This year, the emphasis is on big experiences in small time spans. Whatever stage in life they are at, be it fresh out of college, straight from uni, or in between jobs, future gappers are looking to cram as much as possible in to the shortest space of time. And because Real Gap Experience wants to help ensure that gappers get the whole cake and eat it too, 18 new trips have been designed, with sprinkles and cherries on top.
Many of the new trips are based on 4 week durations, span 3 or more different destinations, and include professional tour guides to ensure that the best bits (both on and off the tourist trail) are not missed.
Real Gap Experience's gap experts have worked hard to ensure that the trips offer an attractive balance of fun, adventure, culture and even a bit of hard work, so that all gappers will return home with travel credentials to impress any future employer.
New trips on offer: Botswana Experience; Jakarta to Ubud; Tanzania experience; Bangkok to Bali; Ghana Experience; Ghana Teaching Volunteering; Ghana Childcare Volunteering; Namibia Medical Internship; Japan Paid Work; Delhi to Kathmandu; Nepal Experience; Sri Lanka Experience; Sri Lanka Elephant and Community Volunteers; Scenic Vietnam; Vietnam Childcare Volunteers; Australia Internship; Peru Inca Trail Experience.
Here is a taster of some of the new trips on offer:
Bangkok to Bali:
For those that want to experience it all in just a short space of time, this 28 day trip is the solution. Travellers can make their way through Bangkok, Singapore and arrive in Bali on this undeniable voyage of discovery, soaking up traditional cultures and revelling in the exotic flavours of each region. With golden temples and saffron-robed monks, soft white sand beaches and bright blue skies, tantalising spicy food and a host of shopping spots, Real Gap Experiences' journey from Thailand to Indonesia, via the Malay Peninsula, is sure to delight.
It's a trip full of experiences that are guaranteed to create lasting memories. Who could forget spending a night in the wilds of Khao Sok, one of Thailand's National Parks which just happens to be the oldest evergreen forest in the world, or trekking up Mt Bromo, blissing out on Krabi's gorgeous beaches, absorbing Thai culture to the max at a home-stay, watching the first rays of daylight break over Borobudur Temple and taking a trishaw through the historic Streets of Melaka.
Price start from Â£1,970 per person, land only for 28 days, including: all accommodation (hotel, guesthouse, overnight sleeper train, homestay); some meals (6 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners); airport transfers; professional tour guide and 24 hour support.
This Botswana Experience will take travellers on an awe inspiring journey through Botswana and into Zambia, visiting one of Africa's best safari destinations and having the opportunity to experience some of the unique sights and sounds that only Botswana has to offer. Camping and sleeping out under the stars, taking in the stunning African skies, is just one of many memories created on this trip.
The itinerary includes exploring the famous Okavango Delta, make lifelong friends with the locals in Maun whilst volunteering at one of a number of community projects. And top it all off, an exhilarating finale is a trip to Livingstone, Zambia, home of the mighty Victoria Falls â€“ the adrenaline capital of Africa!
Price start from Â£1,999 per person, land only for 4 weeks, including: all accommodation (tents, lodge, home stay); all meals (excluding meals in Livingstone); airport transfers; professional tour guide and 24 hour support.
This is the perfect trip to get a real taste of Nepal, combining culture with adventure. It includes sightseeing in World Heritage sites; Kathmandu and Chitwan National Park, as well as the stunning Himalayan region of Pokhara. To ease travellers into this amazing culture the first few days will include language lessons, cultural information and some sightseeing of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.
After a few days of orientation in Kathmandu the adventure starts outside of the city, with a day and half of white water rafting on the Trisuli River, followed by a night under the stars camping on the banks of the river. An elephant safari in Chitwan National park is next on the agenda, and may include a chance to see the One-horned Rhino and probably a few monkeys too. While in Chitwan, travellers will also get to go on a jungle walk and see the cultural side to the area with a Tharu Cultural Dance.
Heading out of Chitwan and on to Pokhara, an amazing mountain experience awaits; 5 days trekking in the Annapurna region of the Himalayan Mountains, heading as high as 3600 metres. During the trek the Tamang culture will come alive and travellers will revell in the opportunity to stay in the traditional tea houses en-route, before heading to Pokhara and volunteering in the community.
Price start from Â£1,199 per person, land only for 28 days, including: all accommodation (tents, guest house, traditional tea house and home-stay); some meals (Breakfast x 25, Lunch x 15, Dinner x 16); airport transfers; white water rafting; language lessons; 5 day Annapurna trek; professional tour guide and 24 hour support.