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How To Spot a British Backpack Wanker Abroad, and Avoid Turning Into One

Brits have a nasty habit of upping the anti and going all ‘God Save The Queen’ on the world when they’re abroad – we’ve all seen it (and shuddered at it). Some of us do it by accident (‘erm excuse me, where’s the nearest rubbish pub?’) and some of us are just darn right obnoxious (‘BUT WHY don’t they speak any English? Gahhhh’).

Things get even worse when a backpack gets thrown into the mix… so avoid being a typical British backpack wanker by following these simple instructions:

‘Fish and...

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Why You Should Be Using Instagram on Your Next BIG Trip

Hot on the tail of Facebook and Twitter as social media’s next BIGBIGBIG thing, Instagram has now hit the 200 million users mark. Not surprising really, seeing as though it’s the best thing since sliced bread!

If you get a bit snap happy when you’re away and you want to document your adventures – get Instagram. Simple. Reasons why?

You can easily update friends and family with what you’re doing, when you're doing it. Hearing about it over email or text is one thing, but actually seeing it is a...

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How To Travel AND Boost Your CV at the Same Time

Want to give your CV a massive boost, but not sure how? Travelling can prove to be a game changer on your resume, especially if you make an extra special effort to do something which will make you stand out from the crowd. Talking points in interviews – check, once in a lifetime experiences – check… 'check' out how you can become of those lucky travelers below:
 
Volunteering is a fantastic way to get experience – not only as you'll be showing your dedication to helping a less fortunate...
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Get 'in'! International Internships - The Way Forward

Let's face it, the job market today is a little bit tricky. With competition getting fiercier and fiercier, it's imperative that you make yourself stand out. With an internship you can do just that, but with an international internship you can REALLY put yourself on to map. 

Luckily for you lot, help is at hand in the shape of Real Gap's Claire. Imagine Claire as your career fairy godmother - she's our Business Development Manager and she spends her time at schools, colleges and universities...

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HELP! You Want to Travel, But You Don’t Know Where – Our Guide to Travel Stardom

We’ve all been there, done that and got the t-shirt - you want to go away, but you have absolutely no idea where you actually want to go. The worst bit is most of us want to tick off the whole world, which then causes the dilemma of where you start it all off. Don’t worry Real Gappers, we’re here to help! Follow our guide below and you’ll be bracing yourself for your first big adventure in no time:
 
1) Grab a Map, now: The best place to start is by printing off a world map and highlighting...
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Inside the Thailand Experience: What To Expect

It's official: The Thailand Experience is legendary within the Real Gap camp. It's received 9/10 stars from over 230 past Real Gappers, the dates for the summer are already packed out and frankly - we don't think it's hard to see why. It's BIG news and to show the rest of you what it's all about we thought we'd run through our biggest finds, surprises and share our secret tips with you about one of our favourite trips. Watch out gang, give it five minutes and we're sure you'll be wanting to...

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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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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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#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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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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