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Getting Work in Sydney: Hints and Tips!

Hi everyone! Now we're all settled in Sydney (we've bagged ourselves a job and a flat!) - we thought we'd offer some hints and tips that we picked up whilst on the job hunt Down Under.

If you decide to go for the Paid work and Sydney Intro - which is the Real Gap trip that we are both on, then you'll get membership with the Work and Travel Company, who are there to help you find work in Australia-  even if you decide not to stay in Sydney (score!).  Your working holiday visa allows you to...

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Ultimate Year Out: RG's Sydney Intro- Part 2

Hi everyone! Have you caught up with our week 1 blog post of the Sydney Intro? If so, here's the second part to our big adventure!

Day 4 Thursday - today, we took advantage of the amazing weather and headed for our first ever visit to Bondi!! I have to say, it was pretty beautiful. They were filming Bondi Rescue at the time as well which was very exciting. We went along the costal walk where the annual sculptures by the sea festival was taking place and checked out the amazing views and...

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Ultimate Year Out: RG's Sydney Intro- Part 1

Hi! We've been getting stuck in to Aussie life on the Real Gap Sydney Intro... so here's a run down of what you get up to at the start of your week!
 
Day 1 Monday - today's the day everyone arrives. You'll be able to check into the hostel anytime after 12, so if your flight arrives before that and you get to the hostel a bit early, you can wait in reception and use the wifi to send a message to let home know you've arrived safely (always nice to have a natter too). Once you get to your room,...
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Desert Rock and Roll

Hi everyone! 
 
If you find yourself in Australia, then a trip to the red desert is definitely a must! We've just come back from a 3 day tour of Ayres Rock and surrounding areas and have to say, it was amazing!
 
We were a little dubious at first, I mean, you travel all that way to see a big rock, but we were gladly proved wrong.
 
We made are our way to Alice Springs from Melbourne, which was a short 2 hour flight and then spent the day soaking up the desert sunshine and preparing ourselves for...
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Our 'diving in Belize' project wins big at the World Responsible Tourism Awards!

Here at Real Gap, we're all obsessed with our Diving and Marine Conservation project in Belize, Central America. Now, after ten years of being in operation, the team have won an incredible award at the World Responsible Tourism awards... and we couldn't be more proud!

If you're interested in either A) learning to dive in a pretty spectacular environment or B) marine conservation then it's pretty simple- our Diving and Marine conservation project in Belize is perfect for you. Earlier this...

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Top things to do for free in Melbourne

We've loved our 'Ultimate Year Out' adventures in Melbourne, so we thought we'd give you guys a round up of the best things to do for free.
 
If you find yourself in Melbourne and are a little short of funds, then this list of freebies is perfect!
 
1. Free city circle tram - there's a tram that runs every day surrounding the CBD. It takes around 40 minutes to go round the whole circuit and it's a great way to get to know the city as there's a voice over at every stop!
 
2. Victoria market - you...
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Melbourne Madness

 
Hi everyone! We've just left Melbourne for the warmer climates of Alice Springs, preparing for our trip to Uluru in the morning and thought we'd update you!
 
After 10 days in Melbourne, we think we've seen everything it has to offer, and we loved it! It's true that it's a city with four seasons in one day, so layers and trousers can come in handy. We had to make an emergency stop to outlet mall to buy some!
 
It really is cafe culture, with lots of cool and funky coffee bars down little...
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Lowdown on the Islands

Hi everyone, it's Melissa and Becky here! After our volunteering stint in Surin, we decided to get some much needed R&R in the Thai Islands.

There's quite a lot to chose from, so we thought we'd give you a run down of what's what!

We headed to Phuket first, which is the largest of the islands, and the craziest we visited! What we thought was a nice relaxing beach retreat, soon changed, thanks to the rain. Instead, we tested out a few of the many bars and restaurants in the never ending 'party...

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ALERT: The end is near!

We cannot believe one of our favourite months, September, is already coming to a close! How can this be? And does that REALLY mean the sale is about to end?

And unfortunately... yes, yes it does! (I know, we can hardly believe it either!). So if you're looking to book on a trip of a lifetime, now really is the time to do it.

Want some inspiration? Here's a selection of three trips to tickle your tastebuds:

Australia Paid Work- Want to work abroad and get some experience whilst get stuck in with...

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Ultimate Year Out- Bangkok Round Two!

Hi everyone, it's Melissa and Becky here! 

We're currently hiding from the rain, monsoon season really has hit. So we thought we would update you on how things went in Bangkok once we moved to Khao San Road.

We had heard a lot of talk about Khao San road but there aren't really many words to describe it. There are bars, shops and restaurants as well as street sellers offering many delights of Thailand including the odd scorpion or two... which we quickly declined! 

In the day we checked out...

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