature or just finished school and are on a gap year, or if you have possibly taken a career break or are a regular traveller to the bush, this course is for you. Including work experience as a real guide!


      Learn to dive in Koh Tao on your gap year! Getting your PADI qualifications in Thailand is one of the must do activities when you go backpacking in Asia or as part of a round the world trip. Koh Tao is famous for diving, low prices and great experiences, and maybe even meet the Whale shark, the biggest and most amazing fish in the sea! Come join us and have a great time on Koh Tao.


      Horse Riding and Conservation Mozambique Imagine untouched white sandy beaches, cliff top views overlooking the ever changing turquoise sea and a genuinely unique and exciting African experience. Experience an ever present spirit of adventure on horse back as you look after a herd of Horses and enjoy some of the best beach riding in the world. So if you are looking to develop your riding skills, discover the culture of Mozambique and make a difference in Africa helping our horses, please join! This is indeed a unique experience for horse riding enthusiasts.


      Great White Shark Conservation Project This programme offers the unique opportunity for volunteers to engage in the important research and conservation of great white sharks in Cape Town, South Africa. If you are adventurous and love the outdoor lifestyle then this is the perfect programme for you to have the most incredible once in a lifetime experience, as you get up close and personal with these infamous creatures!


      Xtreme Surf Trio, Cape Town For all water sports junkies out there.......Join the Surf, Kitesurf and Stand Up Paddling (SUP) trip. Three fantastic sports combined in a three week trip to Cape Town with a cool surf house as your base giving you all the luxury and chill time you need. No experience? No problem, train with our professionals from all over the world giving you all the support you need!


      What a cool city. If you want to get under the skin of Cape Town a little then this 5 day Intro is for you. Staying at our 4* backpackers, you can explore the city on a group, do some cool Xtreme activities, check out Table Mountain, Cape Point, see the penguins and experience the sublime Cape Town nightlife. A great option prior to starting in Africa overland truck tour.


      Trek the Inca Trail Trekking the Inca Trail is the ultimate backpacking rite of passage. An unreal journey that takes you 4 days to complete, trekking high up in the Andes in search of the lost city of Machu Picchu. Not for the faint hearted, this trail leads you through steep mountain passes, with dramatic scenery culminating in a magnificent view of the Incan Citadel, through the infamous Sun Gate.


      Join a group like minded of volunteers on the biggest wildlife conservation project in the world. This spectacular Namibian wildlife project can use your help. Based in raw African natural setting you will take care of lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, caracals and (baby) baboons. You will make a difference and help to save the wild animals of Africa!


      This is the perfect pass if you want to travel through Peru seeing some of the major highlights of South America, including stopping off in Cuzco, the Gateway to the Inca Trail. The pass then ends in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia and the world's highest city. Plenty of inclusions like the Colca Canyon, for condor spotting, the Ballestas Islands and the Sacred Valley. High Andean peaks, ruined Incan citadels and a well trodden backpacker trail. South America at its best.


      Have you always dreamed of immersing yourself in a foreign exotic culture, and learning all about the history, language, religion, traditions and people? Would you like to do all of this in one of the most fascinating, spiritual and breath-taking lands on earth, home to the epic Himalayas and the worlds largest mountains. An exciting 4 week journey with just the right mix of discover, adventure adrenaline and cultural experience.


      This amazing trip takes in the best that South Africa has to offer. From adventures in the Namibian desert, to the deltas in Botswana, the incredible Victoria Falls and not forgetting the cool Mountain Kingdom of Swaziland, before hitting the beaches in Mozambique and that heading through the Kruger National Park via the panorama Route ending in Johannesburg.


      Strap yourself in for an epic adventure! Taking in the best of Southern and Eastern Africa in 41 days. A myriad of wonders await you from South Africa to the deserts and deltas of Namibia and Botswana, meeting tribes, see natural wonders like Victoria falls and lake Malawi. Beach time on Zanzibar and the best game parks Africa has to offer. Pure Xtreme adventure!


      Starting a Cape Town this amazing 32 day tour covers some of the best sights and activities in Africa. Covering six countries and unforgettable features like the Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls and Lake Malawi, it will ensure that your African vacation is an epic adventure of a lifetime. The best option if you do not have the time of budget for the 56 day ultimate tour or want to end up on Zanzibar beaches (not included).


      Get up close to elephants in a sanctuary where they freely roam. Wash them, prepare their food, bathe and swim with them! The project takes place in a sanctuary where old, sick, disabled, previously abused or illegally-owned elephants now call a home. Here, we work for the elephants, not the other way around. This means there will be no elephant riding in the program. However, you will get the chance to experience and bond with these gentle giants.


      Explore the pristine wilderness of British Columbia and Alberta... Camp in the high Rockies, soak in hot springs, hike across an ice glacier and canoe on a crystal clear mountain lake. The Mountie will take you into the heart of Canada's wilderness - the perfect outdoor adventure!


      Learn to Dive on the Great Barrier Reef, becoming a scuba diver in one of the worlds top diving locations. You dive pristine reefs, stay on a state of the art multi million pound Liveaboard vessel, and you have your own Scuba instructor to help you get your PADI Open Water dive certification in this 6 day adventure you will never forget.


      The ultimate conservation experience in the worlds most diverse and naturally rich islands. The Galapagos. Spend up to a month here volunteering on a research project. This program offers a broad and balanced introduction to the forestry conservation projects currently underway on the Galapagos, and will put volunteers right in the thick of it, with hands-on responsibilities, at a central location on San Cristobal.


      Do you want to live the Aussie Dream? Beaches, waves and great new mates, this is what it is all about dude. Beach parties, incredible breaks and learning to surf on some of Australias most untouched beaches. We will take you from Sydney to Byron Bay on an unforgettable 5 day surfari, all you have to do is look good on a board and enjoy Aussie BBQs and hospitality.


      All you need to get set up to work in New Zealand. Perfect to extend you travels and find paid work abroad in this beautiful country. This 8 day arrival pack and job search assistance programme offers you all advise you need from our Kiwi experts. Now you don ´t need a fortune to travel the world, instead you can make a fortune earning the strong Kiwi dollar.


      The Kiwi Auckland Arrival Package includes all the basics for your first few days in New Zealand - accommodation at a top backpackers in Auckland, arrival airport transfer and a half day city tour to introduce you to this fantastic city! Not only will you love the hostel, located just steps from all of Auckland most famous sights, you'll get extra benefits such as a free rooftop sauna, and spa on our sun-deck.


      Unbeatable experiences of the American Southwest - from mountains, deserts and incredible canyons to rich and famous resort towns, casinos, movie sets and more. Experience an incredible adventure, filled with an endless array of day and night time activities.


      Los Angeles and San Diego, to the Colorado River and Mojave Desert. Hitting plenty of national parks and staring in awe at the Grand Canyon, before heading to Las Vegas to try your luck in Sin city. With the Sierra Nevada and Yosemite National Park crammed into this action packed two-week itinerary, you can experience the best of the West of the USA


      Taking your IDC or Dive Instructor Course is a life changing step. Gone are the days of commuting, offices and general dis-satisfaction of everyday life in a modern world. Enter a life of living in the worlds most amazing beach resorts, a genuinely rewarding job and qualifications you can use to earn a living anywhere in the world. Hello complete freedom.


      This is the SSI DIVEMASTER Equivalent: Gain your SSI Open Water through to Dive Control Specialist. Starting from the beginning and working up to a dive professional! Located in the gorgeous Gili islands, it is a little more expensive than doing your divemaster in Thailand, but the diving is much better and the experience is more refined. The Gilis are a piece of paradise on earth and you will love doing your dive training here.


      Free diving is the name suggest is all about freedom under water. It's amazing what you can achieve when you push yourself (and when you have the proper instruction) makes this in with a beautiful tropical island deep clear blue seas and superb free diving instruction from some of the world's top free dive instructors and you're onto a winner.


      Malapascua in the Philippines is the only place in the world where you can see the Thresher Shark on a regular basis. Although this shark is harmless to humans.This is pretty cool in itself, but then throw in Manta Rays, Hammerhead Sharks and really good macro diving and you have some great reasons to take your Divemaster in the Philippines. The other reason is that you will be living on a tropical island with warm waters, white beaches and lovely people!


      An enlightening 3 weeks in Bali all inclusive, learn about the culture of this fascinating island and discover why Bali is famous for being such a beautiful islands, with friendly people and loads of inclusions, this might just be the highlight of your Asia trip


      Indonesia's Bali, is a tropical paradise island, created from an active volcano and the perfect setting for some Xtreme adventures. The perfect mix of cultural experiences, set over four different themed weeks, you will experience adventure, the unique culture of Bali and world-class surfing.


      Discover why Morocco is fast becoming this season's hottest surf destination. A cool eclectic blend of culture and world-class waves make the Xtreme gap surf camp in Morocco the ideal bolthole to spend a week learning to surf with the best of them. Plenty to do in an out of the water you can become a surf dude Berbere style. One in two weeks surf trips whether you want to learn from scratch or you are a seasoned surfer.


      The Thailand Fullmoon party, one of the all-time top 10 must dos before you die. Awesome 13 day adventure around Thailand full guided with a group of fellow mentalists. The full moon party in Thailand is amazing. It's probably going to be the biggest and most fun night of your life. With extremes full moon party experience, You can join our groups and hit the full moon party in style. Don't worry about coming alone, most people do. You will meet loads of people, and experience the best party on earth in a safe group environment.


      Experience the Australian outback and get paid to work up to 12 months on a real Australian Ranch! This 2 week trips gives you the unique opportunity to experience a new way of life in the Australian Outback! Including fun activities like riding horses, motor bikes, quad bikes, 4 x 4 and tractors. So if you are not afraid to get your hands dirty, sign up and start earning down under.


      An exception 11 day guide tour through Myanmar (Burma). Become a Backpacking Trailblazer and discover this exciting undeveloped country. This trip is best booked in groups of two or more to benefit from shared accommodation discounts.


      This is the ultimate beginning to an epic adventure in Australia. The Sydney conneXion is all about having an amazing first week, meeting new friends and doing some incredible adventures fully guided in one of the coolest cities in the world. Whilst you're out having fun we take care of all the hassle enabling you to get set up with a job with a 12 month membership access of the best backpacker job network in Australia. Everything is taken care for you so no worries about arriving in Australia this can turn into one of the most daunting yet exciting things you will ever do!


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Further help with backpacking.

Are you looking to go backpacking? Xtreme Gap can help with the right arrival and hostal packages, group backpack trips and other cool activities to arrange before you go so that everything is taken care off when you arrive.

XTREME GAP YEAR TOP BACKPACKING DESTINATIONS

Australia is a great backpacking destination with a well trodden backpacker route up the East Coast, possibilities to work on an Australian working holiday Visa and may even speaking to show there (kind of) making it an easy and fun place to travel. Whilst it is good fun with lots of activities and really cool trips there, it’s not the most cultured destination you can extend your travels by working there. And of course New Zealand is just a short flight away as well. Often people combine in Australia trip with a trip backpacking in Southeast Asia. Check out the ultimate Australia for a good idea to go backpacking in Australia.

Southeast Asia is also a great backpacking destination, it’s cheap, with lots of varied countries within easy travel distance of each other and needless to say there is plenty of cultural experiences to be had.

Bangkok in Thailand is the most popular backpacking destination in the world, and we have some great arrival packages, modular guided group tours encompassing Thailand, Laos, Cambodiaand Vietnam. If you’re worried about travelling alone then one of the best ways to start your travels is on the Xtreme Thailand experience, this really takes in everything you want to see and experience on a backpacker trip to Thailand, from cultural exchanges, trekking, elephant encounters to action adventure on gorgeous beaches of Koh Tao check out the video for more.

South America is a really popular backpacking destination, it’s a continent with huge diversity and epic landscapes, and no one can call themselves a backpacker unless they have at least attempted the Inca Trail once in their lives.

We have some great options if you want to go backpacking in South America, from language courses combining surfing in the Pacific, to arrival packs in Lima with our own resident surf dude, to hop on hop off travel passes, adrenaline overload in Quito (I bet you didn’t know that Ecuador’s capital has some of the most exciting adrenaline sports in the world).

If you want to climb a mountain was backpacking, head to the Andes. Explore the Amazon, partaking wildlife conservation in the Galapagos it’s all available for you in South America.

If you want to go backpacking in South America we recommend the appropriately named backpacking in South America program, you can see the trip line below.

Some say the Kiwis invented backpacking, were not sure if that is true but they are rather good at it. New Zealand is an exceptionally beautiful country to explore, so we have a wide range of hop on hop off travel passes, adrenaline activities (Queenstown is the world’s best place to do this) and group tours so you get to know the best places in the country.
Backpacking in Europe maybe not the most popular destination for most of our European and English travellers but there’s plenty on offer. With festivals like the Tomatino on the last Wednesday of August, Octoberfest (which is rarely in October) and call locations in Spain and Portugal there is plenty to do.

Individual or group backpacking we help you take care off it all

You can choose from several destinations to go backpacking. Some amazing group gap backpack trips go to Vietnam, Venezuela, China, and Thailand. More independent backpacking programs go to Peru, Bolivia, Australia and New Zealand. The great think is that we arrange it for you. This ensures that you do all the cool things, so no searching for it. Below you will find all the programs.

 

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