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Down and Out in Denver? Up and at ‘em, More Like

Today’s blog post comes from Nick Chesterton, a Round the World Expert in our Manchester branch.

Don’t you wish you could find somewhere new and exciting to visit? Somewhere none of your mates have been to, where you can try new activities, eat and drink food from around the world and meet strange and wonderful people.. can this magical place really exist? Of course it can – it’s the good old US of A!

We’re not talking shopping in New York or having photos with that smiley mouse in Florida, or even snapping the celebs in California – although we don’t deny that those are pretty fun things to do. We’re talking getting off the beaten track, picking a city on the map and just exploring! America is the fourth largest country in the world and with almost 60 national parks dotted around there is plenty to choose from if want to get out and about in the wilderness.

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All good in the hood: Lisbon’s must-see neighbourhoods

Europe‘s pretty amazing isn’t it? With so many incredible places to visit around the world – and there are loads - it’s easy to forget that some of the most beautiful, historic cities are just an hour or two away from us. And the best thing about that is, you can pop over for a long weekend without breaking the bank – hurrah!

So when Yorva Tsi – Student Ambassador at London Metropolitan University – got back from Lisbon recently, she hooked us up with her top tips on seeing this incredible European gem. Take it away, Yorva!

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Shakedown, Sao Paulo

This week’s Shakedown visits a city we don’t often talk about. It’s one of the world’s biggest cities, with over 17 million people making up the metropolis and peppering it with an infectious blend of multiculturalism and an unmistakable vibe. That’s right – if you haven’t yet read the title of this post, we’re heading to Brazil – currently in the spotlight thank to a certain football tournament – and touching down in one of South America’s most unsung destinations: São Paulo.
sao paulo

| Photo by DislOck

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Where’s the party at? Ten European festivals to check out in 2014

Today’s blog comes from STA Travel Student Ambassador Mary Bulgin in Cardiff. 

With the costs of festivals escalating, more and more people are heading to Europe and taking advantage of the sunshine, diversity and multicultural crowds of overseas festivals; the adventure of inhabiting a land of music and partying for a whole weekend goes further than the muddy fields of the UK. So while Glastonbury goers are busy digging out their wellies for this weekend, why not check out my top 10 European festivals to get excited about this year?

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England: Meet Your Match

Unless you’ve been living in a crisp packet, you’ll know that we’re officially in the midst of football fever. Our boys are over in sunny Brazil doing us proud (well, trying to) and we’re here in the not-very-summery-but-at-least-it’s-not-raining-today UK wishing we were with them. It’s all very well watching the football in a beer garden but who wouldn’t rather be in warmer climes right now? So we thought we’d take a peek at England’s first three challengers: Uruguay, Costa Rica and Italy. We might be in battle with their football teams right now, but boy are these some awesome places to visit.

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