We’ve teamed up with Flypside and Homestay.com to send one College Senior on a 3 month “gap year” trip after graduation. The student will visit at least 6 countries and can build their own itinerary.

While many youth from other parts of the world, like the UK, are very familiar with the “gap year” travel concept and work months to save up the funds to travel around the world between high school and college or college and full-time employment, travel unfortunately does not seem to be as high of a priority for many in the US.

In a recent Skift article, our CEO calls out that we have historically failed to promote travel as an important component of a world-class education in the U.S. An alarming 62% of Americans do not even hold a passport, according to the U.S. Department of State.  

Instead of just talking about it, we decided to do something about it. We have teamed up with two other pioneers in the student travel space: Flypside, a new smartphone application for people in motion that enables users to share their future plans, make friends before arriving and easily find things to do while there and Homestay, an accommodation website that let’s you stay with locals in their home, to send a College Senior on a three month, abbreviated Gap Year trip (“Snap Gap”) where they will be able to formulate their own Gap Year adventure after graduation. 

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Between now and April 22, enter for the chance to win a three month trip after graduation. Want to backpack Europe, do extreme sports in Australia and New Zealand, hike Machu Picchu, walk over the Great Wall of China? You build your trip – we just ask that you visit at least six countries as you go. 

Maybe you regret not studying abroad, you’ve never been abroad, you are a travel addict looking to check more locations off of your bucket list, or maybe you want to take the opportunity to see more of the world  before committing to a 9-5pm? Whatever the reason, we encourage you to enter today. This could be your opportunity of a lifetime. 

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