A gap year in the United Kingdom is one of the most popular choices for people all over the world, and for good reason. While only a small country, it has played a prominent part in world affairs for centuries – including owning the largest empire the world has ever seen – and is home to an abundance of culture, history and other great gap year opportunities. A gap year in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales certainly won’t disappoint – just asks the millions of tourists heading there every single year.
Most gap year travellers choose to make their ways towards London, and everything you’ve heard about this grand capital city is true. As one of the most diverse and cool cities on the planet, you’ll feel at home in this metropolis as soon as you arrive. From museums through to internationally recognised landmarks, there’s enough in this one city to keep you occupied for your whole gap year in the United Kingdom. Sticking to London though would be a big, big mistake, as there’s so much more to see…
There’s the beauty of the Lake District; the music scenes of Manchester and Liverpool; and the majestic Canterbury Cathedral. In Wales, you’ll see the beautiful scenery of Snowdonia, while Northern Ireland is home to the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Heading north into Scotland, you’ll find more awe-inspiring scenery, plus some of the world’s most vibrant cities, in the forms of Glasgow and Edinburgh (home of the famous Edinburgh Festival), as well as options to visit some of the remote Scottish islands.
Working in the United Kingdom
Many people also come on a gap year in the UK in order to work, and the jobs are plentiful for those needing to top up their finances. Around the country bar jobs are plentiful, plus a Youth Mobility Visa places no restrictions on the industries that can be worked in. There’s even better news: these visas are reasonably easy to get if you are from certain countries and are aged between 18 and 30. So, from Belfast to London, the United Kingdom welcomes those looking to work from all over the world!
When you are finished travelling in the UK, you will have some of the best served airports in the world to fly from. This means everywhere is easy to get to. Many choose to fly over the Atlantic and head to North America, while flights to South America are also easy to find. Those looking to stay in Europe can get a low cost flight to almost any country, or use the options of the Channel Tunnel or a ferry to head over to France. Don’t plan on leaving too soon though, as the UK has enough to keep you amused for years!