Before You Go

Advice & Information | Safety Courses | Travel Insurance | Travel Gear
Training Loans |
Career Planning | When You Get Back

Advice & Information

If you are planning to travel in your Gap Year we recommend spending a few minutes getting further info on travel essentials before you go to guarantee that your trip is safe as well as fun!

Travellers Connected
Travellers Connected is a free interactive site for travellers, featuring essential info as well as a backpacker and travel community for unbiased travel advice.
Go Gap Year
This public information site presents useful tips on subjects like health, safety, money, what to take and emergency contacts.
FCO Travel Advice -
Know before you go
Official Foreign & Commonwealth Office Travel Advice notices for over 200 countries based on the most accurate and up-to-date information available. These notices are designed to help British travellers to make informed decisions about travelling abroad.
International Student Identity Card

An ISIC or IYTC card is a great way for students and young people to save money on flights, ferries, buses and train tickets across the world, as well as on top museums, attractions and hostels. Get useful advice on all aspects of travel including satefy and accommodation tips.

Safety Courses  

Planning to travel alone in remote regions? These training providers offer courses designed to help you prepare for your trip and be aware of the kind of risks that you can encounter so that you can maintain your own personal safety and security. Some courses even teach you personal first aid and basic survival techniques. Click below to view further information on the wide range of courses available.

Objective Gap Safety
One-day courses held weekly in Central London and occasionally at other UK-wide locations. More info..

Training Loans  

If you are planning to do a training course during your gap year you may be eligible for funding via a Career Development Loan. A CDL is a deferred repayment bank loan to help you pay for vocational learning or education. The Department for Education and Skills pays the interest on your loan while you are learning and for up to one month afterwards. You can get more info from the National CDL enquiry line: 0800 585 505 or visit the DfES web site at

Career Planning 

How does a Gap year fit in with your other education and learning-related choices? This government information site outlines the wide range of career choices available as well as funding opportunties for further study before or after a gap year. Click here for more info on Career Choices.

When You Get Back  

Click below for useful links whatever your plans...

Going to University...?
Looking for a job...?