Best gap year/travelling companies?

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hey, was wondering what are some legitimate good companies you've used during your gap year/travels?
(more specifically looking to go to New Zealand or maybe the USA)
thx
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Hi Elena!

There are lots of travel tours out there that offer different experiences, so it depends on what you're looking for in a trip.
Are there certain activities and experiences that you're looking for specifically?
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Hi Elena!

There are lots of travel tours out there that offer different experiences, so it depends on what you're looking for in a trip.
Are there certain activities and experiences that you're looking for specifically?
well i'd like to volunteer with a conservation project and was looking at one in New Zealand which is offered by both Bunac and Real Gap Experience. I was also looking at 2+ weeks tours of NZ with Real Gap Experience and Gap 360. I also vaguely looked at contiki's tours. Do you know how reputable/legit these companies are?

Also if you know of any conservation programs in the USA - i'd also be interested in that

i should probaly mention by budget is max £3000 if going to NZ (as flight is about £1000..)

thx
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well i'd like to volunteer with a conservation project and was looking at one in New Zealand which is offered by both Bunac and Real Gap Experience. I was also looking at 2+ weeks tours of NZ with Real Gap Experience and Gap 360. I also vaguely looked at contiki's tours. Do you know how reputable/legit these companies are?

Also if you know of any conservation programs in the USA - i'd also be interested in that

i should probaly mention by budget is max £3000 if going to NZ (as flight is about £1000..)

thx
Hi Elena,

If you're looking at individual companies some of the features to look for are feedback/reviews from past customers, how long the operation has been running for, and how transparent they are about the partners they work with.

Topdeck has great Gap Year programs and adventure tours of New Zealand, but these are not volunteer projects.

The UK Government has some information on keeping safe on Gap Years abroad, here.

http://www.goodnet.org/articles/397

https://www.volunteerforever.com/art...tions-projects

Personally, I volunteered with ISV, mentioned above, when I was a student and had a very positive experience.

I hope this helps!

Happy travels,

Mariah
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You lot are so spoon-fed.

In my day, we just set off, and without the Internet or mobile phones. I really do question the current value of gap years, with programmes, tours and hand-holding specialist gap year companies.

There used to something special, of the pioneering spirit, of dealing with the unknown, in setting off from LHR with a backpack. And it was that level of genuinely having to deal independently with unforeseen circumstances, that taught valuable lifeskills. Nowadays, you just phone up customer services or an insurance line to whinge.
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If going to New Zealand don't use companies like Bunac, I used them for a working holiday for a year.

Review: pointless waste of money
The only decent thing was the group flight to meet people but that was way over priced for what it actually was.

Book your own flight and if you are only there for a few weeks book a travelers bus if you want to see the "best" bits.

The buses I recommend include: Stray, Kiwi experience, haka tours.
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(Original post by elenaxxx)
well i'd like to volunteer with a conservation project and was looking at one in New Zealand which is offered by both Bunac and Real Gap Experience. I was also looking at 2+ weeks tours of NZ with Real Gap Experience and Gap 360. I also vaguely looked at contiki's tours. Do you know how reputable/legit these companies are?

Also if you know of any conservation programs in the USA - i'd also be interested in that

i should probaly mention by budget is max £3000 if going to NZ (as flight is about £1000..)

thx
Bit of a long shot as the thread is so old - did you go with RealGap in the end?
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hey, was wondering what are some legitimate good companies you've used during your gap year/travels?
(more specifically looking to go to New Zealand or maybe the USA)
thx
I wouldn't go with any, when I looked around last year they were all complete rip offs. I found it much easier and cheaper planning my own trips!
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There are so many companies but I guess it depends where you want to go/do. Maybe use a directory website like Gap Year World where you can view recommended companies, reviews etc.
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Hi Elena. I can recommend you the Topdeck as a tour operator. I traveled with them on Greek Island and paid around 1 500 $.
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I visited New Zealand before Covid had started. I enjoyed every single moment in this country. I didn't travel by myself because it's hard for me to plan my vacation. So I had to find out who is gonna win between Topdeck Vs Contiki. I don't know if you guys have ever traveled with these two companies, but there are distinct differences. Whatever you may choose, they can offer you an unforgettable vacation, if you like active traveling. I like, and I like, more to interact with locals. So, I chose the Contiki.
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