Meet the Team

Here at Real Gap Experience Towers, we love what we do and we LOVE where we work! We're all obsessed with travelling and have covered our fair share of air miles in our quest to see as much of the world as humanly possible.

 

 

 

Lisa - Head of Sales and Customer Operations

 

 

I've been at Real Gap Experience since: November 2006. I’ve worked for the Daily Express, BBC and an online DVD seller over the years but Real Gap Experience is by far the BEST company I’ve ever worked for. I love the buzz of the place, my colleagues and most importantly, the amazing adventures we help send thousands of travellers on each year.

 

I've visited: 26 countries

 

My favourite place in the world is: This is such a hard question – Mongolia blew my mind, China is a firm favourite, Russia was an awesome adventure, Sri Lanka was beautiful… but I think I love Hong Kong the most.
 
My favourite ‘once in a lifetime’ travel moment was when: I woke up on my 28th birthday in the middle of the Mongolian Steppe, opening the door of the tent to see a lone horseman cantering across the valley in full traditional Mongolia dress. It was like a scene from a Ghengis Khan movie - amazingl
 
Top travel tip: Don't take too much stuff with you! Keep it simple - essentially it means you have less to worry/lug about!

 

 
Martin - Business Development Manager
 
I’ve been at Real Gap Experience since: April 2010. I love working with a lovely bunch of people; we're not just colleagues - we're also good friends. Another reason why I love my job is because I get to send young travellers around the world every day, providing them with one of the best experiences of their lifes.
 
I’ve visited: 22 countries
 
My favourite place in the world is: That's a tough one…seeing the Big 5 at Kruger National Park, dancing to African music at the
Bushfire festival in Swaziland and
playing some football with the kids
in Tofo/ Mozambique was incredible.
 
My favourite ‘once in a lifetime’ travel moment was when:
our guide in Kruger National Park shouted “lions, lions” and stopped the car. I turned around and saw six/seven lions right next to me…one of them was looking at me right in the eyes!
 
Top tip: Do it, or you'll regret it!
 
 
 

Chris - Travel Specialist

 

I’ve been at Real Gap Experience since: Sept 2013
 
I’ve visited:  Here and there, South-East Asia is my stomping ground though!
 
My favourite place in the world is: Kampot, Cambodia. Super chill weekend spot when I lived in Phnom Penh. There is a river running through the town which you can jump in from guesthouses posted along the banks, Bokor Mountain you can drive up and have the most amazing view from the abandoned catholic church and half complete derelict French
mansion, also spots to go caving….
 
My favourite ‘once in a lifetime’ travel moment was when: I was in Thailand over Songkran, Thai New Year, in Bangkok. A 3 day long water fight all over the whole country! Beats the UK New Year any day!
 
Top travel tip: Listen to that feeling inside telling you to go for it, whatever it may be. It’s your head telling you not to jump in, and you’ll regret not giving everything a go, guaranteed!
 
 
Louisa - Flights Specialist
 
I’ve been at Real Gap Experience since: December 2014 – Forever.
 
I’ve visited: 13 countries
 
My favourite place in the world: Laos, Luang Prabang. Definitely my second home!
 
My favourite ‘once in a lifetime’ travel moment was: Landing on a dirt track runway in a tiny little aeroplane in Laos. Walking out the airport to what would become my home for the next three months. Proper adventure!
 
Top travel tip: Embrace the fear! Those things you’re not sure if you’re brave to do will end up being
the best things you ever do!

 
Oli - Travel Specialist

 

I’ve been at Real Gap Experience since: October 2014

 

My favourite place in the world is: Kerala, South India

 

My favourite ‘once in a lifetime’ travel moment was when: Kayaking down the most incredible (and terrifying) rapids on the White Nile, Uganda! An amazing river in a beautiful country! We would watch the sunset from the island in the middle of the river where we were camping, with the noise of the rapids in the background, monkeys in the trees and sipping on a cold Nile Special beer – amazing!

 

Top tip:  SMILE – it’s internationally understood! Make the most of every opportunity you have and treat every day as an adventure! 

 

 
 

Will - Travel Specialist

 

I’ve been a Real Gap Experience since: August 2015

 

My favourite place in the world is: Brazil, all of it! 

 

My favourite ‘once in a lifetime’ travel moment was when: Finding a secluded waterfall in Laos and swimming under it

 

Top tip:Try everything and talk to everyone!

 

 

 

 

Want to join our awesome team? Check out our vacancies here.

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