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Champs in China: The Lowdown on the China Ultimate Adventure

Earlier this month, RG's Hannah (aka, Champs) went off on our China Ultimate Adventure to see what all the fuss was about on one of our biggest adventure trips!

Hi Champs! What was your favourite part of your time in China?

I was really surprised about how awesome Yangshuo was. I didn't know anything about it beforehand, but it was absolutely incredible! We spent four days cycling, hiking, trekking and rafting... and we all had the best time. I also took part in a cookery course (which is one...

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A Gap Year: To ‘Year it’ or…?

Officially, a gap year is:

gap year 
noun 
British 
noun: gap year; plural noun: gap years 
 
a period, typically an academic year, taken by a student as a break between school and university or college education. 
 
…  but nowadays, a gap year isn’t really something which has an expiry date. In all seriousness, how many travellers do you know who’ve been away for 365 days, seen the whole world and come back bright eyed and busy tailed? Nah, we didn’t think so. 
 
In all honesty, we reckon that we’ve...
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RG's Sam: Working in Australia for a Year

Looking to head out on a working holiday in Aus? Our very own Sam has just come back from her year in Australia… check out how she got on below!

Why did you decide to head out to Australia in the first place?

I’d always wanted to experience living in a different country, but work (and life) always got in the way. One day, after a particularly hard day in the office, I picked up the phone and booked a flight to Sydney for 5 months’ time. I chose Australia mainly because my brother was currently...

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Taking on Australia Within Your Holiday Allowance

We’d put any money on this: if the whole world could, they’d take a year out to head to Australia. Go on, disagree with us! (We know you won’t). Here in the UK, Australia as seen as ‘the’ place to go to take time out and if we could we’d go for months, if not years. Unfortunately for some of us this can’t be done (we have to keep th RG website going for you lot!) but when I got the chance to take three weeks off to go explore, I couldn’t resist hitting up Aus and packing in as much as...

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How to BOSS A Gap Year (From a 17 Year Old Australian)

Looking to go on a gap year, but don't know where to start? Take note future gap yearers, we have one Real Gapper who's half way through her incredible journey with us - check out her story (and her incredible itinerary) below!

Name: Nat Mahoney

Age: 17

RTW Itinerary:

Giant Panda Conservation, China

Martial Arts Academy, China

Live with Lion Cubs, South Africa

Kruger to Coast, South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland

Zambia Building and Wildlife Experience

Zimbabwe Lion Rehabilitation, Zimbabwe

Tanzania...

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Not Going to Uni? How to Improve Your Employability (and Travel) In 1 Year

You've spent the last 13 years of your life in school, now it's time to ditch off the textbooks. If you've decided not to go to uni, you literally have the whole world at your feet and that is BLOODY EXCITING.

Not sure whether to stick it out at home or go travelling? Check out our amazing one year plan and you'll soon know where you want to be...

September: Thailand

The first month in the gap year calendar, and you're about to start your incredible first year in the 'Real' world! We recommend...

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Top 6 Reasons Why Results Day SHOULDN'T Scare You

Results day, 2014. It’s nearly here (gulp). That little cretin crept up on us BIG time, and now your time to shine has arrived!

We know that during this time of year, it’s very easy to feel a bit alone. And scared. Except for the fact that you shouldn’t do.

Here are our top 6 reasons WHY we reckon you should take on Results Day and give it the what for!

1) We’ve all been there. If anything Results Day 2014 should be the one thing which binds us human beings together. We all know that, in...

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The Top 6 Things to See on the East Coast...

Looking to hit the East Coast of Australia this year? RG's Sam has just come back from her year abroad in Aus... so here are her top tips for the EC!

1)      Sailing on Whitsundays – This was by far the highlight of my whole trip! After boarding our groups own private yacht and sailing into the stunning clear blue sea, we got to spend the afternoon swimming and snorkelling. We saw hundreds of different fish and sea life and the views were breath-taking. We slept on board overnight and spent...

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The 9 Different Types of Traveller...

Entered our MASSIVE competition on facebook?  If not, what are you waiting for - head over there stat. (And if you have, here's more about the nine types of traveller we've met on the road...)

The Travelling Friiiiiiiiend - The legend who keeps the operation together. They're good mates, but basically ET (they phone home all the time).

The Know It All - We all KNOW them (probably because they've told us) - they think they know where to go, eat, explore, wee... and usually it's easier to agree...

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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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