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10 Amazing January Sale Deals That Will Help You Make 2014 Unforgettable!

If December is a party, then January is the hangover. We know this feeling far too well! But to take your minds off work, resolutions, diets and detoxes, STA Travel are making sure that there is plenty to be positive about this January.

When it’s cold and miserable outside, what better way to avoid the January blues than by booking your next trip? Start 2014 as you mean to go on, by doing what you really love: travelling.

Whether you’re making a big change with a round-the-world trip or you just want to tick another country off your bucket list, make sure you don’t get #STAFOMO and check out our top deals from our epic January Sale.

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The Top 5 Ways to Spot the Big 5 in South Africa

South Africa is a wonderland, a part of the world that won’t fail to surprise and astound you time and time again.

One of the South Africa’s most famous draws? Nature, at its fierce, diverse and entertaining best. Kruger National Park is the perfect place to see for one of the most exciting nature encounters there is, spotting the Big 5 – a group of 5 huge game animals – in the wild. The big five are: lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros and coming up close to them is a humbling but thrilling experience.

There are a huge selection of overland trips to help you get up close and personal with the Big Five in South Africa, here are our pick of the top 5 overland trips to spot the Big 5.

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Get back to Nature! Where to Find the Very Best Hostels for Stunning Outdoor Scenery

One of the most fun things about travelling the world is getting out of your comfort zone and experiencing something so different to your ‘normal’ life that it changes you a little bit.

We actively search for the type of experiences that offer us something a little different and in the spirit of that, I’ve decided to pool together a collection of my favourite hostels around the world where you can enjoy the very best of the great outdoors and get back to nature.

Staying in these hostels will add an extra dimension to your trip, and raise the bar when it comes to luxurious surroundings, at backpacker prices!

Bungalow Bay Koala Village.

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Where to Find our Favourite Most Sociable Hostels

Hostels can be some of the most entertaining places in the world; lots of like minded travellers, all in the midst of what they will probably remember as the best time of their life, enjoying every second, making friends and having fun – and all under one, often rather hectic, roof.

Of course, not all hostels are alike; depending on your needs it’s possible to find the perfect one for you. While some, the like ones I’ll go on to introduce you to below, thrive on connecting travellers and being sociable, while others have a more relaxed vibe. Some are known for their proximity to attractions or airports and others for their kooky or character filled interiors.

The bottom line is that choosing a hostel is kind of like choosing your friends, you want to make sure you choose the best ones, the ones that will compliment your own personality and help you make your trip everything you hoped it would be.

To help, over the next few weeks we’re going to be introducing you to some of our favourite hostels around the world and this week we’re starting with our choice of the best hostels for socialising and meeting people. If you’ve stayed in any of our choices below, add a comment to the comments box below and share your experiences/reviews with other would be travellers.

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High Five… South Africa!

As diverse as it is beautiful, South Africa is a melting pot of cultures and traditions wrapped up in some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes.

Whether you’re exploring its fascinating and poignant history, driving the routes of the wildlife rich national parks, or just chilling out on the beach, this is a country that it’s very hard to get enough of.

So grab your vuvuzela and check out our picks for South Africa’s top five experiences…

A spectacular view of Cape Town.

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