Work With The Grown-Up Gap Year

What makes me a Grown-Up Gap Year expert?

So, why should you work with The Grown-Up Gap Year? The short answer is, I’ve been there and done it! Taking a gap year is no longer just for college and university graduates. Every year thousands of people make the decision to take a career break or a sabbatical to go travelling.

In 2011, at the age of 29, I set off on my 30b430 trip, which I dubbed my “grown-up” gap year. I travelled solo through nine countries and had an amazing time. I also discovered that travelling when you’re a bit older brings with it so many benefits.

When I returned home so many people asked me how I had done my trip that I decided to set up this blog. Its main aim is to help to answer some of the practical questions about planning a career break or sabbatical.

However, I also understand that not everyone is in a position to quit their job or take a sabbatical, so I am also passionate about promoting microadventures and weekend breaks.

Nowadays I often travel with my husband Mr A and our toddler, the little adventurer. We love staying in quirky places and are always seeking out unusual stays in both the UK and around the world.

Media Interviews

I have been interviewed as a Grown-Up Gap Year expert for National Geographic, The Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Woman and Home, The Guardian and Sky News.

Press trips

I have worked with Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser IslandTusa Dive in Cairns and Tourism Tropical North Queensland.

As a journalist I have been on press trips to Kerala with Mahindra Homestays and Cyprus with Visit Cyprus.

I was also selected as an International Reporting Project fellow and travelled to Zambia to report on global health issues, including HIV, TB and malaria.

Travel articles and blog posts

Sunday Times Travel Magazine – How hard is it to climb Mount Fuji

Wanderlust Magazine – Blog of the Week and runner-up in its ‘Somewhere I Shouldn’t Have Been’ writing competition.

Travel Dudes – Taking Your Spending Money into Myanmar/Burma


I am the founder of the monthly #travelbookclub chat on Twitter. I have worked with publishers including HarperCollins, Summerdale, Arcadia and Headline.

If you are a travel author or publisher interested in working with #travelbookclub, please contact me on the email address below.


I have worked with brands including Blacks, Millets, Lonely Planet and The Gap Year Travel Store.

I have also been a brand ambassador for Karina Dresses, which is based in New York.

Want to work with The Grown-Up Gap Year?

If you would like to work with The Grown-Up Gap Year, there are a number of ways you can do so. These include:

  • Reviews
  • Press Trips
  • Brand Ambassadorship
  • Adverts
  • Sponsorship
  • Competitions
  • Giveaways

If you have any questions or you would like to discuss a way we could work together, please send me an email at emilyann[dot]elliott[at] or tweet me @grownupgapyear

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