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Top Grade Escapes

If the last few months of your life have been dominated by post-it notes, text books, and highlighters, chances are you’re now breathing a sigh of relief as you wave goodbye to revision notes and draughty gym halls for another year. So, exams done and dusted, you can look forward to a bit of chill out in the sunshine – hurrah! But wait, where is the sunshine? Oh well, you might get a few good days over the next couple of weeks – better make some indoor plans just in case though.

OR…

You could...

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Backpacking v Glampacking

While we’re all unique in our own way, whether you’re a surfer that craves a bit of culture in your downtime or a bookworm with a penchant for paragliding, when it comes to travel there really are only two camps that any of us fall into: backpacker or glampacker. You’d be forgiven for thinking the only distinguishable difference between these two breeds boils down to the practicality of the luggage they bring with them on their holidays, but you’d be wrong. Although with common interests:...

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Why your next trip should be to Costa Rica!

You know that feeling of ultimate life affirmation, with the sun beating down on your skin, soft warm sand beneath your toes, and a world so colourful and serene that nothing else in the universe compares to this unique and exquisite moment in time? If your answer is no, then you probably haven’t been to Costa Rica before.

The most biologically intense place on Earth, according to National Geographic, Costa Rica is home to some of the most spectacular vistas and incredible species in the...

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Top twelve in two!

Fancy a holiday? Us too! But we know what you’re thinking – you’ve only got a couple of weeks’ annual leave left at work, your bank balance has seen better days, and your mates have all made other plans – looks like another trip to Benidorm then...

Stop! You deserve better than that. Just because you can’t put your life on hold for six months, or don’t have the budget to jet off around the world for a year, it doesn’t mean to say you can’t travel further than the ‘Costa del all inclusive’ –...

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Sisters are doin’ it for themselves!

We chat to a lot of people about their plans and ideas for travel to all sorts of exotic and exciting locations, and, shamelessly blowing our own trumpet (but only a little bit), we’ve helped thousands of people realise and go on their dream travels all over the world. The initial planning phase is a great opportunity for you to ask us any questions (which you should do by the way), but there are some that crop up more often than others, in particular: “Will I be safe as a lone female...

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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
3....

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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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