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So, what exactly is the Ultimate Year Out?

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 tomorrow we'll get our aussie working...

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Border Control: Cambodian Edition!

One thing I often think to myself when I'm away in a new place is that I wish someone had told me this or advised me of that, that I was aware of something, or had considered something else. When I write for Real Gap I try to remember what went through my head at a certain point in time and be that little angel of wisdom on travellers' shoulders around the world. Perhaps one of the more confronting times in Asia was crossing the border from Thailand to Cambodia...
 
My girlfriend and I bought...
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Cambodia - The Magic of Angkor

Authenticity is something that is important to me in many aspects of life, in this respect, travelling. I want to be able to see the real country I visit and gain insight into the lives of everyday people – it’s a key part of travelling isn’t it?

Put quite simply, Cambodia is the best country I have been to in Asia primarily due to the fact that it largely felt genuine. Having crossed the border from Thailand where many places seemed to solely exist for the purpose of catering to foreigners...

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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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Kuala Lumpur for Beginners

I'm Ollie, and this is my first blog for Real Gap since luckily becoming an employee here. You can read a little more about me in my bio section, but in the meantime I hope you like what I have to say!

I can make no authoritative claim to be a seasoned traveler, and I would be taking liberties to call myself an expert on the many cultures and customs of South-East Asia, but having experienced the delights of Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur to name but a few incredible...

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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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Sophie's Thailand Experience- Koh Phangan

So we finally arrived on the beautiful island of Koh Phangan! We are met off the boat by people from our hotel, who prove themselves as true diamonds by taking our luggage off our weary hands! We arrived at the hotel that Real Gap have provided us with and its clear that we are in a little piece of heaven at the beautiful Mac Bay Hotel. Here, not only do we have our own private pool, but we also have a bar and restaurant overlooking our own private beach! This is definitely the perfect place...

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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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Sophie's Thailand Experience- Volunteering

Hi guys! For the next part of my diary, I wanted to fill you in on the volunteering part of the Thailand Experience...
 
We were staying in the north of Thailand- Sangkhalburi during our volunteering stint, and there are a large number of poorer people living in the area. I wanted to be able to understand their hardships and their stories, so I chose the community option when I was booked onto the trip. 
 
And I'm so glad I did! After a bumpy ride in the back of 4x4 pick up trucks, we finally...
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