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Sophie's Thailand Experience- Bangkok!

Now Sophie's spent her first two weeks in Thailand on our awesome Thailand Experience (and taught us how to cook in her last post!)- it's now the time to go back to her arrival day and her first few days in Bangkok! 

So the days of travelling solo are over- now its time to kick back, relax and enjoy the travellers paradise, Thailand. After 7 months of going it alone, I was so excited to go on a Real Gap tour, where all the boring bits of travelling are taken away (transport, accomodation,...

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Top Ten Tips: Scuba Diving

Scuba pro Polly, the founder of our 'Dive and Marine' Conservation project in Belize, has dived over 5000 times (told you she was a pro!). We love scuba diving here at RG (but admittedly, it can be a little bit difficult at first!) so Polly's kindly given us a few tips on how we can perfect our diving skills. Cheers Polly!

1.“Treat your air like you would a good drink, sip it slowly!”

Remember to breathe!  Breathe like you do when you are sleeping-  long, slow breathes.  Breathe in slowly and...

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Thailand... Cookery Style!

If you're booked on to go on the Thailand Experience, one thing you'll try during your time in Thailand is a Thai cookery lesson. The dishes we made were SO yummy, so I thought I'd share the recipes with you!

There are two things that I can guarantee you'll hear about travelling in Thailand- 1) "OMG, it is so cheap!" and 2) "OMG, the food is so good".  After spending a few days in Bangkok, we'd already had the chance to experience the cheapness of the country (after Australia I think anything...

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My Experience: Game Ranger Internship

Hi Real Gappers! We've just received a fantastic blog post from Real Gap customer Archie Middleton, who's just completed our Game Ranger Internship. If you want to find out what life's like on a Big 5 game reserve, have a little gander....

My time spent training for my level one Field Guide qualification on my Game Ranger internship in South Africa was some of the best of my life so far. What made it so enjoyable was the fact that although we spent our days running, climbing and crawling...

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Sophie's Aussie Bests...

Now my posts on the good old Aus are coming to a close, I thought I'd recap on where, and what I think is best in Australia!

Best City: Melbourne

This really is the most liveable but most jaw dropping city I have ever had the pleasure to experience. Everything works so well here. Despite being voted the 4th most expensive city in the world (it has leapfrogged 5th place Sydney) there are always things to do to keep you entertained! Alright, the city might not have the beaches of Sydney but...

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Top Ways to Travel Around Australia!

Hi guys! I've spent nine months in Australia over the past year, so thought I'd spread my travel wisdom over to any of you who plan to hit the Australia!

Greyhound Pass: 

We, like many travellers, decided to take the decision to grab a Greyhound pass to go down the East Coast. This is a fantastic option, as there is multiple packages you can choose from, either doing it as a hop on/ hop off one way ticket (we chose the Cairns to Byron Bay ticket) or doing it via the amount of kilometres you...

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The AMAZING Whitsundays!

Hi, it's Sophie here! I've arrived in Thailand now (I'm on the epic Thailand Experience!) but before I start on all things Thai, I want to catch up with you and let you know about one of my favourite places in Aus, the Whitsundays!

So The Whitsundays are probably the numero uno thing to do whilst you're travelling along the East Coast, and for good reason too! You’ve worked your way around various jobs in Aus, and quite honestly, you deserve a treat. And treats don’t come bigger than sunning...

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Make the Most of Your Thailand Experience...

As a massive portion of you Real Gappers will already know, our very own Ben (Sales Manager) and Harriet (Travel Advisor) went on their own Thailand Experience trip back in March. As so many of you had been asking questions about one of our biggest trips over the last few weeks, we thought we’d ask them both to look back on their trip one month on and give you lot the insider goss...

Favourite activity? That’s a toughie! We both absolutely loved the scuba diving, which is an extra activity...

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The Beautiful Byron Bay, Australia

Hi there Real Gappers, it's Sophie here! I'm just about to leave Australia to head to Thailand, but I thought I'd catch up with you guys on my time in the beautiful Byron Bay first!

Talk to any other traveller down the East Coast of Aus and they will tell you that one of the places you must see is Byron Bay, the land of the hippie for Australia. With such a legendary name to live up to, I was expecting peace signs and tee-pees all over the shot, but in reality it is more bars and clubs...

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Tom's Costa Rican Adventure

Hi guys! last month I made my way over to Costa Rica to check out our awesome projects- and guess what? I loved it!

So what’s so great about Costa Rica?  Well, let me bend your ear a minute and let me tell you about one of the most amazing countries I have ever visited (and I’ve been to a few – not to blow my own trumpet or anything!). 

I don’t have enough time to tell you everything I love about this tiny but bursting-at-the-seems country but I’ll try and highlight a few reasons.   It could...

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