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Ultimate Year Out - Highlights

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 sanctuary and went for a walk with them getting to ride...

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Group vs Solo travel

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 travelled as a pair for the 9 months so we decided which cities, hostels,...

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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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Island hopping Fiji Style!

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 :-)
 
Our first full day on the island involved lots of sun bathing,...
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Living life island style!

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 not yet anyway) the joy of kava and meet a group of people who were just finishing...
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East Coast Adventures

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 a massage! We had a surf lesson booked on...
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New Zealand - South Island!

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 is home to a massive...
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#experienceit - RG's Laura is off to Sydney

We’re all serious travelholics here in the Real Gap office. Last week RG’s Hannah got back from touring around Sri Lanka, Alex had been sunning it up in Cape Verde, Nicky was city breaking in the glamorous New York and on Monday Rob landed back in the UK from Cape Town. Trust us, it’s hard to keep track of where we’re all off to!

 

Since last May I’ve been counting down my massive trip to Australia. It’s always felt like a bit of a dream and frankly, a bit out of my league (how do I get that...

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Aussie Au Pairing

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 experience working with them then this might be the job for you...

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New Zealand Antics - North Island

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 me from Aukland, to the very tip top of the North Island to Cape...
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