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Why YOU Should Volunteer with Children

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!

We all want to make a difference and give something back. Volunteering with children is extremely rewarding and can change you as a person. The children can learn so much from the volunteers and they will enjoy your company as much as you...

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Stay Safe Abroad with The Gap Safety Course

At the start of the summer we sent our mate Cristina (from the other side of the office) to our Gap Safety Course so she could check it out. She was due to head to Hondrus solo, and was slightly nervous about travelling alone. Check out how she got on below!

Hola! My name is Cristina; I have just come back from the experience of a lifetime in Honduras. I have spent a month working for a nursery in a small village on the northern coast of Honduras. Before leaving I was quite nervous, especially...

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#myrealexperience - Instagram Competition

We've absolutely LOVED checking out our entries in our Instagram competition over the summer months, and now there's only three weeks to go until our beloved #myrealexperience comp closes, we thought we'd show you all our favourite 10 so far!

And in no particular order...

We love @simonedavies snap from the Thailand Experience last month. (CAN WE COME ALONG TOO PLEASE?)

We knew Thailand would show it's face again, except this time @annbear_k's the one behind the camera!

We love this snap from

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#myrealexperience: Thailand Experience

The Thailand Experience is legendary around these parts, and when the lovely Ollie, a guy who works for our sister company JCA wanted to jump on board, it was an offer we couldn't refuse. Last month he headed out on an adventure of a lifetime, so when he got back (and admittedly, was a little depressed to be sitting back at a desk rather than on the beach) - we thought we'd ask him how he got on.

Why do you choose do go on the Thailand Experience?
I’ve always wanted to travel to South East...
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12 Reasons Why You HAVE to Do The New Zealand Experience


And to show you all that the New Zealand Experience is one of the best adventures that the world has ever seen, here's 12 reasons why the place is a massive dreamboat/you should literally all go on this trip, now.

1) You haven't travelled until you've seen New Zealand 

New Zealand is just.... perfect. We properly fangirl after it in the Real Gap office; half of us will say outright that it's our favourite country. Heck, RG's Louisa wants to move there, except.... she's...

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The Emotional Journey of Booking a Gap Year

THE FUTURE. Together, these are probably the two scariest words in the world. Perhaps you didn't get the results you were after, or you aren't too sure where to go next? Either way, HELP IS AT HAND.

If you're thinking of travelling - but you aren't massively sure if you can do it just yet, here are the emotions that'll probably run through your head once you've booked your BRILLIANT gap year.


You'll think about it (and it'll hurt your brain a bit)

Your mate tells you travelling's the...

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9 Reasons Why Results Day Shouldn't Terrify You

Results day, 2015. It’s nearly here. (INSERT RUDE WORD HERE). 
It crept up on us big style, and now it's just around the corner. You're probably a bit nervous/scared/anxious/everything, right?! Except for the fact that you shouldn’t be.
Here are our top 9 reasons WHY we reckon you should take Results Day on the chin and give it the what for!
1) We’ve all been there. If anything Results Day 2015 should be the one thing which binds us human beings together. We all know that, in between those...
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Let's Get Laos'd: Our brilliant facts about the magnificent Laos

HEY THERE, BEAUT. We've been wanting to suss you out for ages, but it just didn't seem possible. You were too 'out there'. Too undiscovered. But now, it's time.


We're so excited to launch our brand new adventures, especially as it's been a firm country favourite of the Real Gap Experience team for absolute donkeys (you can barely shut Louisa up about her time out there. It's properly runs deep, y'know?)

So after a bit of badgering, a bit of investigating and after spending months...

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RG's Nikki - Tips on Travel in South America

As RG's Nikki is brand new to the Real Gap family, we decided to quiz her on her six months in South America, which she did last year. It's safe to say that all of us who haven't been to South America before are now desperate, and those that have want to go again!

Your biggest must do in South America?
The Inca Trail – spending 4 days trekking through cloud forests, sub-tropical forests and mountain landscapes was both physically and mentally tiring, butut the views were absolutely amazing....

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RG's Guide to Safety Abroad

You may think, “safety” oh, this is a blog for the parents… and yes, it is important for them to read through, but in actual fact, you are the one who will be travelling, you are the one who will have to think on their feet if you get into any sticky situations and it will be you who is peeling profusely if you get super sunburnt somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere!

There are load s of forums and blogs you can read to give you great travel tips, but sometimes you can feel like you’re...

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