Now, before you bite our heads off, let us explain what we mean. There is definitely more to New Zealand than the stops included on these itineraries (we’ve neglected the north coast of the South Island for example), and the timings are, to say the least, ambitious.
But, if you don’t have the luxury of 3 months in New Zealand, you can use these routes to plan a trip that takes in the highlights. If you’re lucky enough to have even more time, you can build and expand on these to create one epic adventure around the whole country. So here we go, one route for the North Island and one for the South Island, taking in the best that New Zealand has to offer.
Today’s blog comes from STA Travel’s Amy McGuire who grew up in Hong Kong before leaving for the “sunny” North East of England. She can most commonly be found running around London parks through rain and sleet, and dreaming of snowboarding anywhere with snow.
Hong Kong is a crossroads. A metropolitan melting pot where east meets west, island-life meets the mainland and tradition meets modernity. Look hard enough and within the high-rise buildings you’ll find little gems of architecture including Chinese temples, colonial residences and even the odd zoo. Oh and the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator, but more on that in a minute.
Then there’s Kowloon, an urban sprawl that seeps out into the New Territories before connecting to Mainland China. There are also over 200 outlying Islands that can only be accessed by boat. Despite all of its diversity many people rush through Hong Kong, Spending no more than a couple of days in the city before travelling onwards. Here are our top seven things to do in the city that’s more than a city.
Today’s blog is from STA Travel’s Anthony Savery; a former professional football coach who hung up his boots and decided to take a trip around the world. Having spent a year going from Cape Town to Buenos Aires and many a destination in between, he returned to London to become STA Travel’s Tailor Made Africa Specialist.
Before departing London, I watched the Lion King movie to get me in the mood for my time in Africa. Ordinarily I would rather gouge my eyes out with a pair of rusty scissors than listen to Elton John, but you just cant help singing along with the film’s catchy tunes. After the credits rolled I was ready to go searching for Simba.
We sent Doug Armstrong (London-based vlogger, challenge accepter and cheesecake lover) on a two week action packed adventure into the wilds of New England. Once we’d made him raft down every river, rappel every cliff face and swing through just about every tree in all six states, we gave him a quick break to send us his story.
Year out, sabbatical, Gap Year, running away from “real life”; whatever you call it and whenever you take it, a big trip is good for the mind, the soul and even the CV. To some though, months of travelling can seem like a daunting prospect. Where do you start? How can you make the most of your time? What do people even DO on a gap year?
Well fear not. We’ve got 10 amazing experiences to inspire you for your next great adventure. Almost no one could fit all of these into one trip (though internet kudos for anyone who has!), but hopefully they will spark your imagination and give you an insight into some of the incredible options out there in the world. It’s your adventure – follow your own course.
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