United Kingdom Travel, Backpacking & Gap Year Guide

United Kingdom Travel, Backpacking & Gap Year Guide

The UK is one of the most popular destinations in the world with culture, history, modern cities and lots of things to do in each country. Whther you live in the UK, or are keen to visit we have some fantastic trips available to book all year round.


UK Travel Ideas, Backpacking Trips & Gap Year Programs

Travel to the UK

Find travel inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to visit, move to or go travelling in the UK.

  • Currency: Pound £ (GBP) 
  • Country Area: 243,610 km2
  • Population: 62,000,000 (approx)
  • Capital: London (population 6,000,000 approx)
  • Language: English, Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, Irish / Ulster-Scots 
  • International Dailing Code +44


Top Reasons to Visit the UK

There are so many reasons why you might want to travel to the UK, here are just some of the highlights:

  • History around every corner
  • So many different cities and places you can visit
  • London is one of the greatest cities in the world with so much to see and do
  • World famous tourist sights like Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, Hyde Park
  • Spectacular countryside and nature especially in North Wales and Scotland
  • International cuisine
  • Vibrant music scene
  • Lots of things to see and do here all year round
  • Amazing transport connections to the rest of Europe


How to Get to the UK

The UK has a large number of airports connected to international airports with thousands of flights arriving everyday. You can also cross into the UK from France via the channel tunnel, Eurostar or via ferry from destinations worldwide. If you are travelling from mainland Europe you can often find special promotions on flights with low cost airlines like EasyJet and Ryan Air. There is also a bus and ferry service connecting the UK to Europe which is usually cheaper than flying. 


Weather & Best Time to Visit the UK

The UK has a variable climate changing from day to day and this country is well know for getting lots of rain. It is difficult to predict the weather. In general, the summers are warm and winters see snowfall. Summers never really reach boiling hot.

Compared to other places in UK, England is sunnier throughout the year. On some occasions there can be strong winds. Also the rains are unpredictable and it could rain at any time during the year. London, Manchester, Birmingham are some of the popular cities. The average temperature in summers is around 25°C to 15°C; in winters it is around 7°C to 0°C.

The climate of Scotland is temperate and can be very unpredictable. Rainfall is not uniform across Scotland, with the western parts getting a lot more rains than the eastern parts. Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen are the major cities. The average temperature in summers is around 19°C to 10°C; in winters it is around 6°C to -1°C.

In Wales, most of the rain tends to fall between October and January. Days in winters are shorter and the region experiences snow. Summers are warmer than other parts of UK. Cardiff, Newport, Swansea are some of the popular cities here. The average temperature in summers is around 23°C to 12°C; in winters it is around 8°C to 1°C.

Northern Ireland
This region has relatively mild winters and cool summers. Northern Ireland is cloudier than England and gets less sunshine comparatively. Belfast, Lisburn, Newry are some of the popular cities here. The average temperature in summers is around 19°C to 10°C; in winters it is around 8°C to 0°C.


Travelling & Backpacking in the UK

Getting Around
If you would like to travel independently there is an extensive bus and rail network connecting the whole country. Buses and services like the Megabus and National Express are one of the cheapest ways to get around and both offer a reliable service to all the major destinations.

Finding somewhere to stay will usually be your biggest expense. Hotels and hostels in the UK are expensive especially during summer so you will need to book in advance to get the best deals. Affordable accommodation can be searched for on comparison websites.

The UK is one of the most expensive destinations in Europe and it really depends on what you want to do as to how much money you will spend. London is the most expensive destination in the country based on accommodation and sightseeing. There are lots of ways to save money when travelling in the UK including avoiding eating and drinking out too much, travelling by bus and also staying at hostels. Buying food at supermarkets will drastically cut your outgoings.  


Gap Year in United Kingdom

Looking for things to do on a gap year in the United Kingdom? Our guide will help you book the ultimate experience. Find gap year jobs, programs and travel opportunities in the UK. Search travel ideas, trips and jobs in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern ireland.  

The UK is one of the top countries in the world to take a gap year and there are options for both Brits and internationals. There are so many opportunities available all year round including working, volunteering, studying or just exploring! If you are British, Australian, a New Zealander, South African, American, Canadian or from another destination worldwide you will be able to find amazing gap year ideas and programs on our website.

Keen just to just travel? You could plan everything yourself independently or book a tour of the UK. Some overland trips include all the major cities and highights. If you would like venture out of the big cities you could escape to stunning North Wales for scenery to match New Zealand or consider going further North to the Scottish Highlands. Both these locations offer lots of activities from hiking, walking, climbing mountains, riding bikes or just going overland to see spectacular places. There are also so many amazing cities and towns to visit.


Best Gap Year Jobs & Programs in the UK

You can find gap year work and travel programs in the UK for Brits and internationals on our directory. If you are from American, Australian, Canadian, a New Zealander, South African or from other locations worldwide you can find work and travel opportunities today. Our featured gap year trips are open to students, graduates and anyone looking to spend time out doing something different.

There are lots of gap year packages in the United Kingdom available to Brits and also international participants. Some companies offer gap year summer jobs which are a great way to make money and enjoy the warmer months. Positions can vary from instructing sports, working at summer camps, leading tours, helping educational trips or teaching English. Usually you will need to be aged 18+ to apply for gap year jobs in the UK.

Gap year boarding school jobs in the UK are very popular, you usually get free accommodation, meals and a salary. This is a great way to save money and these positions are very popular with Australian, New Zealanders and South Africans. Gap year internships in the United Kingdom are popular with international students. The UK is home to thousands of local and well established international companies who hire interns throughout the year. This is a great way to spend your gap year productively whilst gaining hands on experience and boosting your future career. 

Some more options include applying to volunteer in the United Kingdom - there are lots of charities and worthwhile organisations which need assistance. This is a great way to do something benefical and meet kind likeminded people. Although unpaid it is something which will open up new opportunities and allow you to give back.

If you would like to improve your learning then you might want to consider studying in the UK. There are lots of highly rated colleges, universities and schools throughout the country which offer courses during summer and other times of the year. You could take a degree or a flexible part time course. If you are not a native English speaker you might want to book an English language course in the UK

All nationalities can book a tour in the UK as long as you are eligible for a tourist visa. You will usually need to be aged 17+ and you can enquire and make a booking through our website today. For busy times of the year like summer you will need to book well in advance to secure a place.