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12 weird facts about Commonwealth countries

The Commonwealth games have come and gone for another 4 years and what a show it was (the dancing teacakes specifically – we’re still hungry). If you looked at the medal table and saw a travel checklist never fear, we’ve pulled together 12 weird and wonderful facts about the lesser known member states of the Commonwealth, as well as some of the big boys.

Africa? Düsseldorf?

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Why I Volunteer: Helping Communities in South Africa

Jenny Ayre is a Travel Expert working in our Cheltenham store and a few weeks ago she, and other Travel Experts from our other stores in the UK, we’re sent on a trip to South Africa to visit some of the many volunteering projects we support in the country – all in the name of research of course! Now, she’s back and below is her blog, all about her amazing experience and why she believes volunteering is so important.

When I found out STA Travel was sending myself an a few other Travel Experts to South Africa to see some of the amazing volunteer projects we sell and support there, to say I was excited is a understatement.

On our first day we met Candi and Toby, who run the volunteer projects. They took us out to a vineyard for a picnic watching the sunset, absolutely beautiful, and almost instantly, we were all starting to fall in love with Cape Town.

One of Jenny's volunteering group with a child who lives at Jones Safe House.

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High Five… Safaris!

As one of the most sought after adventures on the planet, an African safari will take you straight through the heart of some of the largest, and most exciting terrain to be found anywhere in the world.

Adventures don’t come much more electrifying than this; feel your heart beat through your chest as you come up close to some of the biggest, most powerful animals on the planet, including the notorious ‘Big 5’, the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.

Here are the ‘Big 5′ of my very own, here’s our five favourite epic African safaris.

Search for the 'Big 5' on the great plains of Africa.

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10 Amazing Flash Sale Adventure Tours for only £399!

So, January has rolled around again, and while we’ve got a whole heap of amazing sale offers that are here for the entire month, we’ve decided, just ‘cause we like you so much, that we’re going to up the ante that bit more and offer some incredible – and totally unbeatable we might add – savings on a selection of some of our favourite adventure tours.

This flash sale, the cherry on the top of our January sale sundae, will be here every Friday in January, for just a few days and that’s it. So don’t wait around, jump on these offers before they’re gone, and someone else gets to have all the fun.

Chase the Big 5 in Africa.

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8 bus passes that will make your life easier when travelling

When you hear the word’s bus and pass, you’ll probably conjure unglamorous memories and images related to school, work, rain, and a lot of waiting. Well, scrap that, because here at STA Travel, our bus passes are a whirlwind of hop-on hop-off, fun, flexibility, people, sun, culture and convenience. Yep, bus passes just got cool.

Not only is your transport sorted, you’ll have a guaranteed good night’s sleep at our best hotels and hostels, and there’s a tonne of action packed day trips to choose from. So what are the top 8 bus passes that will make your life easier while travelling?


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