The British Government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office have teamed up with Lonely Planet to produce a gap year planning tool on Google Maps. Whilst gap years have traditionally been taken in the year between school and university or between university and full-time work they are also becoming popular for people taking mid-career breaks. Whatever the reason for undertaking a gap year this new Google Map mash-up will prove an invaluable aid for planning the journey.
When planning a year's round the world travel one of the most important things you will want to consider is the best times to visit countries. One of the best features of the GoGapYear map is it allows you to refine your search by month of the year. So, for example, it is possible to discover that July is a good time to visit Greenland (the beginning of spring), South Africa's Jeffrey Bay (good surf) or Igls (summer bob-sleighing).
The map also comes with a whole host of other features from Lonely Planet. There are photographs, podcasts and, as you would expect, Lonely Planet reviews of tens of thousands of destinations around the world. Now where did I put my back-pack?