With the new university year about to start, ABTA (the UK’s largest travel association, representing travel agents and tour operators) have revealed the top 10 gap year destinations for 2015.

This year's list doesn't come with many surprises. New Zealand has pushed Thailand out of the number two spot and Vietnam has jumped into fifth position – but Australia remains the most popular.

Interestingly, the balance between budget-friendly destinations, such as Thailand and India, and more expensive countries like the USA and Canada is quite even. This may be a reflection of the kind the gap years people are looking for. "Although a gap year still represents an opportunity to relax and enjoy themselves, increasing numbers of gappers are looking to gap year specialists to provide them with opportunities to gain work experience", ABTA say.

Other trends they highlight are a move to adventure gap years oriented around trekking, biking and rafting, and the popularity of volunteering trips – from hands-on environmental work to aid panda conservation in China to teaching English in Ecuador.

Here's the full list – click through for our top experiences in each country

1. Australia
2. New Zealand
3. USA
4. Peru
5. Vietnam
6. Thailand
7. Canada
8. Brazil
9. Argentina
10. India

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