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Tempest Two’s ultra-triathlon in Patagonia: expectation vs. reality

The end of every year usually comes accompanied with streams of social posts about places visited, challenges overcome and goals achieved. It’s easy to be coerced into signing up to an expedition, by beautiful imagery and the inspirational words of someone who’s already conquered it. Yet, not all adventures are as easy, or fun, as you think. We spoke to our friends The Tempest Two about their recent ultra-triathlon in Patagonia to find out how the reality matched up to their expectation.

Type #adventure into your Instagram search bar and you’ll be presented with a smorgasbord of photos from every corner of the globe. The content of those posts will vary from mountains to motorbikes, oceans to caves; the word ‘adventure’ means different things to different people. Continue reading

Mapped out: 2018′s top trending travel destinations

New Year, new plans, new holiday allowance.

We’ve pulled together our list of the top destinations to visit this year, whether they be an up and coming country or an old favourite making a resurgence. All these destinations are longing to be explored by your wandering souls in 2018…

Sri Lanka | Western Australia | Slovenia | Namibia | Colombia | Georgia | Cappadocia, Turkey | Norway | Guatemala | Utah, USA | Taiwan | Bhutan

 

1. Sri Lanka

 

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The Galápagos Islands on a budget

I’m Alice, an STA Travel Marketing Exec. As a David Attenborough super fan and proud owner of all Planet earth boxsets, The Galápagos Islands was top of my bucketlist when I started planning my epic 6 month South America trip. Not wanting to resort to organ harvesting or blackmail to fund my Galápagos dream, I did some serious budgeting. Here’s my top tips to make sure you squeeze every last drop of fun out of your trip.

1. Buy tonnes of sunscreen.

It is no exaggeration when I say you will need to take a mortgage out to purchase sun cream. It can cost between $12 – $40.

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7 things to expect when trekking the Inca Trail

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

Machu Picchu
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.
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Ben’s STA Travel Love Story

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:


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