Travelling through Europe is often considered a rite of passage; where else could you discover jaw-dropping historical sights, stumble happily from gigantic beer halls, fall madly in love with the world’s most romantic cities or yodel yourself hoarse on green pastured mountain peaks.
With festival season just around the corner, there is no better excuse to start planning your summer trip than with Busabout’s extensive hop-on hop off passes. Covering 14 countries, what better way to explore, meet new mates and travel on your own terms through Europe? Still not convinced? Then check out our top 5 quirkiest festivals to inspire your next adventure…
In honour of St Patrick’s Day, we’ve decided to celebrate the best bits of Ireland*. Here are the Top 10 things we love most about the glorious Emerald Isle!
*to be taken with a pinch of salt (and a pint of Guinness)
Tor is Global Creative Director STA Travel, music lover & adventurer.
In August this year, STA Travel kicked off a new music platform called STA Travel Sounds. Skinny Living, a four piece band from Wakefield were the first band we put in the spotlight, with their stunning track “Like A Ray” which they recorded in Cornwall – a part of the UK that resonates with them deeply.
In September the guys hit the road for a three week tour around the UK. After they finished, we hooked up with Airbnb (who we’re now partnering with in the UK to help widen our accommodation selection even further for all our customers) and we asked the guys if they wanted to go back to that special part of the world and have some time to rest, regroup and chill together after a mad time on tour.
We left central London on Friday by train, an easy four hour journey down to the South coast to St Austell.
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
Travelling Europe in a group rocks and we’re here to tell you why? With group travel, you’re not alone but have the freedom to explore Europe independently – so if your mates can’t be bothered to come along, you don’t have to brave it alone. Plus, you’ll have the added bonus of meeting different people from all over the world and make new mates!
Group travel takes the stress out of sorting everything, like knowing where the best places to eat in Rome are or how to book that train in French. You’ll be taken away from the touristy hot spots and see sights you couldn’t have discovered alone!
But we’ll let the blog do the talking, here’s six reasons why Europe group travel rocks: