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Inside the Thailand Experience: What to Take with you

Let's not beat around the bush here - we all like to look good on holiday. If anything we have the hundreds of holiday snaps to take into consideration – they’re going to be splashed all over Facebook! To save your dignity (and your back, as let’s face it- that backpack is going to be HEAVY) we thought we’d dish out our top tips on what to take, and what to ditch off on the Thailand Experience.

The BIG one- what do we pack our stuff in? The backpack vs suitcase debate is something we get...

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USA Experience - part 2

Here's the next installment of the antics that go on when you take part in the USA Experience :-)

Day 5

We're off to the wonder that is the Grand Canyon! After a short-ish drive we all put pillowcases on our heads or other forms of blindfolds on and got walked to the edge so we could have an uninterrupted first look at the canyon, and it was fantastic!! One of the best things I've ever seen!

We got to camp and set up the tents then got ready for a walk round the canyon. Be warned, it gets very...

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Group vs Solo travel

Hey everyone! We are nearing the end of our amazing trip now, finishing off in the Big Apple. Looking back over our travels we have met hundreds of people and made some awesomee freinds. During the trip we have travelled as a pair, as a large group and also individually. If you are planning your own RTW trip and are wondering which is the best option then heres a blog that might help you out.

 

We predominatenly travelled as a pair for the 9 months so we decided which cities, hostels,...

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A USA Experience - Part 1

Hi everyone! Following our Fiji adventure we were off across the pacific to the hustle and bustle of America! Booked on the 21 day USA experience we had a few days to chill in San Fran before we started in LA.
 
Day 1
Met the group around 7:30am in downtown LA for a quick get to know each other sesh and it was time to hit Hollywood boulevard :-)
We saw the walk of fame, the oscars theatre and the famous hollywood sign.
After it was the start of a long 5 hour drive to VEGAS!
 
To really get to know...
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The on-the-go ‘Drobe: What to Wear, Where

We all want to look good on our travels, granted. Our FB albums are longing to be packed to the brim with ridiculously impressive snaps from around the world, and the last thing we want to do is hide them all from our timelines!

But in all seriousness, this is real life. If you're going to be backpacking we can almost guarantee that you'll be on-the-go constantly, and the last thing which'll plague your brain will be your clothes! ‘Is this in season?’ should turn to ‘am I in the correct...

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Island hopping Fiji Style!

After we left the awesome staff at Coral View resort we made our way on the boat to Beachcomber island, the official party island of Fiji.
 
We were so tired after the emotional goodbye, the first night we just chilled in the 120 bed dorm room!! It certainly was an experience, there were no walls, just nets, and so many beds all in little clusters. Thankfully there were only around 20 people in the room so it wasn't too busy :-)
 
Our first full day on the island involved lots of sun bathing,...
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#experienceit - See South Africa!

‘Tourists see the world, travellers experience it’ is an anology we live close by here at Real Gap. One of the best ways to travel is to really scratch away at a place, to go off exploring and to go off the beaten track. Staying close to the tourist trail is a fantastic way to kick back and relax (usually around a pool, right?) but if you want to do something which will change your life, pick and country and actually #seeit.
 
A country we have a massive load of love for is South Africa,...
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Living life island style!

Leaving the outback and heading to the paradise of Fiji was a little daunting at first, but something that we had been looking forward to since we left for our ultimate year out!
 
We arrived in Nadi and were instantly overwhelmed by Fijian hospitality. We got picked up and taken to our hostel and within an hour we had booked our trip to the Yasawa Islands. That night we got to watch (but not experience, well not yet anyway) the joy of kava and meet a group of people who were just finishing...
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Travel tips from Team RG! #experienceit

 
We’ve been searching high and low within Team RG to find our best travel highlights from our own adventures. Inspiration central!
 
Laura: Do something a bit daring whilst you’re away – abseiling down Table Mountain has to be one of my travel highlights, but it was so scary!
 
Helena: Don’t stick to the tourist routes – get lost somewhere amazing!
 
Danielle: Make the most of everything, and definitely expect the unexpected!
 
Sophie: Try everything once. I ate seafood for the first time in...
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East Coast Adventures

It was straight off the plane from new Zealand and then on to the first greyhound bus to Byron Bay! Only a short 14 hour bus ride overnight to our destination. It really does enlighten how big Australia is! Luckily as I was so tired from the night before being on a plane, I pretty much slept the whole way through.
 
First stop Byron Bay! It's the hippie central of Australia with loads of funky bars and shops where you can get your palm read as well as a massage! We had a surf lesson booked on...
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