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What Type Of Gapper Are You?

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘gap trip’ before, I mean, here at STA Travel we don’t stop banging on about them, and for good reason; it’s our area of expertise, we love them and we believe that taking a gap trip can, without a doubt, change your life.

But what exactly is a gap trip? Without trying to sound patronising, it’s exactly what it sounds like; a ‘gap’ in your regular life, some space, a break from the norm, some time away.

There are so many variations of a gap trip it’s impossible to define them all individually. They come in a huge array of shapes and sizes and each person’s trip expectations are different. Some want to do nothing except chill and reflect, some want to party like it’s 1999 (again), some want to make a difference, some want to learn, some want to integrate, the list is endless.

Now, we’re not trying to box you in, but ‘gappers’ usually find them selves fitting into one of a few different categories. No 2 people’s gap trip is ever the same, even if you travel with a friend chances are you will both come away with different perspectives once you reflect on what you experienced and that’s something that should be celebrated – and embraced. Trips like this can make you realise things you never knew before, they can introduce you to different ways of thinking that will change your life forever; or you may come back exactly as you were before just a bit more tanned, a little grubbier but with memories of an effing good time.

So what type of ‘gapper’ are you? We’ve come up with a few options below, but can you think of anymore? Any that you think define you better? Let us know in the comments box below.

A gap trip can be exactly what you want it to be

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Popular Olympic Sports – From The Stadium To The Wider World

This is a great time to be in the UK, excitement is buzzing in the air and everyone’s well and truly hooked on sport; I’m finding myself emotionally invested in things you couldn’t have paid me to care about a month ago, (dressage any one?!)

But, the reality is, in a few weeks the games will be over, my motivation will have taken a bigger dive than Tom Daly on the 10m board, and I’ll go back to just having lots of good intentions.

So, in the spirit of keeping all my new found sporting dreams alive, I’ve chosen 6 of my new favourite sports from the past couple of weeks and considered where in the world I can carry on indulging my current passion, well after the medal madness has been forgotten, and all in a much more exotic environment than Stratford (which is, of course, lovely in its own way).

Here we go, this is my interpretation of how to bring those sports I’ve grown to love over the past few weeks out into the big wide world.
*Just for fun, in the comments box below, have a go at sharing the places you’d suggest for either my choice of sport below, or your own choices from the games.

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How To Use A Squat Toilet

This post contains that kind of unmissable, money can’t buy, travel advice that you wish someone had shared with you before you hit the road yourself…

If you’re travelling the globe chances are you’re going to have to get to grips with a squat toilet at some point – and so you should – it’s why we do what we do; those experiences of trying out different things, seeing how the other half (of the world) live.

But, giving it a go and getting it right are 2 different things altogether, and are the difference between a messy and slightly traumatic experience you’d rather forget and a dribble free, authentic taste of culture you think about with a smile on your face for years to come.

I’ve travelled far and wide through Nepal, India, China and Southeast Asia; prime ‘squat pot’ territory. After a few mishaps, including wet feet and damp leggings, I think I’ve just about got the technique nailed and I’m ready to (over) share.

Weird? Yes. Slightly inappropriate? Definitely. But this post might just help save you the embarrassment of walking around with that wet patch otherwise known as a toilet badge, and as a bit of extra back up I’ve called on our loyal twitter community to add their 2 pence worth.

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6 Things You Need To Know About Adventure Tours

Adventure tours rock my world – almost as much as Passionfruit Mojitos (almost).

And, sometimes they get a bit of a bad rep. The majority of us who have experienced life as part of a tour group wouldn’t look back, but some – rather unfairly – dismiss the idea of adventure touring right off the bat.

Common misconceptions include; ‘they’re so expensive’ and ‘you don’t get time to do your own thing’, and that’s exactly what they are – misconceptions. Whether you’ve ever thought about taking an adventure tour or not, it’s important that you read the rest of this blog.

Adventure tours offer a whole host of ways to experience an authentic taste of culture

Below are 6, very good, reasons why I think adventure touring is the ultimate way to travel, including some opinions from our ever vocal Twitter community thrown in for good measure.

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#RTW: Bangkok Boomerang

What can you expect from a round the world route called the Bangkok Boomerang? Well, you can expect to go to Thailand, obviously. But remember, a boomerang’s path is never completely straight. And this one is no exception.

Give this boomerang a throw, and it’ll ricochet off Dubai, swoop into Bangkok, whoosh into Sydney, bounce off New Zealand, touch down in Melbourne, hurtle backwards to Malaysia and spin into Dubai, again, ‘cos it loved it so much the first time.

Want to play with the Bangkok Boomerang? Let’s watch it do its thing on the Tripline below:

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