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Travelling Solo

If you love travelling as much as we do, you're probably starting to think about getting as far away from home as possible. You're probably a bit bored of daily life, are sick to the sight of your home town and have been dreaming about *that* beach for as long as you can remember. There's just one problem....
Nobody you know wants to go travelling.
Or at least, they don't want to go with you/you don't want to go with them.
Well, we're here to tell you that it's NOT you. We're all different, and actually some people just don't 'get' the whole travelling thing. We're not all born with our adventure caps on, prepared to drop our lives at the drop of 'that cap' to see it all. But there is one thing you certainly can do - travel solo.
Just the thought of those two words sitting together on a page usually makes people shudder. Really, travelling ALONE? Luckily with us, travelling solo isn't really 'a thing'. 70% of all of our customers travel on their own, but as soon as they arrive in country they then meet tonnes of new travel mates who all have the one thing in common you didn't have with the people back at home. They ALL love travelling!
If you're considering travelling 'solo', we have loads of options for you:
Experience trips: Our experience trips are simple; they involve big groups going out to explore one country, together. Best thing is that barely anybody knows each other before they land, so everybody makes friends straight away.
Paid WorkA common solo traveller effort is that of the paid work variety - ie, you travel to Australia, settle down and get a job for 12 months. Simple. Except, Australia is pretty far away and actually, living on the other side of the world is pretty scary. Not! On our Paid Work in Australia programme, you'll get the chance to meet loads of other travelers who are in EXACTLY the same boat as you and on the intro week, you'll get to do loads of cool stuff together. Bonzer.
Learn a new skill/do your bit/chuck yourself in at the deep endWhilst you're out and about, you may as well do something really cool...right? You could learn to speak Spanish in Costa Rica, pick up a PADI and scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef, or you could volunteer and make a difference to a community over on the other side of the world. Either way, by doing something outside of your comfort zone you're going to talk to new people, get to know the culture of the country in question and have a great time.
How we can help:
Our Real Gap Experience team have all been there, done that and got the t-shirt. We've all been travelling on our own, so hit us up and we'll dish out the best advice we have to offer.
Once you're all booked on to a trip of a lifetime you'll receive log in details to your online account, where you can swat up on everything to do with your trip. You can also join our country specific Facebook groups to chat to others doing the same as you and on some trips you'll receive a buddy list with the contact details of your fellow travellers before you go. So really, it's not so scary after all. You'll know each others life stories before you even touch down in country - sorted.
Case Study
Name: Danielle
Age: 22
First Real Gap Experience Project: Community work with young children in Moshi, Tanzania
Story: I first met the Real Gap Experience team at the Adventure Travel show when I was 18 and after some serious deliberation, decided to go to Tanzania and volunteer on a community project in Moshi. The guys on the team were great in helping me make my choice!
I wanted to travel by myself because I wanted to do something amazing. I really wanted to learn more about myself and to see the world. Since a young age I’ve always wanted to make a difference and the first opportunity that I got I booked my flights.
I think travelling by yourself makes you a lot more independent - you have to rely on yourself and you have to make your own decisions. I don’t think that I would’ve learnt so much about myself if I’d gone away with friends. When you travel by yourself you meet so many people because you are in a situation where you want to meet others. Most of the people that you talk to are very like-minded and I’ve made some amazing friends that I’m still in contact with now.
I definitely think that it makes you more mature because you get to see and experience things that you wouldn’t have when you are at home and relying on others. I love the freedom and opportunities that it gives you, and I’ve been travelling solo since!