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Travelling: Are You Ever Actually On Your Own?

We feel your pain, solo traveller. It's pretty nerve racking travelling on your own for the first time, but rest assured there IS light on the other side - a very bright one! There's so many amazing things you can learn about yourself and others when you travel solo, and the best part is that Real Gap is made up of approx 84% of go-it-alone travellers which means you'll always make other mates abroad!

Need some convincing? Here's why we think you should travel solo:

You make new friends...

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RG's Sophie's Guide to Thailand and Cambodia

RG's Sophie has just come back from a trip of a lifetime. Not only did she get to explore Thailand from top to bottom (in a whirlwind two weeks!) but she also got to sneak in a bit of time in the legendary Cambodia too. In typical RG fashion we quizzed her about everything she got up to, so if you're looking to explore Asia yourself this is a must read!

Sum your trip up in 10 words: Absolutely amazing! Exhausting, exciting, rewarding, beautiful – best trip ever!

Tell us where you went! – Where...

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RG's Dan's guide to Melbourne

Last August RG's Dan was given the amazing opportunity to head Down Under and work in our Australian office in Melbourne. Was he going to turn that opportunity down? Course not! As Dan's now lived in Australia for six months, we thought we'd ask him about his time in Australia and what it's really like to live in one of the world's most liveable cities...

"Best mood: One of the best things about Melbourne is it's Suburbs. Whatever mood you're in, they're great to explore! St Kilda, Richmond,...

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Backpack Wankers: Part 3

Since the last update, Olly, Tom, Declan and Helen have been making their way around Queensland, taking in the Whitsundays and Cairns. We're SO jealous, we're not sure we like them anymore... ;)

Day 9: After Valentines day we left Emu Park on our way to the boat, the first time for many. We all had images of The Wolf of Wall Street scene has the rain started to fall and the winds howled. Luckily it was only a brief spell, as we got to spend the day on a real sailing boat that Prince Charles...

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Backpack Wankers: Part 2

After we caught up with Olly, Declan, Helen and Tom last week, our four backpack wankers have been touring around Queensland, taking in Fraser Island and the Outback!

Day 5:

Waking up feeling a bit worse for wear, the team had organised a river cruise in the Queensland capital of Brisbane, where we wandered around in the searing heat for a few hours. Afterwards we headed for the Bruce Highway in time for the ferry to Fraser Island. Awaiting us on the island was an all you can eat buffet at the...

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Backpack Wankers: Part 1

Last summer we declared Olly Bentley as our ultimate backpack wanker. His prize? A trip to Australia (on our two week East Coast Tour, HELLO!) with three of his best mates. (Yep, we absolutely hate him - the little squirt).

Now they're halfway through their tour, Olly's managed to make us all incredibly jealous by letting us in on what Helen, Tom and Declan have been up to...

Olly: After a long flight we arrived 'Down Under', wahay! Once we'd dropped off our bags we began exploring the city,...

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Our Top Six Two Weekers

It's HOLIDAY TIME, Real Gappers! We're so done with January, and to get our bit of escapism we're all booking our next adventures left, right and centre.

Not got a lot of time off you can take this year? Luckily for all of you lovely lot we've got our fair share of adventures which you can take in two weeks - result!

So, what our our trop six two weekers? (Bye bye 'Biza, HELLO Thailand!)

Big 5 Wildlife and Community: Want to head out on an awesome safari this year? Hit up our incredible private...

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Our top 3 incredibly affordable trips to hit up this year

It's the JANUARY SALE PEOPLE! If this time of year doesn't scream amazing value, we don't know when does! To celebrate, we've compiled a list of our top three most affordable adventures so you can get on the road, and stat. Remember, our sale ends on 31st January (which is THIS Saturday) so make sure you don't miss out!

Vietnam Experience - I'm not sure anybody could argue with the figures on this one - £22 A DAY. To explore Asia, in a group, with everything done for you. It's amazing value...

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Why you should go to Thailand, NOW

Since the word go, we've been on an eternal love affair with our absolute favourite, Thailand. For one, the words 'grey, sh1t and miserable' don't crop up within it's dictionary, the food isn't luke warm and sloppy (thanks mum) and we don't have to wear eight layers of clothes to be able to actually go outside. (Unless you're Aussie, and if you are YOU'RE SO LUCKY AND YOUR BRITISH MATES HATE YOUR GOOD FORTUNE)

If we weren't making dreams come true on a daily basis, we'd be off RIGHT NOW. As...

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8 reasons why your home life is just plain harsh

Travelling ruins your life. Why? Because it just makes everything at home seem too damn boring.

Travelling, we love to hate you. Why?!

1) Porridge vs pad thai. With lumps and bumps in all the wrong places, we know what we'd rather be eating; spices n' all.



2) Even when the sun shines in the UK (which let's face it, isn't now) it's never as bright as it is in Thailand. F***.

3) We love feeling sand inbetween our toes, not murky puddles that have leaked into our favourite boots. Soggy feet ain't...

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