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What Type Of Gapper Are You?

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘gap trip’ before, I mean, here at STA Travel we don’t stop banging on about them, and for good reason; it’s our area of expertise, we love them and we believe that taking a gap trip can, without a doubt, change your life.

But what exactly is a gap trip? Without trying to sound patronising, it’s exactly what it sounds like; a ‘gap’ in your regular life, some space, a break from the norm, some time away.

There are so many variations of a gap trip it’s impossible to define them all individually. They come in a huge array of shapes and sizes and each person’s trip expectations are different. Some want to do nothing except chill and reflect, some want to party like it’s 1999 (again), some want to make a difference, some want to learn, some want to integrate, the list is endless.

Now, we’re not trying to box you in, but ‘gappers’ usually find them selves fitting into one of a few different categories. No 2 people’s gap trip is ever the same, even if you travel with a friend chances are you will both come away with different perspectives once you reflect on what you experienced and that’s something that should be celebrated – and embraced. Trips like this can make you realise things you never knew before, they can introduce you to different ways of thinking that will change your life forever; or you may come back exactly as you were before just a bit more tanned, a little grubbier but with memories of an effing good time.

So what type of ‘gapper’ are you? We’ve come up with a few options below, but can you think of anymore? Any that you think define you better? Let us know in the comments box below.

A gap trip can be exactly what you want it to be

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6 Things You Need To Know About Adventure Tours

Adventure tours rock my world – almost as much as Passionfruit Mojitos (almost).

And, sometimes they get a bit of a bad rep. The majority of us who have experienced life as part of a tour group wouldn’t look back, but some – rather unfairly – dismiss the idea of adventure touring right off the bat.

Common misconceptions include; ‘they’re so expensive’ and ‘you don’t get time to do your own thing’, and that’s exactly what they are – misconceptions. Whether you’ve ever thought about taking an adventure tour or not, it’s important that you read the rest of this blog.

Adventure tours offer a whole host of ways to experience an authentic taste of culture

Below are 6, very good, reasons why I think adventure touring is the ultimate way to travel, including some opinions from our ever vocal Twitter community thrown in for good measure.

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Ask the Experts: beach holiday without the tourists

Our panel of Travel Experts return for another week of travel sleuthing, as they step forward, scratch their huge travel-filled brains and come up with answers to your travel related questions. We’ve got our longest standing Expert, Sarah Jones from our store in London’s Covent Garden; South Africa fan Claire Whittington from our store down in sunny Brighton; and our newest recruit Jessica Ambrose, representing the north from our store up in Leeds Vicar Lane.

These lovely ladies are here each week to answer your questions, so don’t be shy – email us with your travel related query, and we’ll put them to the Experts to answer right here on the STA Travel Blog.

So, without further ado, let’s here from this week’s inquisitive traveller – it’s Olivia in Surrey! Olivia, tell us what’s on your mind:

I desperately need to lie on a beach for 10 days! Where can I go that’s not full of the usual package holiday crowd? Olivia in Surrey

A great question, and one that I’m sure is at the forefront of many people’s minds this summer. So, what have our Experts got in mind for Olivia’s beach holiday with a twist? Read on, and find out which destination in Africa ticks all the boxes; where to go sailing in Europe to get the ultimate beach fix; and why Sarah has a double whammy lined up for you this week…

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Top Tips For InterRailing Around Europe

All aboard! We think InterRailing through Europe is the perfect trip for first time travellers. Nothing can beat the sense of freedom you get from packing up your backpack and heading off on a journey where you can go anywhere and do anything you want – when you want, through the relative closeness and familiarity of Europe.

InterRail passes were born from this very notion. Travel at your own pace while weaving between town and country and prepare for an authentic feeling of adventure as you wrestle with your map and your desire to see everything there is to see – whether you’re on a 2week or 6 month trip.

There’s something exciting about travelling by train, it’s got more character; there’s an alluring romanticism about it. We’re big fans of InterRail as a way to explore all the wonders and variety European culture has to offer.

Our aim is to draw on some snippets of golden advice from those who have ‘been there’ and ‘done that’ and pass it on to you guys to help make your InterRail trip run super smoothly.

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Our Favourite Random Music From Around The World

There are so many reasons why we love to travel; meeting interesting new people, tasting exotic food and immersing ourselves in different cultures and traditions being just the core few.

But wherever you go in the world you’ll find one big influence uniting societies – a genuine love of music. Whether you’re sitting around a camp fire deep in the hills of Chiang Mai listening to a farmer play a home made guitar, waving your hands in the air like you just don’t care at a festival in Serbia or dancing the samba in a backstreet club in Rio, you’ll see that music is enjoyed by everyone from all over.

We’ve dug out our favourite clips of some pretty random but utterly entertaining popular music from around the world – each one ‘special’ in its own way. Enjoy.

What music from the list below most makes you want to dance?

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