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New Zealand - South Island!

After the adventure of the North Island, it was time to explore the beauty of the South Island! For The Lord of the Rings fans, this is where you'll find all the mountain ranges and the forests and lakes and things :-)
 
Our first stop was Kaiteriteri, where we decided to take it easy and do a little sunbathing whilst the others went kayaking, the same for our next stop Westport! Then it was on to Franz Josef where the fun and adventure kicked up a notch! Franz Josef is home to a massive...
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#experienceit - RG's Laura is off to Sydney

We’re all serious travelholics here in the Real Gap office. Last week RG’s Hannah got back from touring around Sri Lanka, Alex had been sunning it up in Cape Verde, Nicky was city breaking in the glamorous New York and on Monday Rob landed back in the UK from Cape Town. Trust us, it’s hard to keep track of where we’re all off to!

 

Since last May I’ve been counting down my massive trip to Australia. It’s always felt like a bit of a dream and frankly, a bit out of my league (how do I get that...

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#experienceit - our Top 5 Adventure Kicks

Looking to do something completely out of your comfort zone this year? (Yep, us too!). Life can get a little dry without a bit of adventure, and travelling is all about packing those incredible experiences under your belt and ‘really’ seeing the world!

Adventure, we smelt you a mile off! Check out these wicked adventures that we think YOU should try this year…

Climb the Great Wall of China: Marked as one of the seven New Wonders of the world, the Great Wall of a China is a massive must for any...

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Aussie Au Pairing

Looking for a bit of a shake up on the Aussie job scene? Once you've tried your hand at some casual work during your year abroad (theme parks, offices, outdoorsy jobs - it's all up for grabs!) it can be cool to try something a little different out, like au pairing. Check out Becky's guide to au pairing below...

For my last six weeks in Sydney I worked as an au pair and loved every second of it! If you like kids and have some experience working with them then this might be the job for you...

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New Zealand Antics - North Island

So, with Becky still working as an Au Pair in Sydney, and my contract at Luna Park coming to an end, I decided to take a quick trip to the paradise that is New Zealand, and if you're in Australia, or thinking about going, then do it! It's definitely one of the highlights of my trip so far. Even though, I think that about almost everywhere I've been so far!

I booked a Kiwi Experience bus pass,called Fush'n'chups which took me from Aukland, to the very tip top of the North Island to Cape...
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What Makes Team RG Happy?

Here at Team RG we're one happy bunch, and to celebrate International Happiness Day we thought we'd dig deep and see what's made some of our fabulous team happy, travel highlight styley!

 

Lisa, Sales and Customer Operations Manager: Stumbling across a wedding in Cambodia where the whole street had been blocked off for the celebrations. We stuck are heads in and next minute we were being twirled round the dance floor and plied with beer by the friendly wedding guests. At the end of the evening...

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Kids in Ghana

When RG's Head of Marketing Will headed to Ghana to visit our projects, he had a fantastic time! It's official: the kid's in Ghana are the nicest, ever!

After tough negotiating with BA staff to get an upgrade on my seat (extra leg room only before you get ahead of yourself) I found my seat only to be confronted by a Ghanaian lady holding a tiny child! Penance for being difficult I here you say - very possibly, very possibly.

However, 6.5 hours later I now have a new best friend in Accra and a...

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Travelling- A Mum's Perspective

So, Mel and Becky set off on the trip of a lifetime in September. Not able to wait for a year before seeing Mel again, we - Mel's Mum and Dad, decided to have a trip of a lifetime of our own and see Mel in Australia.
 
Mel had a full itinerary for us and we had 10 days of fabulous sightseeing. To all those parents who like us aged rapidly when told the news their offspring are off to travel the world, be assured Australia is THE place to be. Sydney is a warm (not just the weather) and...
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My Experience: South Africa Big 5 Wildlife and Community

Here at Real Gap we love seeing your travel dreams come true, and last year Real Gapper Joel won a competition on Facebook that'd send him to South Africa to our Big 5 project! Check out how he got on with this daily diary...

Day 1 - Hiya everyone! On day 1 we arrived in Port Elizabeth, where I met two girls who had been on same flight as me - and we were dropped off at the lodge (we saw Zebra and Springbok on the way in!). Unfortunately some other travellers were leaving as their time was up...
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Surprise family reunion

So it's been a very eventful few weeks for me here in Sydney. As you know Melissa had her parents and sister come visit (see previous blog) and I was expecting my sister to visit too. I was really excited to see her and I was planning things we were going to do. A few days before she arrived my dad skyped me and told me he was right here in Sydney! I thought he was joking. I can't believe he kept it quiet but I'm glad he did because it was an amazing surprise. 
 
I met up with my dad at his...
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