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Follow in the Footsteps of Walter Mitty and Win a Trip for Two to New York and Iceland!

To celebrate the release of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, out to own on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD from Monday 21st April, we’re offering you the chance to follow in the footsteps of dreamer Walter, played by Ben Stiller, by winning an epic adventure to Iceland and New York, both locations featured in the hit film, for two people.

Follow in the footsteps of Walter Mitty.

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5 Reasons Why 4 Day Weekends Rock!

With the 4 day Easter weekend just around the corner, we though we’d give you a run down on five reasons why four day weekends are simply the best.

Aside from the feeling of elation that you have two four day working weeks on either side of this epic weekend, the amazing feeling of waking up on Friday morning and realising you can lie in… then having the exact same feeling on Monday too. Bliss.

Barcelona.

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Competition winners Alix and Lorena share the story of their epic road trip through Miami and the USA’s Deep South

Last year Alix Thepot from France won a spot for her an a friend on one of 3 epic road trips across America after entering, and winning, a global STA Travel competition to join this one and a life time travel experience.

The journey would see her, and her chosen ‘plus one’ Lorena Sorrentino from Italy, as well as winner number 2 Christian and his friend Max from Germany, 2 camera crew from New Zealand and an STA Travel staff member (which, on this occasion, was little old me) visit some of the USA’s most iconic travel spots and experience an authentic and exciting taste of this part of what is undoubtedly a diverse and fascinating country.

The journey took in the beaches of Miami and Florida Key West, cowboy country Dallas, Memphis, the birth place of rock and roll and the unique French influence of legendary New Orleans.

I caught up with Alix and Lorena to reflect on their time on the road in the USA and find out exactly what stood out for them to make their trip unforgettable.

L-R: Alix, Christian, Max and Lorena.

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Shakedown, New York

New York is the best city on the planet. There. I said it. Having spent 2 years living, breathing and eating (mainly eating) my way round New York City, here are my top tips on how to get the most out of your time in the city that never sleeps.

Weather and When to Visit

The key learning to take from the weather around the New York metropolitan area (and in fact the entirety of the North Eastern USA) is no half measures. When it’s cold, it’s really cold, I’m talking, minus-20-the-air-is-hurting-my-face cold. And when it’s hot and humid, New York takes ‘sweaty mess’ to a whole new level, and that’s not to mention the monsoon-like rains that sometimes hit the city.

For me, the perfect time to visit is around Mid-April through June and then again from late August to Mid-October. Think clear skies and balmy English summer days. That’s not to say there is really a bad time to visit – Christmas in the city is magical.

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Flash Sale! Save £400 on our Most Epic Adventure Tours

Last week we bought you 10 tours for £399. Now, as our epic touring flash sale steps up a gear, we bring you our next amazing flash sale offer, a HUGE selection of our best, most popular worldwide adventure tours, each with a whopping £400 off!

Calm down, I know this is exciting, but focus. You only have 4 days to bag one of these awesome trips before this offer runs out – that’s why we call it a ‘flash’ sale.

Below are my own choices of the top 5 trips available (I can do that, I’m writing this thing) but – and this is good news – there are too many to put in one blog post. So jump straight over to our Flash Sale area of the website and check out the rest, you’d be hard pressed not to find one you’ll love.

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