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8 Apps You Can't Travel Without!

Our expert travel team have put together an App Bible for you, which is going to save you a s*** load of money, a ridiculous amount of time and tonnes of space in your backpack... You are welcome! 

Collectively, having travelled to over 180 countries, we’re pretty savvy when it comes to booking hostels last minute, re-arranging flights, transferring that extra bit of money (sorry Mum) and it’s all thanks to these easy-to-use apps. So, we’ve rounded up our favourite apps that will help you...

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E4's Gap Year series brings back memories for the RGE team!

We've all been looking forward to E4's new comedy Gap Year here in the Real Gap Experience office and it did not disappoint! For our travel co-ordinator Hannah, last night's programme was particularly relevant and brought back some great memories of her trip to China on our fantastic China Experience a couple of years back! Here’s what she had to say:

I was a little worried that Gap Year was going to paint backpackers and gap years in a bad light but luckily the show got it just right! I mean...

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WIN a #GapYear

Fancy winning a Gap Year of a lifetime to our top 3 destinations - Thailand, Bali & Australia? ... silly question right!?

Here are the EPIC trips up for grabs for 1 lucky winner...

Thailand Island Hopping - Enjoy 15 days visiting some of Thailand's best beaches, snorkelling in the clear waters off the sandy coastline of Koh Tao, party on Koh Phangan, the home of the Full Moon Party and relax on the stunning Railay Beach (dreamy!)

Bali Beaches - Take a boat around the Gili Islands and enjoy a...

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Ready, Jet, Go!

Save up to £100 on flights! Hellooooo adventure!

Book your trip and we'll give you a discount of up to £100 to use on flights through our flights team! Once you've booked your trip, we'll send you a discount code. All you have to do is let our team know about this code when requesting your flight quote and sit back and enjoy the (discounted) ride!

Terms & Conditions:
1. Programmes must be booked within the pomotional period
2. Discount is only valid on flights purchased through our flight team

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Ella in Namibia: Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteers

Ella shares her experience with us during her travels, from the process of deciding what destination to visit, when to visit, to booking the trip and flights through our in house flights team...

In 2014 I was 17 years old and didn't know what I wanted to do with my life but ultimately, didn't want an office job. Not having an office job still leaves a LOT of options but I decided conservation sounded pretty rad.

17 years old, I din't know what conservation was.

What does it mean?

What do people...

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South Africa Will Make You A Better Person - Here's Why...

South Africa is a volunteer destination to write home about... so you better get down to good ol' WHSmith because there’s no way you’re not going to want to visit after reading this!

With 18 South African Trips to choose from, it’s safe to say you’re spoilt for choice, so here are 5 super inspirational trips to get your taste buds tingling, including our BRAND NEW trip ... drum roll please ... Cape Town Aquarium Volunteer!!!

1) Childcare Internship

If you love working with kids and want to give...

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BIG Discounts, Even BIGGER Adventures!

SAVE up to 25% off top trips:

Based on our previous travellers’ fave destinations, we have a whole page on our site dedicated to our 10 Top Trips! This is no doubt down to personal preference, however, if you’re thinking there are just too many to choose from, this will give you a head up on what's hot this year!

Travel Makes You More Attractive

It's true, travel makes you more attractive, sexier and leaves you with an everlasting glow...


Travel gives you stories and stories are sexy. There's something of an early-man-around-the-campfire quality to this behaviour, the expression of a basic human impulse to sit down together and share news from elsewhere.Somehow a trip to Tesco’s at the weekend doesn't score as highly as a victorious bungee jump in New Zealand, or an epic scuba dive in the second largest barrier reef in the...

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10 Reasons Why You Should Take a Gap Year

Whether you’re in 6th form and beginning to think about your personal statement or you’re just generally thinking about what the future holds for you, there are a lot of questions you might be asking yourself. Is uni for me? What should I study? Should I travel first? Where should I travel to? The list is endless right? (there's another question!) But don’t worry, we’ve all been there and we’re here to help you! Here are 10 reasons why taking a gap year is a great idea!

1. You’ll perform...

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6 reasons why working in Australia will be your biggest regret ever!

1. It’s so much fun living and working in the same country day in-day out!

Faced by the same mundane tasks that you pretend excite you or spending what feels like every minute of your day in the library and thinking to yourself; “why would I want to leave all this?” right? We get it... moving to beach paradise for a year, sipping on cocktails overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge, with the biggest decision to make being what you’re going to wear that night - is daunting and probably not worth...

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