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 tips for staying safe on your travels, remember and...Read More
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Our Sales and Operations Manager Jane recently spent a busy two weeks in South Africa. She's no stranger to the Rainbow Nation - Jane has actually been to South Africa three times and says that it's one of her favourite destinations becuase of the amazing wildlife, food and wine!
As many of our programmes start, end or are based in Cape Town, Jane thought she would share her top tips for things to do in the Mother City…
Table Mountain is the most iconic landmark of South...Read More
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.
You could...Read More
While we’re all unique in our own way, whether you’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’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’d be wrong. Although with common interests:...Read More
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 home to some of the most spectacular vistas and incredible species in the...Read More
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 inclusive’ –...Read More
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...Read More
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 these easy-to-use apps. So, we’ve rounded up our favourite apps that will help you...Read More
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 China Experience a couple of years back! Here’s what she had to say:
I was a little worried that Gap Year was going to paint backpackers and gap years in a bad light but luckily the show got it just right! I mean...Read More
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 - Enjoy 15 days visiting some of Thailand's best beaches, snorkelling in the clear waters off the sandy coastline of Koh Tao, party on Koh Phangan, the home of the Full Moon Party and relax on the stunning Railay Beach (dreamy!)
Bali Beaches - Take a boat around the Gili Islands and enjoy a...Read More