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12 Weird and Wonderful Drinks from around the world

Supping the local brew is one of the true joys of travelling, be it a cold Chang on the beaches of Koh Samui, a green tea on the Great Wall or taking part in a traditional Kava ceremony in Fiji. But at what point do you draw the line?

Read on for our list of 12, good, bad and downright odd drinks from around the world…if you dare.

Image from Flickr courtesy of melanie

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Scenic ways and Cape Town braais – 10 days on South Africa’s garden route

Today’s blog comes from Chris Newnham, the Assistant Manager in our Reading store 

Incredible landscapes, stunning city views, poignant history, adrenalin activities galore and sparkling modern culture – South Africa has it all in abundance. I had the pleasure of exploring the famous Garden Route for 10 days from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth– and what a pleasure it was!

The impressive Garden Route

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7 TOP TIPS FOR SURVIVING A FULL MOON PARTY

Today’s blog comes from STA Travel Student Ambassador Rachel Skillen, in Sheffield. 

Each month up to 30,000 travellers from around the world flock to the island of Koh Phangan, Thailand for the world famous Full Moon Party. The beach erupts with neon, pulsating music rocks the sand and fire performers entertain the crowds. If only for the atmosphere and people watching opportunities this is an experience not to be missed – but to make sure the night runs smoothly and you have the best possible party here are my 7 tips for survival.

Image from Flickr courtesy of Joe Stump

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Shakedown, Rio de Janeiro

Brazil‘s been in the spotlight this week for all the wrong reasons; losing 7-1 to Germany on their own turf has gotta hurt. But it’s the turf that we’re more interested in here, not the football – this is a travel website after all.

Commonly known as just Rio, the exciting Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil with a population of 6.4 million (though it’s not the capital, pub quiz fans). Famed for its breathtaking views, chilled beach culture and annual carnival, Rio’s a must-see hotspot for travellers with a hunger for partying and beautiful vistas. Can’t ask for more really, can you?

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I want to ride my bicycle (in Burma, preferably)

With talk turning to cycling this week, as thousands line the streets from Leeds to Paris to see who’ll be crowned champion of a certain bicycle race, we thought we’d take a closer look at one of our own epic cycling trips. Right now there’s £100 off all our cycling tours worldwide, but we won’t cover them all today – you’re busy people. Let’s put the spotlight on just one: Cycle Burma!

When you think of Burma (also known as Myanmar), your mind might turn to its troubled history and political unrest rather than cycling holidays and sightseeing. But this beautiful Asian state, still relatively free of western influence, is a fascinating place to visit and makes for an incredible, stunning setting for a two-wheeled trek.

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