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Let’s talk Vancouver…

Imagine yourself, standing on the rocky Canadian shoreline – fog snaking into the valleys and trees swaying against the wind, taking in the grand scale of Canada and its overwhelming beauty. The diversity of its landscapes; rocky fjords, high mountain peaks, vast prairie and arctic tundra, offering countless ways for you to unleash your inner adventurer. A multicultural melting pot with lively nightlife districts. The one thing you won’t be short of here is space, whether you’re looking for extreme solitude or to push your limits, Canada offers it all…

There are countless ways for you to enjoy Canada. Out west, you can ski and snowboard in Whistler or Banff, go whale spotting or bear viewing on Vancouver Island, or jump in a helicopter for remote hiking trips in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Overwhelmed? Don’t worry, we have put together a 4 part guide of our top experiences around Canada so you can be sure to get the most of your trip.

Let’s talk Vancouver…

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5 Incredible Overland Adventures

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”.

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4 Incredible USA Wilderness Destinations

Is there any country with a more diverse wilderness than the USA? Sure, Kenya has national parks teaming with wildlife, and Australia boasts the Outback, and New Zealand has some insanely stunning countryside – but the USA has all this, and then some.

That well-spouted statistic that only 30% of Americans have a passport may shock us Europeans, but actually, when you think of the ample opportunities for exploring that their own country, it’s not that surprising.

From soaring mountains and lush greenery to vast deserts and icy expanses, this region has enough going on to give even the most well-travelled explorer a serious case of itchy feet.

A geyser erupts in the USA's Yellowstone National Park

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THE NOR’EASTER

Today’s blog comes from David Broadley, a Travel Expert in our Sheffield store who was not content with regaling us with his tales of Australia and Costa Rica has now moved on to Iceland, Canada and the USA. Yeah we kinda hate him too.

To the rest of the world a Nor’Easter is a big old storm, with winds from (you guessed it) the North East. Here at STA Travel, it’s a flight route that spans 3 incredible countries – Iceland, Canada and the USA – and will (get ready for the pun) blow you away!

Blue Lagoon Iceland

Blue Lagoon Iceland

The route is based on flying from London to Iceland, on to Toronto, then making your own way south before flying back from New York or another on the East Cost of the USA. You’re able to stop off for up to 7 days in Iceland on your way across the pond, at no extra cost to your airfare. Whilst Iceland may be small, with a total population close to 330,000 – roughly the population of Sunderland (thanks Wikipedia), it is packed full of inescapably beautiful landscapes, ridiculously charming people, and a penis museum. I’m not kidding.

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6 ‘Spooktacular’ Halloween Events from Around the World

Whether your thing is dressing up as Dracula, wearing a costume that resembles something out of the 70′s version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (hey – that movie is creepy as), or kicking back with a scary movie, let us bring you some golden nuggets of spooky inspiration with a guide to some of the best Halloween events taking place worldwide.

Pumpkin

Feature image courtesy of torbakhopper on Flickr

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