Why I didn’t do a gap year

I think a gap year is a great idea… if you have the money. You have to take an entire year out and funding that year isn’t going to be the easiest job in the world, so why not go about it another way? I’ve got a few alternatives for you! BY EMILY JONES Study […]

Travel Tattoos – everything you need to know

Nearly everyone you meet while travelling either has travel tattoos or wants them. I’ve got two so far and I’m saving up for a third. So what’s my advice when trying to pick your first tattoo? BY EMILY JONES 1. Meaning For me, I would only want something inked on my body if it has […]

Why working festivals is the best thing you can do with your summer on a budget

Why would you work a festival rather than pay to attend? The answer seems obvious, because it’s cheaper right? Well actually I’m headed to my favourite festival in a few months and I can afford to buy a ticket but I’d rather work as a part of the team. BY EMILY JONES Being festival crew […]

Why my solo trip on a quick city break to Copenhagen gave me the best day ever

One of the best days of my life was when I went travelling alone for the first time. I impulsively booked a two-day trip to Copenhagen, a part of Europe I had always wanted to see. BY EMILY JONES I arrived on a Thursday night and headed straight to my hostel. My Danish friend, Emilia, […]

Mamma Mia holiday with dolphins

Emily, 21, Shropshire, England “So for my Mum’s 50th birthday, we decided to go on a family holiday to the Greek island, Skiathos. Why Skiathos you say? Well from this particular Greek island you can take a boat tour of all of the main beaches used to shoot the film Mamma Mia. Since this is […]

ITALY VLOG TRAILER

One of the For Real Travel team has just visited Italy for a week, seeing some world-famous tourist sights in Rome, Florence and Pisa… This 30 second city guide trailer shows just a small portion of what Olivia got up to – FULL Italy vlog coming soon!  

“I lost my all my luggage…”

Theresa, 23, Møre og Romsdal, Norway “I lost my luggage on a class-trip to Rome and it was all my fault… To take you back to the very beginning of the story, our journey towards Italy and Rome started very early in the morning. As this embarrassing incident happened over three years ago, I can’t […]

What I wish I had been told when I moved to a foreign country: as told by a Norwegian

There’s a lot of preparation to be done before moving to another country, but what I have learnt is that no matter how much you prepare in advance, you just can’t be fully prepared for everything that comes your way. And what I found most difficult after having moved abroad to England was (quite unexpectedly) […]

A Norwegian’s Experience living in England and eating English food: Expectations vs Reality

I think most international students can agree on this – getting used to the food in a foreign country isn’t easy. In my (almost) three years in England, I’ve definitely been met with some weird food experiences, and I promise you I won’t be holding back. Here’s what happens when a Norwegian student has to […]