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Who we are

Real Gap Experience is about challenging yourself, broadening your horizons, learning new skills and seeing new things in a new light. It's a unique opportunity to do something different, whether you've got two weeks or two years.

We help like-minded young travellers to see more of the real world, do more with their time and become enriched by the experience. Working abroad. Adventure travel. Volunteering. Sports. Adrenaline. See the world your way because it's a travel experience like no other and one that stays with you for life.


The Real Gap Experience Team

Emma Kerkin - Travel Advisor

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Emma has travelled to Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Dubai, South Africa, Bermuda and many destinations in Europe. Her trip highlights include, volunteering at a local day care centre in Cape Town, seeing the Big 5 at Kruger's National Park and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of Koh Tao. Emma takes care of sales for the Real Gap Experience brand and loves sharing her experiences and helping others plan their dream trips!

  • Number of countries visited - 18
  • Favourite Destination: Australia - because of the relaxed lifestyle and friendly people, amazing beaches and snorkeling, stunning scenery and the adventure activities.
  • Best Travel Moment: Being just a metre away from a herd of Elephants drinking from a watering hole in their natural environment.
  • Next Adventure: Peru - Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Chris - Product Marketing Manager

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Chris looks after the product content for the website, liaising with overseas partners to get fresh marketing material, whilst also producing sales materials, overseeing product development opportunities, and working on improvements to the customer experience to make sure our travellers have the best experience possible before and after booking! When not in the office he has a keen interest in photography and also being in the great outdoors. Chris has travelled to Europe, North America, Asia, and Australasia.

  • Number of countries visited - 16
  • Favourite Destination: Italy - good food and incredible history.
  • Best Travel Moment: Road tripping through rural America
  • Next Adventure: Norway - to experience some of the world's best landscapes and scenery!

Katie Penberthy - Operations & Product Manager

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Katie puts her globetrotting kudos to good use at Real Gap Experience, making sure everything is in order before our customers jet off! She's been to a whopping 5 continents, visiting exotic locations such as South Africa, Israel and Cuba! Her travel highlights include an road trip around Jordan and experiencing the adrenaline activities in Slovenia. Katie spent her gap year teaching across South East Asia before graduating with a BA in International Development, so she knows what it takes to plan an awesome adventure! It's this knowledge that ensures our travellers explore the world confidently and can bank on an incredible Real Gap Experience with Katie dedicated to every step of their journey.

  • Number of countries visited - 34
  • Favourite Destination: Vietnam - The hospitality of the local people and the amazing food!
  • Best Travel Moment: Hiring an electric bike and whizzing through the countryside in Myanmar
  • Next Adventure: Seeing some parts of South America - hopefully Bolivia!

Katie G - Assistant Operations Manager

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Katie got the travel bug in 2009 when she spent a month Interrailing around Europe, and since then has travelled to countries across 5 different continents. Having started work in the travel industry in 2013, she then took a break in 2015 to spend a year in Australia where she lived in Sydney - 5 minutes from the beautiful Bronte Beach and worked as an au pair/personal hair stylist to two little girls (and their older brother). Other travel highlights include camping on the Great Wall of China, seeing the Big 5 on Safari in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, and doing a cross country trip in the USA from San Francisco to New York. Talking about and planning travel is her absolute favourite thing to do, so working for Real Gap Experience and getting to help others plan the trip of a lifetime really is her dream job!

  • Number of countries visited - 31
  • Favourite Destination: New Zealand - easily the most beautiful place I've been, the people are crazy friendly, and you'll never run out of exciting things to do!
  • Best Travel Moment: Throwing myself out of a plane at 16,500 feet...so good I did it twice.
  • Next Adventure: Either climbing Kilimanjaro (I'm still kicking myself for not doing it the first time I was in Tanzania!) or exploring South America.

James Jeremy - Technical Director

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James is in charge of everything technical at Real Gap. From making sure the websites are up to scratch to fixing a dripping tap. He ensures all the systems are running well and that you the customer gets the right information, at the right time, in the right format. James has spent most of his working career in the gap year industry starting 2004. He has travelled to many places and seen lots of Asia, Africa, Europe and Australasia.

  • Number of countries visited - 25
  • Favourite Destination: Wales - (yes that is Wales in UK = awesome motorbiking)
  • Best Travel Moment: Temple Tour in Cambodia on dirt bikes
  • Next Adventure: Probably a trip to Wales to yes, ride dirt bikes ;)

Jane Mclellan - Operations Director

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Jane is an avid traveller, having taken 3 gap years and worked abroad. She brings her passion for adventure and knowledge of travelling to Real Gap Experience, where her job is to make sure gap year travellers get safe, interesting and unique programmes that deliver big on the fun factor. Jane has been working in the gap year travel industry since 2003, and has written about her own amazing globetrotting experiences. Her gap year highlights include an epic round the world adventure and trips to South and Central America and Africa! Jane makes it her priority to visit all of the destinations on offer at Real Gap Experience and knows the people who run the projects, tours and accommodations personally, making sure her travellers are always in good hands!

  • Number of countries visited - 46
  • Favourite Destination: Australia - Food, wine, amazing beaches, incredible wildlife, surfing, scuba diving, sailing & sunshine!
  • Best Travel Moment: Bolivia, 3 day 4WD adventure on the salt-flats
  • Next Adventure: South Africa - Safari in Kruger National Park