To help you kick start your summer in the right direction, we have pulled together some top destinations and experiences full of drool worthy travel inspiration.

Get the bucket list ready guys, these are pretty epic. 

Whether you want to escape the routine 9-5, or have something to get you through studying – get your spot saved whilst it’s on sale!

Check out our unmissable trips for summer and ignite your wanderlust...


1. Thailand

Summer destinations

Thailand is top of most travellers’ wish lists – and we can certainly see why!

From the bright lights of Bangkok, Khao San Road and jaw dropping temples to the mesmeric sandy beaches and full moon parties, Thailand is a MUST DO. Plus did we even mention the food? Drool worthy street food, fresh coconuts and pad thai to write home about. You’ll never want to leave!

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2. Vietnam

Discover the highlights of Vietnam from north to south. This incredibly diverse country has backpackers falling in love with its colourful cities, intriguing history and friendly culture.

Make sure Halong Bay is top of your list for this UNESCO site provides the most picture perfect landscape in Asia with emerald green waters and limestone islets. Experience its tranquillity cruising around the castaway islands and finish with some well-deserved chill time on the Mui Ne beaches.  

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3. Cambodia

We’ve got a lot of love for Cambodia and its unique culture. Combing its troubled history with unmissable sites is truly absorbing. The World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat is top of every backpackers bucket list, and nothing beats the tranquillity of watching the sun rise over these temples. Make sure you leave yourself enough time to soak up Siem Reap before heading to Sihanoukville for stunning coastline and chilled out beach bar vibes.

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4. South Africa

Africa. Expect unspoilt landscapes, wildlife and an experience that will quite literally take your breath away.

You can find a diverse range of trips across Africa, with one of the most popular options being wildlife volunteering where you can get up close to impressive animals and tick off the Big 5. Volunteering in Africa at a wildlife sanctuary lets you hang out with big cats such as cheetahs, leopards and get involved with activities to help rehabilitate the animals. Set in a private game reserve expect views across the distant mountain ranges and the rugged Savannahs.

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5. Costa Rica

If you want to see all that Costa Rica has on offer, get booked onto a popular tour of Costa Rica.

On trips you’ll get to take in some of the country’s 800 mile coastline as you learn to surf the waves, before getting the adrenaline pumping as you zip line through luscious jungles and witness the active Arenal Volcano. Plus you’ll get stuck in volunteering at an awesome sea turtle conservation project – trust us, releasing baby turtles into the wild is a once in a lifetime experience!

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Can't Decide? Go Round The World!

Want to see it ALL?! Yeah we don’t blame you!

Check out world trips where you can combine countries China, IndonesiaAustralia, New Zealand and road tripping in the USA sound into one massive adventure. When it comes to going round the world Real Gap Experience can create the perfect trip that suits your travel needs, time and budget so whatever you want to take a gap year or go wherever you want, we can help make it happen!