We’re about half way through our big trip travel talks that have been happening across the length and breadth of the UK over the past couple of weeks.
These talks are built to help you plan the trip you’ve been day dreaming about for ages and make sure that you squeeze the absolute most amazing experience possible from your time away.
And there really is no one better to help you do that than our own Travel Experts, during our big trip travel talks they have been sharing a huge selection of their knowledge and tips to help you make your trip as good as it possibly can be – much of which you’d be forgiven for not realising – that’s why we call them experts after all!
If you can possibly make it to any of our remaining travel talks I strongly suggest you do – there’s so much you can take from it to improve your travels, but, just incase you are unable to attend for any reason, no fear, I’ve tapped up our Travel Experts to share some of those pearls of wisdom that the attendees at their talks have learned so you don’t have to miss out on some of the best bits.
Here are 10 things learned from budding travellers just like you, over the past couple of weeks
Some of the Things You Can Expect to Find Out at a Big Trip Travel Talk
Here are just 10 of the things learned by the attendees at this years travel talks. There still lots more to learn and plenty of time to do it. Sign up for one of our remaining travel talks now!
Round the World vs Multi-stop Tickets
“Originally we thought we needed a round the world ticket to get us to all the places we wanted to go but after the travel talk section on flight options, we can get a multi-stop ticket that suits us perfectly so we could go to several places in Asia and then Australia and New Zealand and back.”
STA Travel Bath Manager Joe: “On their way out a customer said to me at the door ‘I didn’t know how flexible round the world trips could be, I thought you had to stick to set cities and dates – can’t wait to plan my own route now!”
STA Travel Aberdeen manager Karis:“Two attendees at our talk commented that they were planning a working holiday in Australia but didn’t realise they could stop somewhere on the way there for the same cost. This opened up a whole new range of possibilities!”
‘Open Jaw’ Tickets
I always thought you had to buy return flights to get the best deals but we learned you could fly into one city, then travel overland by bus, boat, train (or camel!) to another city or even another country and fly back from there. We learned so much about different options to travel overland too. There are even trips you can arrange that go all the way from London to Singapore, through Russia, Mongolia, China and SE Asia without a single flight!
STA Travel Warwick Manager Claire: We had an attendee that was interested in volunteering and was really surprised by the range of projects and destinations we can book. The one that really caught her eye was in Fiji!
Our Secret Tips
I never thought of Central America before but definitely am after hearing your Travel Expert Sophie giving us her ‘hidden secret’ – a set of waterfalls and pools in the jungle in Guatemala – it sounds amazing!
I knew there was an age limit on working holiday visas and I thought I was too old but you can be up to 30 and 11 months to get into Australia. I’m getting my visa tomorrow – Oz here I come!
We found the Vodkatrain talk really helpful as we’d not thought of travelling this way before, and now were going to try and adapt our plans to fit this in!
I didn’t think I liked the idea of doing a ‘tour’ but after hearing the speakers, I learned the differences between the different options – some trips can even be used like a method of transport. I really want to do the trip from Rio to Buenos Aires via beaches and Iguassu Falls.
We found it really useful coming to the talk, as we are planning our round the world trip, and didn’t realise there was so much choice open to us. It was great to hear about all the different things we can arrange through you, and talking to the team afterwards really helped! We’ve booked an appointment for next week to come in and discuss further.