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.
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:
Any trip, however far and for however long, can be an adventure. But sometimes a journey is so brilliant, so all-encompassing, so (yes, we’re going to say it) epic, that it crosses over into something else all together.
Overland travel mixes must-see highlights with local, off the beaten track experiences that it’s tough to get by travelling any other way. We’re talking detours to a remote Ethiopian village to meet the Hamar or Mursi tribes, crossing the Bolivian altiplano, learning to cook traditional food and helping out at the local school. You know, those moments you look back on and think “that really made my time there”.
In February 2013 Karl Watson and James Walsh quit their jobs and headed off on a 9 month, 20 country, epic adventure around the world! Luckily for us they took a camera with them and their awesome video is now featured on our YouTube channel.
We caught up with Karl and asked the questions you really want to know: How much? Where was best? How did you not kill each other?
Today’s blog comes from Liz who flew off on her first great adventure 10 years ago…
The 31st Jan 2005 was the day I got on the plane for my post-uni big trip. I’d booked to go to a conservation project in Belize and, when I was sent my STA ticket a few days before jetting off, I found I’d been seated next to some random guy. For 10 hours. I distinctly remember speaking to my mum about it and thinking “why on earth is this Christopher Peacock on my ticket?! I hope he’s nice, I’ve got to sit next to him”…