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Store Managers Review: Top Travel Trends Of 2012

They’re the driving force behind STA Travel, leading our UK team of experts from the front, to make sure you get the best service possible. They’re passionate about what they do, and no one knows more about travelling the world than them (except maybe David Attenborough).

With that in mind, I thought it would be nice to share their thoughts about the past year in travel with you. I’ve gone to 16 of our store managers from around the UK and asked them to give me a brief and general insight of a travel trend they have noticed in 2012.

Have a read, digest it, and have a think about what these insights could mean to you as a traveller, or potential traveller. Has this inside knowledge made you think about making any amendments your own travel plans? Maybe they’ve managed to make you even more excited than you were already?

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High Five… Shipwreck Dives!

It’s the dream experience of many an enthusiastic diver, sinking to the murky depths of the sea bed and exploring the nooks and crannies of mighty ships, devoured by the ocean years before.

It’s intensely interesting, and more than a little spooky and divers travel thousands of miles across the world just to don their gear and mingle with the marine life and lost artefacts.

So where are the best places to experience this little taste of history beneath the sea? We’re counting down our Top 5…

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Happy 1st Birthday To The Blog! Here are our best bits…

Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us, happy birthday to the amazingly, awesome, STA Travel Blo-og! Haaaaaappy birthday to us!

Yep that’s right, incase you didn’t quite catch on already; this month marks the 1st birthday of the STA Travel Blog; and what a year it’s been.

Myself, Ant and Emma love all things travel, and we love to write about travelling, but we have not done it by ourselves, not buy a long shot.

We’re lucky enough to have struck travel blog gold in the form of our knowledgeable Travel Experts. Between them there’s barely an area of the globe that hasn’t been explored and we’ve rinsed them for their best, most inspirational, stories, tips and advice to share with you in the hope that they might help to enrich your own experiences.

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How to Keep Your Skin in Top Condition While Travelling

As much fun as travelling is, it can play absolute havoc with your skin. Late night partying, excess sun exposure and dehydration are just 3 of the many things your skin has to endure while you’re off having all that awesome fun, and lets face it we all want to look our best during what will probably be the most epic time of our lives.

So, with this in mind, I called upon the superior knowledge of trusted skin care experts to share some advice for taking care of your skin while you’re travelling. Helen Ambrosen, Co-Founder, Product Inventor and all round skincare expert at Lush, is about to give you her top 10 tips for keeping your skin in top condition; yep that’s right, I’ve gone right to the very top on this one.

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Hey girls, what undies should you pack for your big trip?

‘What knickers do you wear?’ I know that sounds slightly over familiar, but never under eastimate the frequency this conversation will rear it’s head during a gap/round the world trip, and you know what, it’s a valid subject.

What briefs should you take with you on your big trip? How many is too many? Which styles will I use? Which styles will I think I’ll use, but never will? The topic of packing is one that puzzles many a gap and round the world tripper and while I can’t advise you on the importance of your hair straighteners (most people said I was crazy, but I took my GHDs – I didn’t want to spend my entire trip looking like I had a badly groomed version of scary spice’s afro; that humidity can be a be a HUGE pain) I’d like to think I have a wise word or 2 about packing knickers.


Image courtesy of Sarah G

So, here goes, a list of knickers fit for travelling. But don’t take my word on things – no one died and made me queen of keks. Feel free to let me know whether you think this post is a handy run down or just total pants.

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