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RG's Sally: Zanzibar- an exotic, chaotic paradise!

After Sally's first night in Dar, the next stop was the beautiful spice island of Zanzibar...

The local driver dropped me at the ferry port and purchased the ticket, so it was all nice and straight forward – be careful of the local “porters” who show you to your seat – falling for this myself I realised they then expect a big tip in return and you don’t really need them! Having dosed up on motion sickness tablets in preparation for the 2 hour “choppy” journey I had read about, it was...

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RG's Sally- Welcome to Tanzania!

RG's Sally has just embarked on a trip of epic proportions to Tanzania, and now she's back here's round two of her tale!

Throughout my week I was welcomed with the greetings “Jambo” and “Karibu” by friendly staff and locals. The wonderful bright colours and sounds of African life hit you immediately, so be prepared for a culture shock of the best kind as you pass random cow herds wondering along the road, women carrying all sorts of incredible things on their heads, the complete and utter...

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RG's Sally- My Tanzania Experience!

After being a star member of team Real Gap for the last six and a half years, Sally has spent time living, working, studying, and travelling abroad- but had never had the chance to tick Africa off her list. It's fair to say that when she was offered the chance, there was more than a little excitement there! 

Despite my past travelling experience, it's always a bit daunting setting off to the unknown, just you and your backpack! It's been a while since I did anything like this by myself so I...

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RG's Lisa- Festival Atmosphere in Sri Lanka

I was lucky enough to time my trip with Vesak when I headed over to Sri Lanka last month (this wasn’t done on purpose!). This is a huge festival in Sri Lanka, sometimes informally called "Buddha's Birthday", marking the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha.

The mood leading up to the first day of celebrations was frantic and excited. Big lanterns were being constructed in many towns and cities across the country soon to be unveiled competitively and strings of smaller lanterns (Vesak...

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RG's Lisa- Tarantulas, turtles and train propositions

Continuing on with her stories from Sri Lanka, Lisa's been dishing the dirt on our Sri Lanka Sea Turtle and Community project...

A local bus from Colombo to Kosgoda “whizzed” me down south towards our fantastic Turtle Conservation project. I say “whizzed”, but what I mean is “dawdled” its way along the coast giving me plenty of time to soak up life beyond the bus, including a Brahminy Kite (big bird of prey and very impressive) circling over a river.

I arrived at the accommodation which I was...

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Sri Lanka- Elephants, kingfishers and an unnecessary gecko!

Real Gap's Lisa travelled to Sri Lanka at the start of the month to discover this beautiful part of the world. Find out how she got on on our Elephants and Community project...

I arrived in Rambukkanna in the dark (it gets dark at about 7pm all year round in Sri Lanka so be prepared for short evenings!) and so it wasn’t until the morning that I could take in the surroundings properly. Leaning over the balcony of the volunteer accommodation, I watched some tourists taking an early morning...

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Real Gap's Lisa- Why Go to Sri Lanka?

Our very own Lisa has just come back from a trip to Sri Lanka, and over the next week she's going to be letting us in on what she got up to! First things first- we want to hear why we should be heading to Sri Lanka this year...

I hadn’t really had too much time to research Sri Lanka before I jetted off on my mission and so the usual devouring of a Lonely Planet took place on the flight from London to Colombo. As we flew over Southern India and on across the Indian Ocean, which was...

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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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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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Festival Season's A'Coming!

We love a good old festival here in the Real Gap office, but who could blame us? Between us Real Gappers we've pretty much done the lot (V Fest, Glastonbury, Isle of Wight... the list goes on!)- and so that got us thinking, where are the best festivals to hit outside of the UK?  

What could be better... a big fat festival, the sunshine shining its little heart out and a new place to explore in your free time; BLISS. So festi-fans, here's our list of our best of the best around the world (you...

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