Exciting and Unusual Locations For Your Gap Year Travelers

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

The world really is your oyster when you take a gap year. Most people aren't weighed down by the responsibility of a mortgage or kids so they can go where they please. For a successful gap, you are going to want to visit some novel and exciting locations. If you are planning your gap year, or even on out right now, check out the recommendations below that will make your trip more interesting.


Cambodia is an interesting place to visit for a few reasons. First of all, anyone coming from the West will experience different styles of language, food and social customs. Secondly, it is a country that hasn't always had the most stable of pasts, so it is full of opportunities to learn about history. 

A place steeped in ancient history in Cambodia is Angkor Wat. This is a collection of temples that were built during the 12th century. It is a huge tourist trap, and be aware that the hot and humid weather can make seeing the entire complex in one go difficult.

There is also Royal Palace, Phnom Penh to visit while you are in Cambodia. This was built during the 19th century and is a huge maze of buildings and royal accommodations. It is also still home to the present, elected King Norodom Sihamoni to this day.

Another place that can't be missed when visiting this area is the Killing Fields. As their name suggests, these are the sights of some of Cambodia's darkest history. This resulted from the Khmer Rouge take over and their attempted genocide of anyone linked to the old regime; as well as anyone not native to the country or those having an education. It's not an easy trip, but worthwhile so that the atrocities there that happened in the 1970s are never forgotten


Iceland is another unusual location for a gap year, but it can be a rewarding one. There are many things to experience in this small and sparsely populated country. Not least is the amazing wilderness that is covered in snow, come winter time. It's relatively easy to get out on a snowmobile and explore the wilderness with a trained guide. Look out for native animals such as Reindeer and Arctic Fox. 

Of course, another huge pull of Iceland is that it’s one of these rare places on Earth that you can catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis. The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights is a visual phenomena that produce dancing rainbow lights in the sky. You can choose to view them from a hot tub at your resort, or be more adventurous and head out on a husky led an expedition to get a better view.

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Uganda is certainly an exciting location for any gap year traveler. There are loads to do, and there are also some great opportunities to help people in need by getting involved in social projects. 

*Photo from Pixabay

Check out the capital city Kampala. Or go on safari to see hippos and elephants. Or if you need your adrenaline fix, visit Jinja for some bungee jumping and whitewater rafting action. 

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