Sat, 20 Jan 2018

Gap Year IDEAS

To have a look at some great ideas for what to do with your gap year, see IDEAS

FIND a Placement!

Placement Type

Time of Life

Gap Year SHOP

Search for gap year suppliers of flights, insurance, accommodation and much more...

Gap Year TALKS

For an impartial gap year talk at a school, college or an exhibition, see TALKS

Gap Year Services from

About Us 

Background was founded in June 2005 to provide an independent source of impartial advice and information for people of all ages looking to take a gap – a week, a month, a year. It’s a site for young people after leaving school, for undergraduates and those who have just graduated, for those looking for a career break and for those with time in retirement. Families will also find the site of value. 

What makes different?

We provide a unique, independent information and advisory service across the gap year industry, for:

Individuals - pointing you in the right direction

Careers advisers - providing one source of independent advice

Schools/colleges - impartial talks supported by returned 'gappers'

Gap year companies - promoting you through talks, exhibitions, exposure on the website, in articles written or researched for the media

The media - articles written or drafted, research undertaken, contacts given, stories and photographs obtained.  


Director: Phil Murray, who has a life-long interest in the value of ‘taking-time-out’. Career experience includes:

  • Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in Sri Lanka
  • Head of the Defence School of Languages
  • Deputy Director of GAP Activity Projects
  • The first Secretary of the Year Out Group, an association of gap year providers
  • Now an independent gap year adviser  

12 Hutchings Rd
Bucks HP9 2BB
Mobile: 07973 548316
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Gap supports and/or is in association with

Year Out Group Inter Health Beta Outbound Travel Futurewise Fair