Spotlight on: STA Travel Preston

At STA Travel we live by “We Know Because We Go”. We’re travellers just like you, and when we aren’t helping you with your adventures we’re off having our own! Travel Experts visit hundreds of faraway places every year, and they’ll use their experiences and life-changing moments, to help YOU create your very own bespoke trip.

We will be introducing the faces of our stores and finding out more about them. And telling you why you should get down to a store to plan your next trip. And if you do book an appointment with one of our Travel Experts we’ll give you £30* off!

The spotlight today is on the team in Preston

Who are the members of the team?

Matthew, Store Manager
Billie, Travel Expert
Heidi, Travel Expert
Ellie, Travel Expert

Where can you be found?

We can be found at 171 Friargate, Preston, PR1 2EJ. You can book an appointment to come see us, call us on 01772 378 959 or send an email to

Where is your favourite place in the world?

Billie: My best memory is a tour I did called ‘Beaches & Reefs’. You get to visit all of the hot spots along the East Coast of Australia within 14 days. Whatever you are after this tour has it all; surfing in Byron Bay, doing a 4WD tour off the world’s largest sand island (Fraser Island) or visiting the iconic Great Barrier Reef up in Cairns

Matthew: It has to be South America especially when I travelled from Lima to Rio. I saw many of the highlights including Machu Picchu, the Bolivian Salt Flats & of course partied in Rio

Heidi: I have done the ‘Best of The West’ tour and loved it because it’s packed full of lots of different things to do every day. You’ll visit Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco and national parks such as Yosemite & Grand Canyon National Park

Ellie: I fell in love with New Zealand during my Round The World trip last year. The Kiwi Experience hop on/hop off bus is the best way to travel around as you get to meet like-minded backpackers and have the flexibility to stop wherever, for however long you want!

Where else have you been?

Ellie: Last January, I set off on my journey backpacking through India, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Central and South America – it truly was an incredible experience and while I’m sad to be off the road, I’m now so happy to feed my travel addiction by working at STA Travel where I get to talk about travel all day long!

Billie: I have been to Florida and journeyed around other key parts of the USA. I have also been to Paris as well as doing some adventure trips in the South of France

What is your dream trip?

Matthew: Having travelled much of America, my next trip would be New Orleans, Nashville & Memphis

Heidi: To drive Route 66 in a convertible. Travelling in style!!

Billie: I have a lot of destinations I’d love to tick off my bucket list, but if I had to choose a trip now, it would be to visit Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam & Laos

Why do you love working for STA Travel?

Ellie: It’s all about adventure travel with us and experiencing the world in a different way – it makes every day interesting. I love to hear and share travel stories with customers!

Billie: We aren’t a typical travel agency. We make your trip come to life and share the excitement of your once in a lifetime trip with you

Matthew: After travelling in 2007, it gives me the opportunity to share my experiences to a new generation of backpackers. I have a young, dynamic team who keep me on my toes and keep each day different & exciting

Heidi: I love the variety of holidays we offer. No two customers are the same, and every day is a new day working for STA Travel

What is your top tip when travelling?

Matthew: When you are in a new place try and eat the local foods. Don’t be scared to try something a bit different… it might end up being your new favourite

Heidi: Before setting off pack and then repack. When you do cut the amount by half, You won’t need all those shoes, trust me

What our customers say:

“Staff Member Thomas Wardell particularly and also other members at the Preston branch were excellent. Tom went through all the options for me to book flights and hotels for Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. I was a little nervous because I was taking my 79 year old grandmother on holiday but Tom assured me and gave lots of info on tours and travels around the cities. We also received good discounts on hotels so all credit to the STA travel team and I will be returning for future holiday bookings.” Regards, Kamlesh Soni

So, what are you waiting for? Planning a trip – pop in and see us! With over 35 years experiences in the travel industry, our Preston travel experts have first-hand knowledge of hundreds of destinations worldwide and can give you all the advice and inspiration you need. Getting £30* off your trip always helps too!

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