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Top 10 best cities for taking a gap year in

Which destinations will you choose for gap year?

Tokyo is one of the best cities for taking a gap year in. (Photo: Gettyimages)
Tokyo is one of the best cities for taking a gap year in. (Photo: Gettyimages)

Whether you’re working or schooling, there are many reasons why you should take a gap year, a break from your formal education or career. The top reasons include exploration and self-discovery, travel and cultural immersion, volunteering and community service, and health and well-being.

Research by Compare the Market AU has revealed the best destinations around the globe to visit on a gap year, considering factors such as the safety rating, how cheap it is to live there (measured in US dollars), the volunteering projects available, the attractions available, and the unemployment rate.

If you’re considering where to go for your gap year, check out these top 10 cities and some activities you can enjoy.

10. Bangkok, Thailand (2.99/5)

Bangkok has the lowest unemployment rate of 1.42 and a relatively low average daily expenditure of US$25.90.

SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World Ticket

From S$37.29 (was S$41.45)

SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

Safari World Bangkok Ticket

From S$28.49 (was S$38.05)

Safari World Bangkok Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
Safari World Bangkok Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

9. Prague, Czech Republic (3.02/5)

Prague is one of the safest cities with a score of 1.379 and a relatively low unemployment rate of 2.89.

Romantic Prague Day Tour from Vienna

From S$186.95

Romantic Prague Day Tour from Vienna. (Photo: Klook SG)
Romantic Prague Day Tour from Vienna. (Photo: Klook SG)

Prague Beer Tour - 10 types of Czech beer and beer snacks

From S$144.89

Prague Beer Tour - 10 types of Czech beer and beer snacks. (Photo: Klook SG)
Prague Beer Tour - 10 types of Czech beer and beer snacks. (Photo: Klook SG)

8. Paris, France (3.04/5)

Paris offers a decent number of volunteering projects and attractions—24 and 8,735 to be exact.

Disneyland Paris Theme Park Tickets

From S$81.15

Disneyland Paris Theme Park Tickets. (Photo: Klook SG)
Disneyland Paris Theme Park Tickets. (Photo: Klook SG)

Paris Museum Pass

From S$94.15

Paris Museum Pass. (Photo: Klook SG)
Paris Museum Pass. (Photo: Klook SG)

7. Rome, Italy (3.04/5)

Rome is relatively safe (1.662) and has 21 volunteering projects and 6,277 attractions.

Rome Colosseum Ticket with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill access

From S$128.95

Rome Colosseum Ticket with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill access. (Photo: Klook SG)
Rome Colosseum Ticket with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill access. (Photo: Klook SG)

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Ticket in Rome

From S$55.09

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Ticket in Rome. (Photo: Klook SG)
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Ticket in Rome. (Photo: Klook SG)

6. Beijing, China (3.15/5)

Beijing is considerably cheap to live in (US$45.99 per day) with 29 volunteering projects available.

Universal Beijing Resort Ticket

From S$64.10

Universal Beijing Resort Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
Universal Beijing Resort Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

Beijing Wildlife Park Admission Ticket

From S$15.85 (was S$16.79)

Beijing Wildlife Park Admission Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
Beijing Wildlife Park Admission Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

Find out what else you can do in Beijing.

5. Kathmandu, Nepal (3.15/5)

Kathmandu has the lowest average daily expenditure of US$22.20 and offers 24 volunteering projects.

Everest Mountain Flight

From S$208.65 (was S$218.25)

Everest Mountain Flight. (Photo: Klook SG)
Everest Mountain Flight. (Photo: Klook SG)

Namo Buddha Half Day Tour

From S$107.79 (was S$177.35)

Namo Buddha Half Day Tour. (Photo: Klook SG)
Namo Buddha Half Day Tour. (Photo: Klook SG)

4. London, United Kingdom (3.19/5)

London is relatively safe (1.693) and has one of the highest number of attractions at 8,930.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter

From S$172.55

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter. (Photo: Klook SG)
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter. (Photo: Klook SG)

Stonehenge Tickets and Tours options from London

From S$39.15

Stonehenge Tickets and Tours options from London. (Photo: Klook SG)
Stonehenge Tickets and Tours options from London. (Photo: Klook SG)

3. Shanghai, China (3.2/5)

Shanghai has a relatively low average daily expenditure of US$38.47 and offers as many as 30 volunteering projects.

Shanghai Disneyland Admission Ticket

From S$72.25 (was S$77.39)

Shanghai Disneyland Admission Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
Shanghai Disneyland Admission Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

Shanghai Happy Valley

From S$31.55 (was S$33.59)

Shanghai Happy Valley. (Photo: Klook SG)
Shanghai Happy Valley. (Photo: Klook SG)

Find out what else you can do in Shanghai.

2. Sydney, Australia (3.42/5)

Sydney tops in its number of volunteering projects (34) and is also relatively safe (1.525).

Taronga Zoo Entry Ticket

From S$44.39

Taronga Zoo Entry Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
Taronga Zoo Entry Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

Blue Mountains Scenic World Ticket or Bus Tour

From S$46.99

Blue Mountains Scenic World Ticket or Bus Tour. (Photo: Klook SG)
Blue Mountains Scenic World Ticket or Bus Tour. (Photo: Klook SG)

1. Tokyo, Japan (3.85/5)

Tokyo takes the crown thanks to its whopping 13,437 attractions, in addition to being the safest city (1.336). It also has one of the lowest unemployment rates (2.8).

Tokyo Disney Resort Park Ticket

From S$76.95

Tokyo Disney Resort Park Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
Tokyo Disney Resort Park Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

SHIBUYA SKY Ticket

From S$20.19

SHIBUYA SKY Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
SHIBUYA SKY Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

Find out what else you can do in Tokyo.

Top 10 best cities for taking a gap year in. (Photo: Compare the Market AU)
Top 10 best cities for taking a gap year in. (Photo: Compare the Market AU)

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