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!
It’s often thought that once you’ve completed your ‘Gap Year’ or ‘Gap Years’ (wink wink) that your time for expansive travel is up – WRONG! This is SO not true… in fact it’s just the beginning. Don’t let routine and commitments restrict you, you simply have to work around or with them. Many companies and universities now embrace the concept of travel breaks and even sabbaticals BUT we’re not even suggesting you do that!
Here’s your answer… Short Trips! These little beauties have been set up to keep your wanderlust at a more than satisfied level but without disrupting your career or other personal endeavours. These ‘jam-packed’ adventures show you the highlights a country has to offer! Running from as little as 8 days and up to a maximum of 17 days they are easy to fit in without putting off loads of plans or taking up all your allocated holiday. If you’re already on your travels or fancy taking some time out for travelling – why not link these trips together or add on to the end of other adventures.
Want to know where you could be exploring? All is revealed below.
This Indonesian treasure is a province however many confuse the island as being a country - probably due to its reputation of being so iconic! Bali is crammed full with beaches, surfing, diving but it’s the spirit of Bali and the Balinese people that make it so ridiculously awesome! Our Bali short trip is 8 days of pure paradise and of course partying when you fancy it. Some spots which you will get to see are the world famous surf location of Kuta, the chilled and cultural hub of Ubud and the beautiful snorkelling utopia that is Gili Trawangan.
A new stomping ground for travellers in Asia, Cambodia is developing quickly, moving away from its troubled past. There’s a newly developed culture which embraces travellers with open arms but the rich history and heritage is still very much apparent. With development comes the opportunity to help, there are bucket loads of volunteer opportunities in Cambodia. Our Cambodia highlights trip will show you this cultivated backpacking paradise in 10 days, you’ll get to see the amazing Angkor temples, backpacking town of Siem Reap and the coastline wonders of Sihanoukville.
Need we say anymore?! China is filled with famous locations, cultural richness and adventures waiting to be had. It’s a destination which is simply a must do for everyone, with such diversity it’s a fascination of the western world. Our Beijing to Shanghai highlights trip is 9 days in total and will have you captivated by this huge country. You’ll get to camp on the Great Wall, explore the capital of Beijing and check out the largest city in the world, Shanghai.
Filled with authenticity but also undergoing constant transformation India is a country that really is a must see. The cuisine, the people and heritage have inspired many other cultures. The country is often misconceived with many travel possibilities overlooked. The best way to experience a country is always to go there, so why not?! You can visit India from a minimum of 1 week on our Goa Beach Adventure showing you beautiful beaches, world heritage architecture not to mention a huge party scene! This trip is the perfect add on to our India experience.
Want to go somewhere a bit different and a little undiscovered? Well Laos is the one. It’s got a fresh and exciting feel, blending a South East Asia feel with a new twist. Thrill seekers, wildlife enthusiasts and foodies you will all fall in love with this place! It’s is currently one of the most authentic destinations in Asia. Our little Laos Experience is 13 days long taking you to Luang Prabang recognised as SE Asia’s best preserved city and surrounded by stunning scenery such as waterfalls and rivers. You’ll also get to hit up Vang Vieng which can simply be described as a backpacker’s safe haven, located on the Nam Song River with activities to keep your adrenaline high!
The life and soul of Asia’s backpacking scene, Thailand is perfect for first time and experienced travellers out there. It’s filled with traditional treasures but has a sense of western familiarity. This amazing country has it all; the hustle and bustle of Bangkok with its markets, temples and royal palace! Northern Thailand with its rural simplicity, beautiful landscapes, jungles and wildlife and finally not forgetting the unbelievable islands in southern Thailand – you’ve probably heard all about them; Full Moon Parties, boat trips and snorkelling galore! We’ve got Thailand trips running from just 10 days taking you from Bangkok to Beaches!
If you are looking for a country that offers more than just sun, sea and sand this is it! Vietnam is of course famous for its war history and rightly so – the memorials and battlefields are amazing however there is a lot more to uncover! Halong Bay for example is a spectacular scatter of islands towering out of the Gulf of Tonkin topped with greenery to create an incredibly picturesque location. There’s also Ho Chi Minh, a city filled with culture and energy. You’ll see street food, markets, temples and even skyscrapers. You can travel round southern Vietnam in as little as 10 days with our highlights trip.
Our advice… well… do you really want to wake up one day and think ‘I wish I had done that’? With these short trips you don’t have to put your ‘life on hold’, you'll just be integrating travel into it (win)!
Why not have a chat with one of our travel advisors?!
See you out there,
Team Real Gap Experience