The Ultimate Gap Year Trip… for just $104,000

While Intrepid Travel announces a year-long adventure, we found some shorter options for those who can’t afford the time or the price tag of the ultimate gap year trip.

Who hasn’t imagined taking a gap year to travel the world? For those who have the dream, and also have about $104,000 (US$75,000) to spare, Intrepid Travel has created the dream trip.

The adventure covers everything from the ancient temples of Angkor, the expansive Great Wall of China and the marble masterpiece that is the Taj Mahal, to the African savannah, jungles of Central and South America, and even the snowy expanse of Antarctica. Travellers will get around using everything from train, plane and bus to rickshaws, camels, and zodiacs and stay in bush camps, riads, jungle lodges and chalets.

Where does it go?

Starting in Asia, the tour visits Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Nepal and India...

Before heading to Africa and the Middle East to explore Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Morocco...

Where you jump across to Alaska in the United States before working your way down through Canada, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama...

To continue on down into South America to see Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina...

The adventure finishes off with an expedition to Antarctica

While it does seem like an incredible journey, with such a high price point and a limit of 22 passengers on the trip (which currently only has one departure available, 3 February 2016), it’s not exactly a journey that’s attainable by everyone.

That’s where we come in. We’ve found a selection of alternate tours that cover parts of the Intrepid dream trip. Each section is also less than four weeks, which nicely fits into most Australians' annual leave allotment.

Which part of the world would you like to discover?

Southeast Asia

14-Day Jakarta to Ubud

Intrepid Travel


Where does it go?

Jakarta, Pangandaran, Yogyakarta, Seloliman Nature Reserve, Mt Bromo, Kalibaru, Balian Beach, Ubud

26-Day Mother Indochina

Geckos Adventures


Where does it go?

Bangkok, Siem Reap, Kompong Cham, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Ho Chi Minh, Mekong Delta, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay

20-Day Jewels of Indochina

Peregrine Adventures


Where does it go?

Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Halong Bay

Northern and Central Asia

12-Day Essential China

Geckos Adventures


Where does it go?

Beijing, Xi'an, Yangshuo, Shanghai

22-Day Essence of India & Nepal



Where does it go?

Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Kathmandu, Pokhara, Bandipur, Chitwan National Park, Bhaktapur

20-Day India on a Shoestring

G Adventures

Where does it go?

Delhi, Bikaner, Raisar, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, Tordi Sagar, Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi


14-Day Road to Zanzibar

Intrepid Travel


Where does it go?

Nairobi, Arusha, Mto Wa Mbu, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Marangu, Usambara Mountains, Dar es Salaam

22-Day Delta, Dunes & Falls Northbound

Peregrine Adventures


Where does it go?

Cape Town, Clan William, Orange River, Fish River Canyon, Sesriem, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Winhoek, Central Kalahari, Okavango Delta, Maun, Makgadikgadi Pans, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls

24-Day Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls

Geckos Adventures


Where does it go?

Nairobi, Mto Wa Mbu, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Marangu, Chipata, Zanzibar, Dar Es Salaam, Iringa, Lake Malawi, South Luangwa, Lusaka, Harare, Masvingo, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls

Northern Africa and the Middle East

16-Day Highlights of Morocco

Peregrine Adventures


Where does it go?

Casablanca, Meknes, Fes, Midelt, Sahara Desert, M'goun, Ait Benhaddou, Marrakech, Essaouira

16-Day Egypt & Jordan Highlights

Geckos Adventures

Where does it go?

Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Amman, Aqaba, Petra

22-Day Jordan & Egypt Uncovered

Intrepid Travel


Where does it go?

Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Red Sea Beach Camp, Dahab, Cairo, Aswan, Nile Felucca, Luxor, Alexandria, Siwa Oasis, Bawiti

North America

12-Day Western Explorer

Peregrine Adventures


Where does it go?

San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Death Valley, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas

15-Day National Parks of the Canadian Rockies

G Adventures

Where does it go?

Vancouver, Victoria, Tofino, Whistler, Wells Gray Park, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, Calgary

12-Day Alaskan Adventure

Intrepid Travel


Where does it go?

Denali National Park, Alaska Range, Wrangell-St Elias National Park, Valdez, Kenai Fjords National Park, Kachemak Bay Wilderness Camp, Anchorage

Central America

17-Day Across Central America

Geckos Adventures


Where does it go?

Antigua, Copan, Suchitoto, El Tunco, El Cuco, Granada, Ometepe Island, Monteverde, La Fortuna, San Jose

23-Day Ancient Civilisations

Peregrine Adventures


Where does it go?

Mexico City, Teotihuacan, Puebla, Oaxaca, Monte Alban, Tehuantepec, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Palenque, Campeche, Merida, Chichen Itza, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Caye Caulker, San Ignacio, Tikal, Flores, Antigua

15-Day Classic Costa Rica

Intrepid Travel


Where does it go?

San Jose, Tortuguero National Park, Sarapiqui, Santa Rosa de Pocosol, La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano, Monteverde, Quepos, San Jose

South America

20-Day Discover Bolivia & Argentina

Intrepid Travel


Where does it go?

La Paz, Sucre, Potosi, Uyuni Town, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivian Altiplano, San Pedro de Atacama, Salta, Mendoza, Buenos Aires

21-Day Essence of South America

Peregrine Adventures


Where does it go?

Lima, Puerto Moldonado, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Puno, La Paz, Santiago, Mendoza, Buenos Aires

21-Day Handy Andes

Geckos Adventures


Where does it go?

Lima, Paracas, Nazca, Arequipa, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Cuzco, Puno, La Paz


14-Day Crossing the Circle (Ocean Diamond)

Peregrine Adventures


Where does it go?

Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctic Circle

21-Day Spirit of Shackleton

G Adventures

Where does it go?

Ushuaia, Beagle Channel, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, Drake Passage

11-Day Antarctic Explorer from Ushuaia

Intrepid Travel


Where does it go?

Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Antarctic Passage

If you’re really set on taking this exact journey but don’t have the time, you still can. Like many Intrepid trips, it’s a collection of shorter trips matched up to create one epic adventure.

The 365-day trip is made up of the following Intrepid trips:

  • Cambodia Adventure
  • Best of Vietnam
  • Java & Bali Explorer
  • Beijing to Delhi
  • Road to Jordan
  • Kenya to Cape Town
  • Best of Morocco
  • Anchorage to Mexico City
  • Mexico City to Panama City
  • Amazing South America
  • Crossing the Circle

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