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Wed, 01/17/2018 - 14:32 BY Real Gap Experience

On the build up to 2018, we've been busy putting together a whole range of exciting new trips, just for you! So, by way of celebrating the brand-spanking new year, we thought we'd unveil our top new trips here. Happy new travel year!

 

1. Canada Paid Work...

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 12:49 BY Real Gap Experience

If you're already thinking about your next getaway, but aren't sure where to go, why not turn to your favourite films for a bit of destination inspiration? There's never been a better reason for a day wrapped up in front of the telly...

 

1. Breakfast at Tiffany's – New York, USA

All-time classic...

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:16 BY Real Gap Experience

When the weather’s gloomy at home, it’s only natural to start dreaming up all the adventures you could be having in a nice warm, sunny climate instead, which is exactly what we’ve been thinking recently, and this month we’re thinking India is looking like a rather appealing destination for our next travel adventure. So, let us...

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 17:09 BY Real Gap Experience

When we asked Hannah, our lovely Marketing Assistant, to go and try out our brand spanking new Vietnam Travel Pass programme, she leapt at the chance (unsurprisingly) – here's what she had to say about it...

 

I’ve recently returned from trying out the Vietnam Travel...

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:33 BY Real Gap Experience

Going on a USA adventure, or in the middle of planning one? Don’t forget to put plenty of time aside to visit at least one national park on your travels. With 58 to choose from, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one close by, but we’ve selected seven of our faves to give you an idea of what’s on offer around the States.

 

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Wed, 11/08/2017 - 00:00 BY Real Gap Experience

It could be argued that every travel experience is unique to the person experiencing it at that moment, as no two people will feel, see or do exactly the same thing on their travels. But, there is a distinct difference in the experiences on offer to travellers in the first place; and some stand out as being one-of-a-kind experiences that aren't readily available elsewhere (our favourite kind), so we're taking a look at some of the most...

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 00:00 BY Real Gap Experience

A huge part of travelling is trying out new and exciting things that aren't widely available anywhere other than in that one specific country and, as most activities and variations of the same pastimes are fairly widespread nowadays, we can only be talking about one thing: food. Mankind's real best friend and one of our favourite pastimes, food is responsible for helping to sustain life, forging friendships (and helping people fall in love), and so we...

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 12:58 BY Real Gap Experience

We often come across unique travel experiences that offer something a bit different or special – that’s why you’ll find plenty of choice on our website, because we want you to have an exceptional experience, not just a bog-standard holiday. So, we thought we’d take a look at some of our favourites over the next year, and this month we’re shining the spotlight on our ...

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 00:00 BY Real Gap Experience

Fancy the idea of travelling the world, but not entirely sure where to start? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Thousands of travellers each year take the plunge and book a RTW trip – and most of them aren’t sure exactly what they’re doing, either. Take it from us though, that world travel is by far the most exciting thing you’ll ever do, and if you’...

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 12:45 BY Real Gap Experience

RGE's Matt has just got back from an amazing trip to Cambodia on our brand new 12 day Ultimate Cambodia trip. Now he's back in the UK, he's passing his advice on to you guys! 

 

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Wed, 10/04/2017 - 16:51 BY Real Gap Experience

<p>At <strong>RGE</strong>, there&#39;s nothing we like more than chatting to our lovely customers about their fantastic <strong>travel plans</strong> which, in turn, <strong>inspires</strong> us to keep coming up with <strong>exciting</strong> new travel itineraries - and this quarter we&#39;ve added some whoppers to the list. Looking for a <strong>new trip</strong> to get pepped up about? Then you&#39;re in the...

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 13:45 BY Real Gap Experience

So you've finally done it, after what seems like a lifetime of looking, deliberating, and planning, you've booked your trip – and aren't you chuffed with yourself? Too right! So now you're definitely going you can relax, right? Hmm, wait a minute, when was the last time you actually saw your passport? Do you know if you need any vaccinations before you go? Do you even own a backpack? Doing your pre-holiday prep will...

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 13:44 BY Real Gap Experience

New Zealand frequently tops polls as one of the most popular travel destinations worldwide. Is it the scenery? A hike on the coast track through Abel Tasman National Park might make you think so. Is it the food? Dine in Wellington and you’d be tempted to say yes. Is it the outdoor activity? Well, this is the...

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 13:41 BY Real Gap Experience

Ever wanted to combine your travels with an epic national festival? Well you can! We've mapped out some of our favourite events going on throughout the year in some top travel destinations for you to plan your travels around to make that trip of a lifetime extra awesome...

 

31st December 2017/1st January 2018 - New Year's Eve in Sydney, Australia

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Thu, 08/31/2017 - 17:18 BY Real Gap Experience

So you've had a think about what you're doing with life, studies, your career, the future, and you're still none the wiser, but one thing's for sure – you want to travel. Whether you want to spend a week basking in the Balinese sunshine, or go on a round-the-world year-long trip, there's just one thing standing in your way: your parents...

Perhaps your mum is a perpetual worrier, or your dad thinks you could do with a few more street...

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 11:04 BY Real Gap Experience

So you’re about to jet off on an amazing trip to the other side of the world and you can barely contain your excitement – excellent, that’s exactly how you should be feeling! But now that your family knows you’re going for definite and the fear of waving off their little pumpkin (all 6’2” of you) to mysterious and unknown lands has set in, they’ll need some reassurance you’ll be able to look after yourself while you’re away. So read our top...

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:42 BY Real Gap Experience

<p>Our Sales and Operations Manager Jane recently spent a busy two weeks in <a href="https://www.realgap.co.uk/south-africa"><strong>South Africa</strong></a>. She&#39;s no stranger to the <strong>Rainbow Nation</strong> - Jane has actually been to South Africa <strong>three times</strong> and says that it&#39;s one of her favourite...

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 11:30 BY Real Gap Experience

If the last few months of your life have been dominated by post-it notes, text books, and highlighters, chances are you’re now breathing a sigh of relief as you wave goodbye to revision notes and draughty gym halls for another year. So, exams done and dusted, you can look forward to a bit of chill out in the sunshine – hurrah! But wait, where is the sunshine? Oh well, you might get a few good days over the next couple of weeks – better make some indoor plans just in case though....

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 11:09 BY Real Gap Experience

<p>While we&rsquo;re all unique in our own way, whether you&rsquo;re a surfer that craves a bit of culture in your downtime or a bookworm with a penchant for paragliding, when it comes to travel there really are only two camps that any of us fall into: backpacker or glampacker. You&rsquo;d be forgiven for thinking the only distinguishable difference between these two breeds boils down to the practicality of the luggage they bring with them on their holidays, but you&...

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 12:33 BY Real Gap Experience

You know that feeling of ultimate life affirmation, with the sun beating down on your skin, soft warm sand beneath your toes, and a world so colourful and serene that nothing else in the universe compares to this unique and exquisite moment in time? If your answer is no, then you probably haven’t been to Costa Rica before.

The most biologically intense place on Earth, according to National Geographic, Costa Rica is...

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:43 BY Real Gap Experience

Fancy a holiday? Us too! But we know what you’re thinking – you’ve only got a couple of weeks’ annual leave left at work, your bank balance has seen better days, and your mates have all made other plans – looks like another trip to Benidorm then...

Stop! You deserve better than that. Just because you can’t put your life on hold for six months, or don’t have the budget to jet off around the world for a year, it doesn’t mean to say you can’t travel further than the ‘Costa del all...

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 11:35 BY Real Gap Experience

We chat to a lot of people about their plans and ideas for travel to all sorts of exotic and exciting locations, and, shamelessly blowing our own trumpet (but only a little bit), we’ve helped thousands of people realise and go on their dream travels all over the world. The initial planning phase is a great opportunity for you to ask us any questions (which you should do by the way), but there are some that crop up more often than others, in particular: “Will I be safe as a lone female...

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 12:49 BY Real Gap Experience

Our expert travel team have put together an App Bible for you, which is going to save you a s*** load of money, a ridiculous amount of time and tonnes of space in your backpack... You are welcome! 

Collectively, having travelled to over 180 countries, we’re pretty savvy when it comes to booking hostels last minute, re-arranging flights, transferring that extra bit of money (sorry Mum) and it’s all thanks to...

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 11:06 BY Real Gap Experience

We've all been looking forward to E4's new comedy Gap Year here in the Real Gap Experience office and it did not disappoint! For our travel co-ordinator Hannah, last night's programme was particularly relevant and brought back some great memories of her trip to China on our fantastic ...

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 10:43 BY Real Gap Experience

Fancy winning a Gap Year of a lifetime to our top 3 destinations - Thailand, Bali & Australia? ... silly question right!?

Here are the EPIC trips up for grabs for 1 lucky winner...

Thailand Island Hopping...

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:42 BY Real Gap Experience

Save up to £100 on flights! Hellooooo adventure!

Book your trip and we'll give you a discount of up to £100 to use on flights through our flights team! Once you've booked your trip, we'll send you a discount code. All you...

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 16:21 BY Real Gap Experience

 “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”- A saying everyone should go by. After all, it’s these small acts that make the world go round.

We think it’s important that you guys know how valuable your impact is on our volunteering projects because without you, our special communities all around the world would not be able to achieve what they do today.We...

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 11:11 BY Real Gap Experience

Ella shares her experience with us during her travels, from the process of deciding what destination to visit, when to visit, to booking the trip and flights through our in house flights team...

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Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:54 BY Real Gap Experience

South Africa is a volunteer destination to write home about... so you better get down to good ol' WHSmith because there’s no way you’re not going to want to visit after reading this!

With 18 South African Trips to choose from, it’s safe to say you’re spoilt for choice, so here are 5 super inspirational trips...

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 10:22 BY Real Gap Experience

SAVE up to 25% off top trips:

Based on our previous travellers’ fave destinations, we have a whole page on our site dedicated to our 10 Top Trips! This is no doubt down to personal preference, however, if you’re thinking there are just too many to choose from, this will give you a head up on what's hot this year!

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Fri, 12/09/2016 - 17:28 BY Real Gap Experience

It's true, travel makes you more attractive, sexier and leaves you with an everlasting glow...

Stories:

Travel gives you stories and stories are sexy. There's something of an early-man-around-the-campfire quality to this behaviour, the expression of a basic human impulse to sit down together and share news from elsewhere.Somehow a trip to Tesco’s at the weekend doesn't score as highly as a victorious bungee jump in...

Sun, 11/06/2016 - 09:17 BY Real Gap Experience

Whether you’re in 6th form and beginning to think about your personal statement or you’re just generally thinking about what the future holds for you, there are a lot of questions you might be asking yourself. Is uni for me? What should I study? Should I travel first? Where should I travel...

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 12:34 BY Real Gap Experience

1. It’s so much fun living and working in the same country day in-day out!

Faced by the same mundane tasks that you pretend excite you or spending what feels like every minute of your day in the library and thinking to yourself; “why would I want to leave all this?” right? We get it... moving to beach paradise for a year, sipping on cocktails overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge, with the biggest decision to make being what you’re going to wear that...

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 16:15 BY Real Gap Experience

Want to get behind the scenes and see the REAL China? Blogger Georgia (aka Geeography) has just returned from 28 days on our China Experience and vlogged throughout her whole trip.

Check out her videos below as she travels through China, experiencing everything from The Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors to karaoke bars and Kung Fu Fighting. Be warned though, China will soon become top of your travel bucket list! 

VIDEO: Visiting Lantau Island in Hong...

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 10:59 BY Real Gap Experience

Want to visit somewhere new? Want to be blown away by a remarkably traditional, yet dynamic culture but don’t have much time to travel? Nooo problem. Just call us your Fairy Godmother because we’re about to make this possible! Journey through Japan is a 15 day gateway to Japanese heaven; offering an array of activities, culture...

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 12:24 BY Real Gap Experience

Proof that Thailand is a place that allows you to have your cake and eat it! Definition of saying ‘Have your cake and eat it’: to have or do two good things at the same time that are impossible to have or do at the same time.

A new and improved Thailand Experience itinerary awaits you!  Think bigger, think butter …and a bit busier!

‘How is it possible to get any better?!’ I hear...

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 11:13 BY Real Gap Experience

In case you missed it, last month we sent the wonderful Georgia off to China to represent us as our #REALChinaBlogger. After winning our summer competition with Instax and Cathay Pacific, we sent Georgia off on our 28 day China Experience from Hong Kong, to report back on everything from street food and city life, to Terracotta Warriors and The Great Wall.

Throughout her trip she vlogged and took shared...

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 16:03 BY Real Gap Experience

Get discounts on our five most popular trips! Yep, you read it right guys... we're offering you up to £75 OFF our most popular trips in our September FLASH SALE!

End 2016 in serious style. So whether you want to experience a Full Moon Party, cruise Halong Bay, tick the Taj off the bucket list, work abroad in Australia or get up close the the Big 5 in South Africa, we've got it sorted! Book by...

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 14:07 BY Real Gap Experience

As the UK’s leading gap year and student travel adventure specialists; offering over 200 trips and sending over 50,000 people on adventures abroad, I think it’s safe to say that we can find the perfect trip for you. 

Ever heard of the saying ‘two hands make lighter work’? Well we definitely agree with this, which is why we offer you expert advice in order to create an experience jam-packed with adventure, unforgettable scenery and invaluable opportunities.

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Wed, 09/07/2016 - 13:24 BY Real Gap Experience

This blog is for all the animal lovers out there… So you’re thinking of jetting off somewhere on your gap year, you want it to be constructive (to a certain extent) and you’re a massive fan of wildlife… well look no further, these trips are made for you! 

Volunteering with wildlife is a great way to get closer (both physically and emotionally) with animals you simply don’t have at home. Trust us when we say - you will really make a connection with them. Not...

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 13:43 BY Real Gap Experience

There are so many things to consider when you're planning a trip. Whether you’re heading off for a few weeks of adventure, or full on gap year, you’ll have loads of questions buzzing around your head as you start packing the bags.

At Real Gap Experience we like to think of ourselves as travel experts. Together we’ve travelled to hundreds of countries around the world, experiencing everything from...

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 13:27 BY Real Gap Experience

Not many people know about the hidden gem of Laos. Tucked away off the beaten backpacker route, Laos is the perfect haven for those wanting to experience REAL Asia. Situated between Thailand and Vietnam, it has the same friendly culture and traveller vibe, but expect even more jaw-dropping landscapes, temples, and delicious local cuisine. Plus did we mention the waterfalls and caves?

We recently sent talented videographer Tien on our 13 day...

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 11:41 BY Real Gap Experience

On Instagram we’re always keeping a beady eye out for traveler photos and sharing our favourites (not got involved yet? Check out #myrealexperience). So when we came across Gary’s jaw-dropping photos from his two week South Africa Experience we knew we had to share them with you all. Get ready to have serious travel envy guys. From climbing Table Mountain and witnessing the Big 5, to...

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 14:28 BY Real Gap Experience

Tucked away in the tranquil Surin, our Elephant and Community project in Thailand is the perfect way to get up close to the gentle giants and really make a difference in a community. Customer Kayleigh has just got back from volunteering at the project, so we decided to quiz her on everything from why she picked the trip to must eat dishes.

Over to Kayleigh to tell us all about her travels…...

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 08:14 BY Real Gap Experience

Gap year traveller Sam recently booked onto our popular Cambodia Experience. Continuously voted 10/10 by past customers, we wanted to get behind the REAL reason everyone is head over heels for our 21 day trip. Over to Sam…

I recently booked onto Real Gap Experience’s Cambodia Experience. I had never been to Cambodia before so it was the perfect length (21 days) to explore the country and tick...

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 15:49 BY Real Gap Experience

We first noticed Jess from her STUNNING Instagram photos (check them out here) whilst travelling on our popular ‘Bangkok to Beaches’ trip. Her drool-worthy snaps were making us incredibly envious of all things Thai, from Chang Beer...

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:12 BY Real Gap Experience

So what's it like travelling India?! Well... you'll have all the answers after watching our brand new video, showing exactly why India is such an amazing backpacker destination!
 

Full to the brim with fantastic activities, our India Adventure trip is perfect for those who fancy seeing the 'Real India'...

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 15:48 BY Real Gap Experience

We've got big <3 for BALI and you will too after checking out this awsome video of @heelsinmybackpack's 2016 trip checking out our Bali Beaches tour and more. Travelling on our popular eight day trip, the lovely Kara and her boyfriend Josh travelled from the bustling Kuta, to chilled Ubud and onto the idyllic island of Gili T. Packing in everything from surfing and monkeys, to volcanoes and boat trips it's no wonder it's voted 10/10 by past customers. 

Be warned though, this...

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 10:32 BY Real Gap Experience

Ever wondered what you’d get to see travelling around Thailand and Cambodia? After checking out this blog you’ll be walking away with gorgeous visuals of just some of the views you can find around South East Asia.

Before we get started we’d like to say a huge thanks to one of...

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 12:04 BY Real Gap Experience

Looking to head out on a working holiday in Aus? Our very own Sam is a pro when it comes to all things Australia, and having completed a year working 'Down Under' she is full of useful hints and tips! Check out how she got on below...

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

I’d always...

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 11:05 BY Real Gap Experience

So here we are people, one month on from our epic #REALChinaBlogger competition. Before we announce the lucky winner we would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU for all the incredible entries that came in from all corners of the globe! Making this decision has been extremely difficult, one which we needed the help of our friends over at ...

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 11:07 BY Real Gap Experience

Known as one of the most iconic cities in the world - The Queen of Aus has a special place in our hearts! What do you think about when you hear 'Sydney'... The Opera House, that incredible Harbour Bridge or the surfing paradise that is Bondi Beach?!

To celebrate all that Sydney has to offer, we thought we’d give...

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 14:52 BY Real Gap Experience

The following blog was sent in to us from our two lovely travellers Hannah and Samantha. Having completed our four week Thailand Experience we were thrilled to find out how they got on… 
 

Upon arriving in Bangkok it was busy, interesting and compelling. There was just so...

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 17:58 BY Real Gap Experience

Volunteering with children abroad is an eye opening experience that you will never forget. There are so many reasons why volunteering with children is an amazing thing to do, so we have picked some top reasons why you should do so!

1)      Make A Difference!

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Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:54 BY Real Gap Experience

Let’s be honest, how many of us are craving the life of a travel blogger? Jetting off around the world, capturing incredible photography, visiting all the top travel spots of the globe and generally living life to the full – obviously we’re all pretty jel!
 

It’s time to ask yourself... what’s stopping you?! Ok, so it takes a lot of work to get 10,000 followers on Instagram and living a life of bagging free trips from all the travel biggies – but who’s to say it’...

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 10:32 BY Real Gap Experience

As you guys know… all of us at Real Gap Experience are obsessed with travelling, I mean we are literally hooked on it - our team member Chris is perhaps even more hooked than others! The man called Asia home for twelve months, trust fam, he knows his Cao Lau from his Khao Soi!

After being back in the UK for about eighteen months Chris already felt it was about time to go and visit...

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 15:58 BY Real Gap Experience

The rumours are 100% true! We're offering the AMAZING opportunity to live life as our travel blogger in China this summer.

All you fabulous people have the chance to jump on a Cathay Pacific return flight to China, checking out our incredible ...

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 14:13 BY Real Gap Experience

Is there anyone who hasn't dreamt of travelling India?! With so many star attractions to discover, incredible food on every corner and a super diverse culture, India makes for a killer country to backpack - just watch this footage!

The following videos provide you with stunning visuals across India; starting off in Delhi, visiting the wonder that is the Taj Mahal,...

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 15:25 BY Real Gap Experience

Ok, so you can probably think of a million and one reasons why travelling the world would make you happy, but we just had to share ten of our favourite reasons which we hear again and again from our happy travellers.

Your road to happiness starts here...

 

1) You Meet Loads Of Inspiring People Who Become Your Buddies For Life

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Fri, 04/15/2016 - 16:40 BY Real Gap Experience

We catch up with the lovely travel blogger: Travellerdays. Having checked out our Bali Beaches trip we thought we'd let Hannah give you the gossip on backpacking the beaut that is Bali...

When I booked a trip to South East Asia, I jumped at the chance to add Bali to my...

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 15:11 BY Real Gap Experience

WARNING. The following content is to be read with great concentration and respected in the highest regard.

If you have ever considered travelling to Thailand this blog contains critical information on why it is not a good idea and you should simply stay on home soil, experiencing what you have already experienced so many times before… Here are just a few of the legit reasons not to...

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 17:33 BY Real Gap Experience

Spring is officially here! Time to dust off that outrageously big backpack, clean out the trusty water bottle and frantically attempt to secure your visa or expiring passport before you head out!

To kick start your summer in the right direction, we wanted to give you guys a little treat with spring rolling in (probably these early summer vibes making us a little crazy)…

Introducing the Real...

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 08:59 BY Real Gap Experience

THAILAND!!! The place where backpacking dreams are made into reality (just check this footage). Who doesn't want to set foot on Thailand's beautiful island beaches, walk with elephants through lush jungles or taste the distinct flavours served up in Bangkok's floating markets?!

Found below is some great footage taking you on a backpacking journey through Thailand. In these short videos you'll...

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 10:25 BY Real Gap Experience

It's time to announce the winners of the first #MyRealExperience competition of 2016. Before we get started we would like to say a HUGE THANKS to everyone who entered!

We asked you guys to post your travel photography, videos and even blogs using the hashtag...

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 16:38 BY Real Gap Experience

Yep, you heard us correctly… we are GIVING AWAY A TRIP TO BALI (say whaaat?!).

To be in with a chance of winning head over to the competition page here or click the big 'enter' button below. We'll be picking a winner once the competition has closed on the 20th March, 2016. 
 

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Thu, 03/03/2016 - 11:40 BY Real Gap Experience
ROAD TRIP, ROAD TRIP, ROAD TRIP! Nothing beats a good ol’fashioned road trip across the USA! If you want to experience the very best of the United States and make some great friends along the way, then check out these top six American road trips…
 
Whether you want to watch the sunrise over the Grand Canyon, have some late nights partying in Miami or canoe your way across Lake Louise, we’ve got you covered! With trips from 10 to 63 days, these will...
Mon, 02/29/2016 - 10:50 BY Real Gap Experience

Summer is officially on the way (and we can't wait!). In just a couple of months Europe will come alive with bright, warm evenings where the possibilities are endless.
 

We’ve got so much love for Europe, and rightly so, it has everything from buzzing cities and incredible food to picture perfect coast lines with rolling hills (did we mention the night life?!). Europe is often overlooked for its backpacking potential and it's SUCH a shame as its bang on...

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 12:32 BY Real Gap Experience

New Zealand is home to some of the most breathtakingly beautiful backdrops in the world! What we often don’t realise is the hard work that goes on behind the scenes in conserving these amazing landscapes.

We all love to gaze upon gorgeous scenery, directing our camera lens to capture the stunning surroundings and it’s great we are so appreciative! With this blog we can all learn a little more about what goes on behind the scenes to upkeep these spectacular...

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 11:26 BY Real Gap Experience

<p><strong>We catch up with Zhenya who travelled to Nepal spending her time volunteering abroad as a teacher. What made this experience even more special was the fact she was teaching monks in a Buddhist monastery, located at the base of the Himalayas!</strong><br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Zhenya just so happens to be an incredible photographer - although very modest about it! When the photography from her trip came to us we couldn&#39;t believe...

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 13:03 BY Real Gap Experience

Interested in backpacking Vietnam? We're not surprised the place is just incredible (and these Vlogs prove it)! Here's some great content giving you guys so awesome visuals, along with bucket loads of inspiration for what you can get up to whilst out in Vietnam! Introducing David...

 

"Hey! My names David. I'm 24 from London.  I'm a newly found backpacker with a passion for videography. I wanted...

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 10:49 BY Real Gap Experience
We can’t quite believe it’s been 10 years since the book 'Eat, Pray, Love'  was released. For those who haven’t read the book, or watched the 2010 film adaptation with Julia Roberts, it’s a memoir of a trip around the world after a messy divorce. 
 
Now whilst many of us aren’t quite running away from a divorce, we can’t deny our desire to travel. So, if you want to follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth Gilbert and quite literally Eat, Pray and Love...
Mon, 02/01/2016 - 14:59 BY Real Gap Experience

新年快乐 - Happy Chinese New Year!!!

This year we celebrate the Year of the Monkey! Beginning on February 8th and finishing on January 27th, 2017. Naturally we feel it's the right time to give you a little bit of a background check on the Chinese New Year, along with some epic...

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 16:17 BY Real Gap Experience

Want to explore Australia as part of your gap year or paid work option (er, yes!). Here are three reasons why you NEED to add the Sydney Intro to your travel wish list. At just eight days, you’ll embrace life down under (HELLO BBQs!), make life-long friends and get to grips with arranging paid work abroad. Plus did we mention you can learn to surf?!

Read on for our top four reasons why YOU should join the Sydney Intro trip.
 

1. Watch this...

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 16:02 BY Real Gap Experience

So if you hadn’t already heard the BIG news, we sent the lovely and super talented musician / vlogger Ebony Day  to Thailand for her to film a new music video (which is just incredible) and obviously get away from her hectic London lifestyle by travelling this beaut of a country!

Ebony as always delivered awesome content however by infusing dreamy Thai landscapes these videos are beautiful with...

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 16:08 BY Real Gap Experience

Our MASSIVE January sale is going strong, and with hundreds of you booking your travels for 2016 we thought it’s about time to let you know the top 5 most booked experiences for 2016... If you’re looking to travel the world and not quite sure where to go, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In just a few weeks spaces have been selling out fast, with our infamous Thailand Experience topping the...

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 12:36 BY Real Gap Experience

So it’s that time again guys, everyone is thinking ‘new year, new me’ – so what’s 2016 got lined up for you?

As much as we completely agree with all these New Year resolutions to better yourself, get healthy and get motivated, we also want to drop this bombshell into the mix - why just stick to home soil?! How about you experience something completely new this year, shake things up a little, NO… a lot!

Grab that passport and get ready...

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 13:29 BY Real Gap Experience

Wanderlust can lead you to incredible experiences but it can also be extremely frustrating when on home soil! We all have that burning desire to travel and #seetheworld but unfortunately unless you are one of those lucky few who can do it on a full-time basis (nothing is stopping you) it’s always going to be a balance – that doesn’t necessarily have to be 50/50 though, its’s completely up to you!...

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:06 BY Real Gap Experience

With the arrival of Black Friday and the recent #manonthemoon John Lewis Christmas advert (love it!),  we’ve been getting all excited for the festive season and wondered how we could add to this excitement but also fill you in with some useful travel information?! Well here you are people… this blog is all about the different Moon parties you can experience whilst out in Thailand! "How does this have anything to do with...

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 10:15 BY Real Gap Experience

Tempted to road trip your way around the USA? Before you grab that passport make sure you’ve swatted up on our top 5 films to watch before heading to the United States! Whether you’re wanting to road trip your way through all 50 states, party it up in Las Vegas or experience the bright lights of New York City - these blockbusters will provide you...

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 16:24 BY Real Gap Experience

With all this USA and Boohoo competition hype we thought it would be wise to give you all a little bit of a background check on this amazing country. Here’s a list of 10 must do’s during your time in the US of A – this really was a tough one as there are literally SO many great things to see and do....

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 14:52 BY Real Gap Experience
At HQ we’ve been working hard to organise an exciting new project. Finally, just a few days before she departs we are BEYOND excited to announce that we are sending EBONY DAY to Thailand with the very talented camera team Reload Sessions. 
 
Once you’ve stopped any fan girls screaming at your screen, let us tell you more… At the beginning of the year Ebony liked us on twitter (as everyone should… @...
Mon, 11/09/2015 - 15:45 BY Real Gap Experience

Planning your travels and after some top tips for capturing the best photos? You’re in the right place! 

Your Instagram account has never been more thankful for planning a trip around the world. The stunning beaches, ridiculous views and classic food snaps are all begging to be uploaded! However want to make sure you’ve got the best shot for the optimum number of likes? George is our marketing guru here at...

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 16:17 BY Real Gap Experience

We really, really hope you guys and gals have already stumbled across this crazy good competition, but for those of you who haven’t or want to know a little more about it, here’s the full low-down.

In short you’ll be winning an incredible USA experience (we’ll touch more on this in a sec), but to set you up nicely for your travels will be a £750 Boohoo.com voucher (say-whaaat!) – We are even struggling to believe this! All you need to do is head over to the...

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 14:14 BY Real Gap Experience

How are we Real Gap Experience CrewSo this blog post comes from our good friends at Uni Baggage (experts in shipping all your uni or travel needs around the globe), check it…  

No one likes packing. It’s an unpleasant task at the best of times. Even if you’re just packing...

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 16:58 BY Real Gap Experience

Did someone say ASIA! Just for you guys, we’ve put together a cheeky list touching on seven of the most impressive, culturally rich and occasionally mischievous Asian destinations to firmly stamp on your ‘bucket...

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 14:29 BY Real Gap Experience

#MyRealExperience - GoPro WINNER
 

Hey peeps! First off we would like to say a MASSIVE THANKS for all of your amazing entries into our #MyRealExperience Instagram feed so far! With so many awesome pics to choose from we really did struggle to decide on our GoPro prize winner. On the plus side, keep your Grammin’ up as we’ll be announcing some NEW PRIZES for you soon!
 

*Drumroll please*… CONGRATULATIONS LAURA WINTER!!! We LOVE...

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 12:36 BY Real Gap Experience

We bet if we were to ask you right here, right now where you wanted to go travelling, you'd be able to tell us. (Go on, give it a go).

From there, how do you feel about travelling around the world? (It's a little bit scary, right?). Wrong, sista.

Once you've put a plan of action in place, done you research and sussed out where you want to go, grab a map and put in all your 'I HAVE TO GO HERE OR ELSE' locations in to the great abyss. This will tell you whether...

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 10:03 BY Real Gap Experience

Thinking about travelling abroad over the winter period? If you're not too sure whether to head abroad over the Christmassy period, here's some advice as to how you can facilitate your time away.

Not too sure where to go?

We feel your pain. There's so much choice out there that sometimes it can feel a bit overwhelming to find your perfect travel destination. Need a little hand?

We think you should go to Thailand if: you want to party...

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 13:06 BY Real Gap Experience

It's September, and it's already cold, windy and wet.

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Thu, 09/24/2015 - 10:09 BY Real Gap Experience

Thinking of volunteering in northern Thailand with us? Past volunteers Melissa and Becky took part in our 'Childcare Volunteers' program and after having such an amazing time, decided to talk us through their schedules in the gorgeous Surin. 

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Wed, 09/23/2015 - 16:41 BY Real Gap Experience

If you’re booked on to one of Real Gap Experience's volunteering trips this year, you’ll probably be...

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 16:24 BY Real Gap Experience

Looking to do something with a bit of 'roar'? Volunteering with wildlife is as good as it gets... check...

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 16:03 BY Real Gap Experience

Looking to explore somewhere a bit different? Head to Nepal. From the incredible Himilayas to the...

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 13:38 BY Real Gap Experience

 

Why did you pick the project?

The variety of this trip really interested me and the fact that the project was so hands on was great! You truly got to experience “reserve life” and got to know the animals, staff and children well.

Highlight?

How could I choose?! Seeing Tafika the black rhino on her 4 month birthday, dancing with the locals during a traditional Shona culture evening, meeting amazing people, having...

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:11 BY Real Gap Experience

Hey everyone I’m Arron!

I’m here to tell you all about the brand new Cambodia Experience that is happening right now! But before I do, let me tell you a little bit about myself...

I have lived in the sunny city of Leicester for most of my life. It’s a great place with a lot going on, but it’s very rarely going to suppress the adventurer in you, if you know what I mean?

I stumbled...

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:58 BY Real Gap Experience

Solo Travelling?

Meet your new travelling companion…… your Bag!

This month we’ve partnered up with our mates at Nomad to give away a massive prize. Haven’t entered yet? Head here!

In the meantime, our pals at Nomad have written a blog post for us outlining their experiences. Thanks guys!

I have travelled and explored in many ways. With...

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 16:02 BY Real Gap Experience

Here at Real Gap Experience, we’re all so interested in learning more about wildlife. To mark ‘World Turtle Day’ we thought we’d share with you our favourite thirteen facts about turtles – check out fact 2!

1• Sea turtles have roamed the planet for around 100 million years surviving the Ice Age

2• Turtles migrate 100s of miles (if not thousands) from their feeding ground to nest – with...

Thu, 06/06/2013 - 10:28 BY Real Gap Experience

Packing

Preparing for your summer adventure can be a task and a half, so- because all of us Real Gappers are ridiculously nice- we’ve put together a top class guide to help you get into order. Today we’re going to be talking about all things ‘packing’- so get your backpack/suitcase in gear and let’s get ready to roll (...those suitcases through departures)!

‘Case, or backpack? We’d usually always go with the latter, but it really does...