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Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:16 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky

So, we made it back safe and sound, had the best time and have had a couple of weeks to recover... here's a run down of our highlights from the last 9 months.

1. Elephants in Thailand!

We spent a whole day hanging out with a pack of elephants, firstly going into the jungle and cutting down some bamboo for then, then heading to the elephant show and watching some awesome tricks, nearly getting stood on by one! Then we went to the elephant...

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:55 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky

Hi everyone, we've made it home back to not so sunny England and we're missing travelling already! Can't believe it went so quickly! Here's the last leg of our America journey and what's next for us :)

New Orleans couldn't come quick enough. It was great to be able to sleep in a bed, rather then in a campsite! New Orleans is like something out of a film, its amazing. The architecture is beautiful, the food is incredible, even the street signs are cool! We got to the hotel and then...

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 13:50 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky

Hi there! Here's the latest from the USA experience. You certainly pack a lot into 3 weeks so be prepared to go on a rollercoaster of sites and experiences on your trek :)

Day 9

Today we headed to Carlsbad Caverns, a national park which consists of cool caves and lots of natural wonders. If you're into geography, then this will be right up your street. As much as I appreciated the amazing nature of it, I was a bit worried about the bats, but...

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 01:48 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky

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...

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 13:26 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky

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...

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 17:23 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky
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.
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Wed, 05/14/2014 - 23:55 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky
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 :-)
 
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Thu, 05/01/2014 - 02:28 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky
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...
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 00:25 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky
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...
Sun, 04/13/2014 - 01:47 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky
After the adventure of the North Island, it was time to explore the beauty of the South Island! For The Lord of the Rings fans, this is where you'll find all the mountain ranges and the forests and lakes and things :-)
 
Our first stop was Kaiteriteri, where we decided to take it easy and do a little sunbathing whilst the others went kayaking, the same for our next stop Westport! Then it was on to Franz Josef where the fun and adventure kicked up a notch! Franz Josef...
Tue, 03/25/2014 - 02:01 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky

Looking for a bit of a shake up on the Aussie job scene? Once you've tried your hand at some casual work during your year abroad (theme parks, offices, outdoorsy jobs - it's all up for grabs!) it can be cool to try something a little different out, like au pairing. Check out Becky's guide to au pairing below...

For my last six weeks in Sydney I worked as an au pair and loved every second of it! If you like kids and have some...

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 01:01 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky

So, with Becky still working as an Au Pair in Sydney, and my contract at Luna Park coming to an end, I decided to take a quick trip to the paradise that is New Zealand, and if you're in Australia, or thinking about going, then do it! It's definitely one of the highlights of my trip so far. Even though, I think that about almost everywhere I've been so far!

I booked a Kiwi Experience bus pass,called Fush'n'chups which took...
Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:58 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky
So, Mel and Becky set off on the trip of a lifetime in September. Not able to wait for a year before seeing Mel again, we - Mel's Mum and Dad, decided to have a trip of a lifetime of our own and see Mel in Australia.
 
Mel had a full itinerary for us and we had 10 days of fabulous sightseeing. To all those parents who like us aged rapidly when told the news their offspring are off to travel the world, be assured Australia is THE place to be. Sydney...
Mon, 02/24/2014 - 05:12 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky
So it's been a very eventful few weeks for me here in Sydney. As you know Melissa had her parents and sister come visit (see previous blog) and I was expecting my sister to visit too. I was really excited to see her and I was planning things we were going to do. A few days before she arrived my dad skyped me and told me he was right here in Sydney! I thought he was joking. I can't believe he kept it quiet but I'm glad he did because it was an amazing surprise. 
 
I...
Wed, 02/19/2014 - 02:48 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky
Hello there! I've just had the best week ever; my family came all the way from Liverpool to see me in Sydney!
 
Tip: My family only booked this mega adventure three weeks before travel, and the prices were still not too bad which is great. Turns out a spontaneous visit to Australia is possible!
 
My mum, dad and sister decided to break up the journey here by spending a few days in Bangkok, which was great for them - but I was...
Mon, 02/10/2014 - 23:53 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky

G'day! We've been in Sydney for around 4 months now, so we like to think we're pretty clued up on the nightlife! Here's our top 5 of the best places to hang out down under.

1. Sidebar

I think this has to be our favourite place. Its based at WakeUp hostel, which is where you'll stay if you go for Real Gap's Paid work and Sydney intro programme. Its got quiz nights, live music, as well as cheap...

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 12:36 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky
Hi everyone, we'd thought we'd fill you in on what the food scene is here in Oz. It's not all kangaroo and crocodile, there is some around though! They love sushi here in Australia, and in your local 7/11 (newsagents), you'll find freshly prepared sandwiches, wraps, and sushi rolls, complete with tiny soy sauce fish! It's lovely :-)
 
As well as sushi, there's lots of Thai and Asian food, which is great if you're looking to stay healthy here.
 
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Sat, 01/25/2014 - 01:27 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky
What do you do when your travelling half way around the world and miss your family and friends like crazy? Choose a country in the middle and explore it together! 
 
I have been away for 5 months now and loved every second of it. I keep in touch with family and friends regularly using email, Facebook, whatsapp, snapchat and... (the best invention ever) ...Skype! It's great to be able to speak and see people you know no matter where in the world you...
Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:57 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky
Hi guys! We're officially half way into our ultimate year out and we can't believe how fast it's going! Only got a few more weeks in Sydney before we're off on our next adventure.
 
If you're wanting to go on an adventure but not sure how long to go for, then my advice would be- the longer the better! Time flies so quickly when you're travelling, so do and see as much as possible before you have to go home, because trust me, as much as you might miss...
Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:55 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky

 Hi everyone! We thought we'd give you the low down on finding somewhere to live when you make it down under!

If you go with Real Gaps paid work and sydney intro, you get 7 nights accomodation at wake up hostel, which is a really nice hostel in Sydney City centre. As well as this, if you decide to stay longer, then you get a cheaper rate! We actually stayed there for a good few weeks whilst we were deciding what we our next...
Wed, 01/08/2014 - 03:27 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky
Hi! It's hot, hot, hot here in Sydney and we've been spending a lot of time on the beach soaking up the sun - so here's our top 5 beaches to get you in the sandy mood...
 
1. Bondi
It may be an obvious choice, but it's the best for a reason! It's massive so you'll always find a spot; the the sand is lush and it has the best waves for swimming. Not to mention they film Bondi Rescue there!
 
2. ...
Sat, 01/04/2014 - 09:31 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky
So we fulfilled our 2013 New Years resolution of seeing the Sydney harbour fireworks, and we were not disappointed, they were amazing!
 
Me and Becky were due to work New Years Eve at Luna Park, as they have a massive harbour party every NYE. But even though we were in work, we couldn't have been in a better location. We started work at 5:30pm, so before we got there, we went to meet our friends who had been camped out in a prime viewing spot in North...
Sun, 12/29/2013 - 05:47 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky
Me and Becky were a bit dubious about what Christmas would be like away from our families. It's the first time either of us have been away at this time of year, so we were thinking it would be really strange and we'd miss people too much. Well, even though we did miss people, we had such a fab Christmas Day!
 
Us and the Real gap Sydney Intro gang spent the holidays together, as were all away from our families. We started out on Christmas Eve, Becky and EJ went...
Mon, 12/16/2013 - 06:04 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky

Hey everyone, now that we've settled into working life here in Sydney. Here's a bit of an insight as to what life is like working at a theme park.

Luna park is one of the oldest running theme parks in Australia, and has closed and reopened many times. It's situated right next to the harbour bridge, which means amazing views and ample opportunities for pictures!
 
Me and Becky work in two different...
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 08:43 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky

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...

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 14:56 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky

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...

Sun, 11/17/2013 - 04:30 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky
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 (...
Sun, 11/10/2013 - 08:12 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky
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...
Fri, 11/01/2013 - 05:22 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky
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...
Sat, 10/26/2013 - 10:38 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky
 
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...
Tue, 10/22/2013 - 11:39 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky

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...

Mon, 09/23/2013 - 11:23 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky

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...

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 17:45 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky

Now their 'Ultimate Year Out' has officially begun, Melissa and Becky have kindly updated us on their first few days in the buzzin' Bangkok. We must admit, back in Real Gap HQ we're very jealous! Here's how they're getting along so far on their adventure...

Hi! It's taken us a few days but we've nearly settled into how things work here in Thailand!
 
First things first, it's hot! Like, very hot! Be...
Wed, 08/28/2013 - 15:50 BY Ultimate Year Out- Melissa & Becky

Last year Real Gap held a MASSIVE competition to win the 'Ultimate Year Out', and after submitting a video entry and going through rounds of voting, Melissa and Becky were the lucky two. What did they win? A year long Round The World trip on us! So without further ado, here's how the girls are getting on...

Hello there!

Less then a week to go and we've just arrived at the Real Gap and i-to-i office getting all the info for the trip.  We've met the team and...