We Know Because We Go: New Zealand – South Island

Meet Sarah, an STA Travel Expert based in Glasgow, who this year got to check out the sights of New Zealand as part of her fam trip*. With a Kiwi Experience pass in hand, see what Sarah and you too could get up to whilst exploring this adventure haven!

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7 reasons the Eurovision will make you want to go travelling

United Kingdom, it’s that time of year again. Hunt down that union flag dress, switch on BBC1, find yourself some drinking game rules… and then go travelling.

When your country gets nil points you feel so ashamed that you have to leave

 

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ASOS Insider: Shope Delano in Croatia

Last summer we followed ASOS insider Shope Delano on her Croatia sailing trip and omg did she have the most sun-filled, blue-skied, blissful time EVER! Shope spent 8 days on a yacht sailing the Adriatic coast from Split to Dubrovnik, stopping off at hidden beaches, party islands and cultural cities. Does life really get much better than that?

Here’s a little rundown of her time spent sailing one of the most picturesque coastlines in the world…

Time for take off

“Should count my lucky stars as i’m leaving this dreary weather behind and am off to sail around Croatia with STA Travel” – Shope Delano
Time to take off
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The best ski resorts in…Nevada?|

Nevada. Home to Sin City, the Hoover Dam, screaming armadillos (don’t ask) and you guessed it… ski resorts?! Granted, not the first thing you think of when you think “Nevada”. But this desert state has some of the freshest powder and gnarliest slopes around. Here are a few of our favourites.

1. Heavenly Mountain Resort

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The best ski resorts in…Nevada?|

Nevada. Home to Sin City, the Hoover Dam, screaming armadillos (don’t ask) and you guessed it… ski resorts?! Granted, not the first thing you think of when you think “Nevada”. But this desert state has some of the freshest powder and gnarliest slopes around. Here are a few of our favourites.

1. Heavenly Mountain Resort

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I’ve booked. What now?

WOOHOO! You’re going FREAKING travelling. But before you start typing that smug Facebook status, telling everyone how you’re “feeling blessed”. Take a deep breath, and follow these words of wisdom. We promise we’ll try not to sound like your mum.

1. Do what Beyoncé would do: Check On It.

beyonce check on it
Listen to Queen B, she is most wise and beautiful. Check on it. Check your itinerary. Check your name is spelt correctly. Check your dates are correct. Check the destinations are correct. Check in online for your flight. Check everything. Check. Check. Check.

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I've booked. What now?

WOOHOO! You’re going FREAKING travelling. But before you start typing that smug Facebook status, telling everyone how you’re “feeling blessed”. Take a deep breath, and follow these words of wisdom. We promise we’ll try not to sound like your mum.

1. Do what Beyoncé would do: Check On It.

beyonce check on it
Listen to Queen B, she is most wise and beautiful. Check on it. Check your itinerary. Check your name is spelt correctly. Check your dates are correct. Check the destinations are correct. Check in online for your flight. Check everything. Check. Check. Check.

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Instagramming around the Gold Coast

Eight Instagram images of the glorious Gold Coast.
We’re all guilty of spending our entire time at Wet’n’Wild going round the AquaLoop until we feel sick. But GC has so much cool stuff going on like, cute locals, ice cream that makes you skinnier* and rainbow waterfalls. Resist the ride and let Instagram show you the way…

*kind of.
1. Those beers

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69 thoughts everyone has while touring around Europe

You haven’t lived until you have experienced a European tour. Who is ready to go down memory lane?

  1. I don’t want to travel by myself… I am going on a tour
  2. I hope I get a good group
  3. What if I hate everyone especially my room mates
  4. What if everyone hates me? Ah!
  5. I hope I meet a cute foreigner
  6. Where the loud Americans?!
  7. Looks like it’s just us Aussies!
  8. OH MY GOD WE ARE IN EUROPE!
  9. I need to take a picture of everything so I never forget
  10. Oooo the Eiffel Tower!
  11. The champs-elysees is a busy street, we getting down with everyone we meet!

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Inspiring, immersive, intoxicating India

Today’s blog comes from Tom Barber over at Bamba Experience, he’s a pro on all things Asia and he’s here to tell us a little bit about India..

India is a vibrant mix of a thousand cultures packed together shoulder to shoulder, all intensely humming to the tune of a different beat. It is a place that on immediate arrival assaults all the senses and bombards the brain. It is quite simply impossible not to be swept up in the beauty, the chaos and the adventure. Limitlessly kind and abhorrently cruel, scenes of the most majestic beauty vie for your gaze amongst pictures of squalid heartache. The impossibly tranquil and calm sit aside the horn-tooting buzz of the hectic. India is travel. India is exploration and India is one of a kind.

Breakfast was here today! Spotted crabs, scorpions and a variety of fish during a 20-min walk by the beach. . #goadetour #southgoa #goadiaries #goatourism #planetgoamagazine #goatimes #tuesdaymorning #mytraveldiary #myindiacnn #raptap #beachplease #beachside #mormugao #arabiansea #asiatravel #sogoa #westernghats #ourplanetdaily #seekthesimplicity #tuesdayfun #photooftheday #india_gram #indiaphotosociety #indianbloggers #pickmygoapic

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North to South, East to West, India is vast and packed with endless treasures for you to encounter. Beach bums can head South to the Psy-stomping infused beats and beaches of Goa or the serene backwaters of Kerala, whilst hardened hikers and Yoga gurus can head for the hills and experience the Dali Lama’s snow-capped backyard in the North-West.

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The aptly named Rajasthan (land of the kings) offers desert expanses and unforgettable camel safaris, that get explorers up close and personal with the night sky, back-dropped by the infinite Milky Way. Bond fans can recreate scenes form ‘Octopussy’ in the lake city of Udaipur, whist temple buffs will be spoiled for choice in Delhi. For the non-squeamish, have rodents skitter across your bare feet at Bikaner’s famous Rat Temple, in scenes straight out of an Indiana Jones movie.

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No trip to India is complete without venturing to the Taj Mahal with a hazy morning sunrise and a breakfast chapatti. Even the most seasoned traveller will find themselves gaping in awe for hours. Likewise, a trip to the nightly ‘puja’ ceremony at Varanasi’s Burning Ghats will render visitors speechless. Watch as delicate lotus flowers crowned with candles float peacefully across the mighty Ganges waters, listen to the transcendental chant of the pious Hindu crowds as incense wafts past your nostrils and lose yourself in the energy of India’s holiest site.

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Straying just a little from the beaten track rewards, explorers with inexhaustible discoveries. Untouched Tea-plantations and forests, Tiger viewing from sweltering jungles, Erotic themed temples, tribal communities, and secluded beaches. Not to mention a plethora of vibrant festivals and events, a feast of culinary delights and an abundance of friendly, smiling locals.

For some, one visit can be enough, but for most India always beckons you back for more. One thing however is for absolute certain, until you experience India’s beauty for yourself, mere words simply cannot do it the justice it deserves…

If all that has got you excited to experience incredible India, then head on over to the STA website and peruse our INDIA adventure tours