Today’s blog comes from our old friend of STA Travel Isabel O’brien. She’s just finished trekking the Inca Trail and her legs are still killing!
Considering embarking on one of the world’s most epic treks to the mysterious Machu Picchu? DO IT! Who knows how many years they will let us travellers roam the ruins of this ancient city for. And you know what they say; ‘It’s not the destination, but the journey that counts’.
1. To book in advance
Unfortunately you can’t just rock up at the start of the trail with your backpack on and walking poles at the ready. You need to have a permit, and these get booked up fast! Only 500 people a day are allowed on the trail, and most of this number is reserved for the amazing porters who look after you on route. So, if like me, you have a hard time being organised – put this on top of your list of things you HAVE to sort out a good couple of months before you head to Peru. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this one.
With epic coastlines, lush jungles and towering volcanoes, Central America is an adventure playground waiting to be explored but if you’re more into chilling out, than thrilling out – soak up the region’s laid back Caribbean beach vibes or brush up on your salsa dancing in the colonial cities. If we were to list every reason why you should visit, we’d be here all day! So here’s 7 reasons why you should add Central America to your bucket list:
1.Whale Sharks – Mexico
Need a little inspiration this summer? If you’re a nature lover, adventure seeker, coffee addicted or all of the above – this one could be for you! Here’s 9 reasons why you should visit Costa Rica this summer:
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On the 14th March 2006 Ben Alvarez Turner met his now wife Sosi in Buenos Aires for the first time. Ben is from England and Sosi is from Argentina. He met Sosi online and knew straight away he had to meet her in real life. He sold his car and booked the first flight over to Argentina with STA Travel. Now 10 years later they are married with a 2 year old son. Sounds like something straight out of a movie… Congratulations guys!
Here’s Ben’s story:
It’s that time of year again, we look closely at booking trends, chat with our travel experts, brochure writers, customers and anyone else who will listen to us, and try to predict where the in-the-know traveller will be jetting off to in 2016.
This year’s list is a mix of the exotic, the adventurous, old favourites and “see before they’re gone” locations from all over the world. Wanderlust at the ready? Here we go…