Footsteps of the Inca – the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Introduction Machu Picchu, Lost City of the Inca: one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, Relatively new, anyway – the fabled mountain citadel was constructed six hundred years ago as the spiritual heart of the powerful Inca Empire. It is thought to have survived the Spanish colonisation that all but destroyed the Inca civilisation, lying hidden in the … Read More

Everest Base Camp Challenge – Participants’ FAQs

Introduction Compared to its larger Asian neighbours, Nepal might not seem like much. Yet this small country is a land of giants. Here live elephants and rhinoceros; snow leopards and tigers; crocodiles and pythons; and, as legend has it, the dreaded yeti.

5 Reasons To Make Costa Rica Your Next Travel Destination

‘Pura Vida’ ’is the national expression of Costa Ricans, a catch-all phrase that can mean anything from ‘hello’ to ‘that’s awesome’. Its literal translation is Pure Life, a term that captures the essence of this, the world’s greenest – and happiest – country; small but bursting at the seams with life.

Volunteering in Thailand on a gap year

Courtney’s Experience Volunteering in Thailand

Courtney joined the Gapforce Thailand Adventure gap year program in the summer of 2016. As a fulltime Geography graduate student and regular traveller documenting her adventure on her blog, we were delighted that she took a moment to share…

Volunteering With Children in Ghana

A Gap Year In Ghana: An Insight From Elinor Raeside [REPOST]

I made the decision to take a gap year in 2015 whilst in my last year of A Levels, when I was declined by all five of the universities I had applied for to study midwifery due to a lack of work experience. I was actually pretty relieved…

Red eyed tree frog Costa Rica

Tales From a Jungle Survivor – by Michela Vincent

After a stressful, delayed flight to San Jose and a morning spent hanging out with my new wilderness medicine pals, the trip, for me really kicked off on our 4 hour bus ride to the Caribbean coast. The views were spectacular; I couldn’t tear my eyes from the road. The rapidly changing…

The best Folie Douce trip yet

The Best Folie Douce Trip Yet

It is safe to say that our stress levels had intensified as we came towards the business end of our BASI level 2 examinations. Although, Hen’s return definitely did help to lighten the mood, as did our BASI examiner Will, who proved to be a revelation as far as the girls in the group were concerned…