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12 Hidden Gems to Find in India

India is rich in travel gems. You can visit the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort, boat down the River Ganges and tour the slums in Mumbai and yet India has so much more to offer just round the next corner (well, a bus/train/plane ride away).

If you want to get off the beaten track and explore the best-kept secrets of India we’ve unearthed 12 hidden gems you should definitely go out your way to find. We admit, some of them aren’t that easy to get to (cue rickety train rides and trekking on foot) but they’re all well worth the journey and after all, that’s kind of the point.

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Which Machu Picchu Trek should I do?

The Inca Trail is an iconic trek through a spectacular landscape ending at one of the most beautiful historical sights in the world; in short it’s popular for a reason. This acclaim has lead to the Peruvian government taking extra measures to protect the ancient route and there is a limit of 500 people a day allowed on the trail (including trekkers, porters and guides) and in February it’s closed all together.

Though this is great for the local environment it can mean that the permits for the trail are like gold dust during busy months and many people are unable to secure them for their visit. The fame of the route and the ensuing crowds have also led to some visitors seeking out alternative routes (we call them Inca hipsters). But which trek one should you choose? Here’s our run-down of the 4 most popular to help you decide:
Inca Trail routes

The routes

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Why Colombia is the best country in Latin America

Today’s blog post comes from Flora Moffat who works at STA Travel’s headquarters in London

I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t Colombia a bit…well…dangerous?

I had to answer this very question every time I was asked where my next holiday was (which, when you work in travel, is a LOT). There are definitely a few rules here; don’t walk around late at night on your own with your SLR on your shoulder and your iPhone headphones in (but in what city is it okay to do that anyway?). Just be safe and cautious and you will experience one of the most fantastic places on earth.

Colombia’s got everything, and I mean everything. It’s a diverse mix of stunning beaches, breath taking views, the lushest, greenest mountains I’ve ever seen (outside of The Shire) vast amounts of wildlife and jaw dropping sunsets. Need I go on? Oh ok then…


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Meet your multi-stop – On the Rum

Multi-stops are the backbone of many an incredible journey, and here at STA Travel we do them better than anyone else with exclusive flexible tickets, innovative routes, the freedom to travel overland and prices you can’t find anywhere else (hence the “exclusive” part).

This time we’re taking a look at one of our more unusual multi-stops, On the Rum. There’s no need to head all the way round the world when planning epic adventures, take the chance to get under the skin of one area, brush up on your samba and visit 8 countries in one go! Meet your multi-stop….

On the Rum multi-stop

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12 Reasons to add South Korea to your to do list

It may not be as well known as its neighbors China and Japan but that’s all set to change as visitors to the Far East discover the variety and beauty of this small country

Separated from its infamous northern neighbour by the notorious DMZ (pretty different from BIG), South Korea is for all intents and purposes an island nation and the only way to get there is to fly. This means that most people’s first impression is of Seoul and often this huge, buzzing, bright, bonkers mega-city is where a visit begins and ends. But Korea is so much more than its capital; scratch the surface and you’ll find a totally beautiful, sometimes bewildering, incredibly friendly country just waiting for you to discover it.


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