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21 Travel Expert Tips for Planning a Round the World Trip

Planning a round the world trip that you will remember forever is one of the most exciting things you will ever do. The planning stages are almost as much a part of the experience as actually living it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t daunting.

There’s a lot to consider, lots of choices to make, and lots of things you shouldn’t forget. Luckily, we’re experts in putting together these types of trips and have a huge team of people – all travellers themselves – who are here to help you. It’s why they do what they do. They’ve been there, done that, and they’re enthusiastic about sharing their own knowlege and experience with you, and wannabe travellers just like you.

Don’t forget you can visit any of our stores all over the UK, at any time, to talk travelling with any of our Travel Experts, but, to give you a little head start with your plans, I’ve grilled a selection of them for their top tips to get you started.

Speak to the locals and embrace new cultures as much as possible.

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21 Packing Tips

When it comes to packing for a trip how many of you feel a little… um…. stressed out? Yep, me too.

‘Have I taken too much?’, ‘Should I bring that thing that I might need, even though I never use it at home?’, ‘Should I take my straighteners?’, ‘Are 12 pairs of shorts a little excessive?’, ‘My bag won’t shut!’ Sound familiar?

To try and answer a few of these frequently asked questions, below are 21 tips to help make the packing experience a little easier. We’ve already given you 20 Packing List Essentials so you know what to take, but now, here are 21 tips to help with how you pack it all together.

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7 Perfect Places to Pap a Penguin

OK admit it, who’s been watching Spy in the Huddle on BBC One over the past few weeks and is now hastily planning a tour of all the penguin hotspots of the world? Me too!

There are more places to get up close to penguins than you might think, so I’m counting down seven of the best spots around the world where you can pay a visit and make like the paparazzi for some pretty incredible, and very cute, holiday snaps.

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Where and When to Find our ‘Your Big Trip’ Travel Talks

What is the one thing you need to know if you’re booking a round the world trip? How do you get a job after gaining a TEFL qualification? What’s they best way to travel across America? How long do you need to take part in a volunteering project?

When it comes to planning your own big trip, whatever that may be, there’s one thing that you’ll have in common with everyone else planning theirs – questions. And lots of them.

This month and next, our STA Travel stores will be open late to host our ‘Your Big Trip’ travel talks. A series of nights aimed at sharing advice, tips, important information and inspiring ideas you haven’t even considered, straight from the mouths of our own Travel Experts but also from some very knowledgeable and experienced special guests.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, you could win one of a whole heap of prizes, from bus passes to hotel nights, just for turning up! (Oh, and there’ll probably be a free beer or two too, as if you needed any more convincing).

If you’re planning on heading off on your own trip of a lifetime anytime soon, you can’t afford to miss it, and best of all – they’re totally free! Just make sure you reserve your place as soon as possible because places are filling up fast.

So, that’s the ‘why’s’ taken care of, here’s all the info on the ‘when’ and ‘where’s’.

Thousands of excited would be travellers take inspiration from out travel talks every year.

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How to be the Perfect Hostel Dorm Mate

Hostels are great. As a traveller, they provide us with a base that’s comfortable, sociable and fun (hostels are the best place to meet other travellers) and, almost always, centrally located right next to the very things we’ve come to see. Best of all; they’re cheap. Happy days.

I’ve met some of my best travelling pals in hostel dorms, and as anyone who’s ever stayed in university halls will tell you, sometimes you can meet the people who will go on to become your best friends, simply by being thrown together.

However, lets not gloss over the fact that sometimes hostel living can be testing. Drunken screeching at 3am, strangers snoring and farting, other peoples smelly trekking boots at the end of your bed, but hey, it’s all part of the backpacking experience and you wouldn’t change it for the world right?

Here’s our guide to making friends when staying in hostels, and more importantly, keeping them!

Hostel Living: The Do’s and Don’ts!

I opened up the subject to our ever vocal Twitter community, and I couldn’t help but get the feeling that this was a subject that got us all a little stirred up.

Below are my own top tips for being the perfect hostel dorm mate followed by some of the best from Twitter. If you’ve got any tips of your own – share them below!

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