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11 reasons why YOU should travel this winter

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

WE'RE FED UP OF THIS ALREADY, OKAY?!

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!)

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 applicable...

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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.

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 Nepal without a trip to...

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

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 altogether, with a group of...

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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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Stay Safe Abroad with The Gap Safety Course

At the start of the summer we sent our mate Cristina (from the other side of the office) to our Safety Course so she could check it out. She was due to head to Hondrus solo, and was slightly nervous about travelling alone. Check out how she got on below!

Hola! My name is Cristina; I have just come back from the experience of a lifetime in Honduras. I have spent a month working for a nursery in a small village on the northern coast of Honduras. Before leaving I was quite nervous, especially as...

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#myrealexperience - Instagram Competition

We've absolutely LOVED checking out our entries in our Instagram competition over the summer months, and now there's only three weeks to go until our beloved #myrealexperience comp closes, we thought we'd show you all our favourite 10 so far!

And in no particular order...

We love @simonedavies snap from the Thailand Experience last month. (CAN WE COME ALONG TOO PLEASE?)

We knew Thailand would show it's face again, except this time @annbear_k's the one behind the camera!

We love this snap from

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#myrealexperience: Thailand Experience

The Thailand Experience is legendary around these parts, and when the lovely Ollie, a guy who works for our sister company JCA wanted to jump on board, it was an offer we couldn't refuse. Last month he headed out on an adventure of a lifetime, so when he got back (and admittedly, was a little depressed to be sitting back at a desk rather than on the beach) - we thought we'd ask him how he got on.

Why do you choose do go on the Thailand Experience?
 
I’ve always wanted to travel to South East...
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