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
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…