Let’s get one thing straight from the start, you’ve got to at least be able to tolerate trains. Preferably, you’ll have a kind of quiet delight for the idea of being gently rocked to sleep while travelling at (slow) speed through the Mongolian steppe. At the thought of having up to 5 days in front of you with nothing to do but read, watch half the world go by out of the window, walk to the dining car, walk back, and repeat.
But, aside from the time on the train, you should also be ready to experience travelling in a whole new way. To take the slow route and have a better trip because of it. Here are just a few reasons we think you should hop on board the Trans-Mongolian railway.
Just one of the routes available for the Trans-Mongolian
Today’s blog comes from STA’s James Greenslade, who has left his Aussie homeland for a few months to explore the UK and be underwhelmed by the view from The Shard.
Europe needs no introduction. If it does, you’ve been living under a rock bigger than Uluru. But the best way to travel around Europe? I’m so glad you asked….
The chill of winter is (finally) beginning to clear and, if you’re anything like us at STA Travel Towers, your thoughts are turning towards a time when your white white toes will see the light of day in fancy flip flops.
And with the coming light nights and hot(ish) days comes thoughts of festivals. While the UK is still an amazing musical hub (and we’ve included a couple here for good patriotic measure) European festivals really are amazing when it comes to value for money, hot line ups and, sometimes, more reliable sunshine.
Summer is coming…you better be ready.
Today’s blog comes from Tom Fenton, a Travel Expert from our Victoria Store, who in October 2014 was picked to be one of 4 Emirates Insiders and sent to explore Milan…with a little help from you.
I’d worked in our central London store for a year and a half when I was chosen to travel as an Emirates Insider to Milan. Despite travelling all over the world I’d never been to Northern Italy so when I got the call there was no way I was saying no. Plus I’m very photogenic (stop giggling).
We all know that if someone’s actually been to a destination and can recommend something then it can really help you get under the skin of the city and we tapped into our Facebook community to get their thoughts on Milan’s top sites. I loved reading the comments before jetting off to plan my adventure…
It’s a well worn myth that you need to empty your purse into a black hole in order to really see the world. Yes, if you want to spend 10 months flying to 12 countries it is going to cost a bit (though not quite as much as you might think), but you’d be genuinely surprised how much you can see of the world in less than 2 weeks on a budget.
It’s important to remember that the prices below don’t include international flights so you will need to budget for those as well as some meals and optional activities. But with transport, accommodation & loads of other inclusions, these adventures represent a big chunk of your trip budget. They’re also all small group experiences (most with an average of 14 people) so you can really get off the beaten track and into areas it’s very hard to reach solo.
So in the spirit of our 2015 resolutions (go small), we thought it was time to pick out our favourite adventures from the weird, wonderful and downright awesome trips out there all for under £800*. Where will 2015 take you?