Frequently Asked Questions
We know that travellers have a lot of questions they need answering before they begin their travelling adventures!
We have put together a list of our most common frequently asked questions and we hope that the information provided below will answer most of your travel queries.
A. Deciding whether to take a suitcase or a backpack on your travels is a personal choice. The most popular choice is to take a backpack, as they are made of canvas and fit more easily into lockers or small spaces while travelling. If you do decide to take a suitcase, we recommend using a soft canvas one, not a hard suitcase.
A. You might be surprised, but more people travel on their own than travel with friends. However, all of our trips are suitable whether you want to travel alone or team up with your mates. On some of our most popular trips we provide access to a 'buddy list' before you travel, so you can contact other travellers in your group. We also have Facebook groups where you can connect to other travellers. If you do travel alone, don't worry - our trips are designed to make it easy for you to meet other people and make friends while you are abroad.
A. We recommend that when you travel you take some cash in the local currency of the country you are travelling to, or take cash in GB Pounds or US Dollars. Most countries have ATMs available so you can withdraw cash. You should let your bank know where you will be travelling to so they allow you to withdraw money abroad, and you should also check how much your bank charges for you to do this. Another great way of taking spending money is to use a prepaid overseas card. We do not recommend you take travellers' cheques.
A. Talk to your bank about the best deals they can offer you when it comes to taking debit or credit cards abroad, as deals vary. We recommend taking a prepaid cash card with you, and there are several of these on the market. A prepaid overseas card works by allowing you to buy an amount of foreign currency and using it as and when you need it, like a pay-as-you-go mobile phone. At Gap 360 we offer the Caxton FX prepaid cash card.
A. How much spending money you will need will depend on a variety of factors; where you are going, for how long, what activities you want to do and whether or not you are planning to do paid work while you are away. If you would like specific advice about how much spending money to take on any of our individual programmes, speak to one of our friendly travel advisors.
A. You should check with your phone provider before you travel. Make sure your phone is unlocked before you go if you want to use it with a local SIM card while you are abroad. Many travellers choose to buy a cheap pay-as-you-go phone abroad and use this while travelling.
A. We recommend booking your flights as soon as you have received your final booking confirmation from Gap 360 (but not before). The earlier you book your flights the better, as you will have more choice and get cheaper deals. Our partner flights team, Flights 360, can give you flight advice or help you find the best deals. Give them a call on 01892 543943 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A. We offer two great payment plans: 1) Book with a £199 deposit and pay the rest of your balance 12 weeks before you go (although you can make payments before this point if you wish) or 2) Book with a £49 deposit and pay the rest of your balance in equal monthly instalments, with the last payment due one month before you travel. Please note that some of our programmes require a larger deposit; please see our Terms & Conditions for details.
A. Yes, we offer a payment plan for most of our trips which means that you can book with a £49 deposit and then pay the rest of your balance off in equal monthly instalments (the last payment will be due one month before you travel).