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6 Great Value 2 Week Adventures

Unfortunately, as much as I’m sure we’d all love our lives to be one long travel adventure, for many, it’s all about cramming as much adventure and exploration into one two week holiday (stooopid work!).

If you can only stretch to a 2 week trip, then be sure to make the most of it, cram in as much as you can and see and do as much as possible. The best way to do this is on an adventure tour. A clued up local guide will take you to the very best local restaurants, show you the way to those ‘must see’s’ and make sure you get a very real taste of the area of the world you’re visiting.

So, if you’ve got the travel bug and a limited amount of time, you’ll be interested in our top tours for value for money. When you compare the cost of these trips to how much you actually see and do – it would be hard to disagree that they are 100% worth it. Here’s how to cram as much as possible into 2(ish) weeks…

Kenya and Gorilla Adventure.

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Where to Find our Favourite Most Sociable Hostels

Hostels can be some of the most entertaining places in the world; lots of like minded travellers, all in the midst of what they will probably remember as the best time of their life, enjoying every second, making friends and having fun – and all under one, often rather hectic, roof.

Of course, not all hostels are alike; depending on your needs it’s possible to find the perfect one for you. While some, the like ones I’ll go on to introduce you to below, thrive on connecting travellers and being sociable, while others have a more relaxed vibe. Some are known for their proximity to attractions or airports and others for their kooky or character filled interiors.

The bottom line is that choosing a hostel is kind of like choosing your friends, you want to make sure you choose the best ones, the ones that will compliment your own personality and help you make your trip everything you hoped it would be.

To help, over the next few weeks we’re going to be introducing you to some of our favourite hostels around the world and this week we’re starting with our choice of the best hostels for socialising and meeting people. If you’ve stayed in any of our choices below, add a comment to the comments box below and share your experiences/reviews with other would be travellers.

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Ask the Experts: I Have £4,000 Saved for my Gap Trip – What Should I Do?!

It’s time for another blog reader question to be posed to our Travel Experts here on the STA Travel Blog as part of or Ask the Experts series and this week we’re talking Gap Years – exciting!

Sam from Newquay wants some help with the initial planning stages of their trip and as always Lucy and Claire are stepping up to help and share their top tips for an awesome adventure. So Sam, what would you like to know?

I am thinking of taking some time out to go travelling after I finish college and before I start uni next year. I think I can save around £4,000 for the whole trip – what would you do? Sam, Newquay.

This is exactly the kind of question our Experts love, one with lots of space for inspiration and ideas. Let’s see where they’re taking us this week…

Claire Whittington from STA Travel Brighton says…

I’d escape the British winter and head to Africa for an overland adventure of a lifetime! As your friends are hiding indoors trying to escape the rain or stuck with boring relatives over Christmas, you can be in your shorts on safari in the Serengeti looking for lions or in a dug out canoe cruising down the Chobe River or sand boarding down the awesome dunes of Namibia!

Watch wildlife on the edges of the Chobe River.

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The Best Places to Eat in New York on a Budget

STA Travel Air Product Executive Tom Browne has recently returned from a 2 year long stint at the STA Travel store in New York (yes, yes, I know, I hate him too). So after spending plenty of time discovering the city that never sleeps he should have a nugget of wisdom or two to share when it comes to finding the cheapest and best quality grub in a city famous for it first class cuisine.

Here’s Toms Guide to where to head if you want decent food at budget prices in New York.

A few months ago, my girlfriend came to visit me while I was living in New York, the first morning of her visit we sat drinking cups of tea in the kitchen, discussing plans for the day. We decided to get a bagel and walk to the waterfront… At which point I asked her “What are you going to order when we get there?” to which, bemused, she responded “a smoked salmon bagel?”

NYC Food Lesson #1 there is no such thing as just a smoked salmon bagel. Lesson #2? Know your order before you get to the cashier. After much explanation – she got it down.

“Lemme gedda lightly toasted poppy seed, with regular cream cheese and nova lox, arugula, pepper and a squeeze a’lemon”

Ordering any food in New York has the potential to be pretty traumatic, however, get it right and you can dine like a king for less than the price of a Boots meal deal… Here are some of my suggestions for eating like a true New Yorker, on a budget, just don’t forget to tip!

Manhattan is home to some of the best food in the city.

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Ask the Experts: When is the Best Time to Visit New York?

Our Experts are back for another week to give their travel advice to another, slightly perplexed, blog reader.

This week’s question is sent in by Gordon and it’s all about New York, New York. What can our Experts help you with Gordon?

When would you say is the best time of the year to visit New York and why? Gordon, The Scottish Highlands.

We’ll if it helps, I don’t think there’s ever a bad time to visit New York! But, let’s see when our Experts suggest that the Big Apple really shines.

New York has a magical feel at Christmas time.

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