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Round the World, or Round the Block?

We bet if we were to ask you right here, right now where you wanted to go travelling, you'd be able to tell us. (Go on, give it a go).

From there, how do you feel about travelling around the world? (It's a little bit scary, right?). Wrong, sista.

Once you've put a plan of action in place, done you research and sussed out where you want to go, grab a map and put in all your 'I HAVE TO GO HERE OR ELSE' locations in to the great abyss. This will tell you whether you want to travel round the...

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Keen to Travel Over the Winter Months?

Thinking about travelling abroad over the winter period? If you're not too sure whether to head abroad over the Christmassy period, here's some advice as to how you can facilitate your time away.

Not too sure where to go?

Real Gapper, we feel your pain. There's so much choice out there that sometimes it can feel a bit overwhelming to find your perfect travel destination. Need a little hand?

We think you should go to Thailand if: you want to party over Christmas. The Thailand Experience covers...

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11 reasons why YOU should travel this winter

It's September, and it's already cold, windy and wet.


And as we're basically advocates for the sassy things in life like swanning off on an adventure, how travelling's wicked and being brilliant, these are our top 11 reasons as to why you should venture into the great outdoors this winter.

1) You're footloose and fancy free - and being kept house bound for the whole of winter makes you feel like a fugitive/Baby when she was nearly abandoned in Dirty Dancing.

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Volunteering in Surin: Day In the Life!

Thinking of volunteering in northern Thailand with us? Past volunteers Melissa and Becky took part in our 'Childcare Volunteers' program and after having such an amazing time, decided to talk us through their schedules in the gorgeous Surin. 

8:30 We get picked up by our coordinator (Tuk, she was amazing!) with the other volunteers. It's about an half an hour drive, and if there's a few of you, you get to sit in the back of the truck and enjoy the scenery (and the cool breeze) along the way!

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What's The Best Thing To Wear, and Take Volunteering?

If you’re booked on to one of Real Gap Experience's volunteering trips this year, you’ll probably be thinking about what you should pack away with you on your big adventure. (Clothes/sassy bits and bobs never stray far away from our brain, Real Gappers!)

We get asked this question a lot at RG HQ, and we reckon these things will get you by: 

1)  Be culturally sensitive. At some of your projects, you’ll be required to cover your knees and shoulders – and it’s worth checking up where this’ll be...

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Top 9 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer With Wildlife

Looking to do something with a bit of 'roar'? Volunteering with wildlife is as good as it gets... check out our top 6 reasons to head out into the wild and start experiencing life!

1) See a different side to the world: These animals aren't just cuddly and cute – and that’s not what we’re all about! Find out more about them as a species from the experts and take your time out to learn and grow.

2) Get to know them behind the scenes: Who else can say they've walked next to a lion, or tracked...

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8 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer, And Just Visit Nepal

Looking to explore somewhere a bit different? Head to Nepal. From the incredible Himilayas to the fascinating culture, there's always something amazing to discover.

Old school Real Gapper Alicia has been visiting Nepal for 11 years, and keeps getting drawn back for more. Check out her top eight reasons why you should visit too!

1. Tick one off the bucket list and see Mount Everest - Trek to Everest Base Camp or take a scenic flight. Or you can change this to the Himalayas

2. You can’t visit...

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Fundraising with Real Gap Experience: Sophie's Hints and Tips

An old school Real Gapper Sophie is an expert fundraiser; she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. She has some awesome tips; it sounds like University blind date went down a storm! Check out Sophie’s blog below and find out how YOU could fundraise your way to your next adventure...

When I was in my first year at University, I signed up to climb Kilimanjaro for a charity that helped local Tanzanian communities in the foothills of the mountain. I had to raise £2200...

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How Volunteering Can Boost Your CV

Not only is volunteering beneficial for the community you decide to dedicate your time to, but it's also great for your CV, especially when you tie in your relevant experience to put your skills into action. 

Whilst you're abroad, you'll also get to see some of the most incredible corners of the world and really get out of your comfort zone. So, how does volunteering boost your CV?

1) Employers Rate It

We conducted a survey that suggested that '83% of employers stated that a... volunteer travel...

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Teaching in South Africa: Brett Robinson

At the start of the year, we sent a teacher - Brett Robinson, to South Africa to volunteer in a school. He had an amazing time whilst he was away; check out his account to see where his adventures in South Africa took him...
Week 1:
During my time with Real Gap Experience, I volunteered on the Schools and Development project. The first couple of days spent at Simons Town High School have been absolutely fab. We were given the absolute warmest of welcomes by the head teacher and other school...
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