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FAQs

Buzzing with questions about your next real travelling adventure? Fire away! 

We've compiled a list of our most frequently answered questions to help you on your journey. Make sure you check the detailed information for your chosen trip as well as on our website or better still jump on a call or a Live Chat with our travel team. 

Q. Do I have to travel alone or can I bring a friend?

All of our trips are suitable for both solo travel or travelling with friends (if you can get them organised). Solo travel is an amazing way to accomplish your travelling dreams, without ever really being alone. You’ll be part of a group of like-minded travellers and our trips help you to meet tonnes of new travel mates on your journey, who all have the one thing in common: they ALL love travelling!

Q. When do I need to book my flights?

We recommend booking your flights as soon as you have received your final booking confirmation from Real Travelling (but not before). The earlier you book the better, as you will have more choice and get cheaper deals. Our partner flights team, Real Flights, can give you flight advice or help you find the best deals. Give them a call on 01892 277037 or email [email protected]

Q. Can I pay for my trip in instalments?

Yes, we offer a payment plan for most of our trips which means that you can book with a £49 deposit and then pay the rest of your balance off in equal monthly instalments (the last payment will be due the month before you travel). Please note that some of our programmes require a larger deposit, so do check the T&Cs of each trip.

Q. How soon do I need to book?

As soon as you have decided on your trip, we recommend booking as soon as possible as spaces and dates are limited, and popular trips book up quickly.

Q. What is the best way to take money abroad?

It’s best to take some cash in the local currency of the country you are travelling to, or take some GB Pounds or US Dollars. Most countries have ATMs so you can withdraw cash (check how much your bank charges for you to do this), or you might want to bring a prepaid overseas card to reduce transaction fees. We always recommend taking two cards with you - just in case!

Q. Will my iPhone/smartphone work abroad?

Check with your phone provider for any extra charges, and consider using a local SIM card while you are abroad (make sure your phone is unlocked before you head off). Many travellers choose to buy a cheap pay-as-you-go phone abroad for use while travelling, so you don’t risk losing your expensive handset.

Q. Will I need travel injections?

All travellers should visit their GP or travel clinic around 6-8 weeks before travelling to seek medical advice about necessary injections or medication required for your trip.

Q. Do I need a visa?

You should check all your individual destinations' visa requirements well in advance of your trip. For detailed visa information about all the countries we travel to visit The Foreign and Commonwealth Office website Click here to go to the FCO page

Q. Will there be Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi access is available on the majority of our trips, though quality and strength can vary! If you have a destination in mind, or have already booked your trip, our travel advisors can tell you more about Wi-Fi access in your chosen destination.

Q. Where can I store my valuables?

Lockers are usually available at your accommodation, or you can usually leave your valuables in your accommodation's office safe. We recommend you take a padlock with you when you travel, and leave any expensive jewellery or other items at home.

Q. What are the typical ages of travellers?

Our trips mostly appeal to people in their mid to late 20s, though ages can range from 18 to mid 30s and up. Some trips have an age restriction, and you can find this in the programme information on our website. If you have any age-related questions, then don't hesitate to contact us.

Q. How big are the groups I’ll travel with?

Group sizes vary from trip to trip, and you can find out the group size for each individual programme page on our website. Most of our trips include a welcome meeting when you arrive, so you'll get a chance to meet the rest of your group and start making friends right away.

Q. Do I need to get travel insurance?

Yes! All of our travellers must have travel insurance before departing on our trips, so make sure you get yours as soon as you’ve received your booking confirmation. Insurance will cover you while you’re away but it can cover you for issues such as trip cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. We offer our own travel insurance policy, so do take a look. You are welcome to source your own insurance, just make sure it covers you for everything included in your trip.

Q. When do I need to arrive?

In most cases, you’ll need to arrive in your destination on day 1 of your itinerary. On most programmes, you can arrive early if you want to and our travel advisors can advise you on booking any extra nights' accommodation. 

Q. Suitcase or a backpack?

Backpacks are normally the best choice, as they are easier to carry, more flexible, and fit easily into lockers or small spaces. If you decide to take a suitcase, take a soft canvas one rather than a hard suitcase.

Q. What should I pack?

Read your trip information carefully to get a good overview of what things you’ll be doing – and what temperatures to expect – on your travels. We’ve also got a handy ‘packing like a pro’ guide for you too.

Got more questions? Speak to a friendly travel advisor on Live Chat, get in touch by phone on 01892 280555 or email us at [email protected]

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