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South Africa’s Garden Route: Know Before You Go

Today’s blog comes from STA Travel’s very own Trish Black who works in our Arizona office and recently spent time on South Africa’s Garden Route.

So you’ve read the guidebooks, Google image searched your heart away and have decided that this South African Garden Route thing sounds pretty good. Now what? Fortunately for you, lucky traveller, we’ve been there, and have a few tips and revelations for you before you go….

Garden Route landscape

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5 Essential Tactics For Dorm Room Survival

Today’s blog comes from Amy Baker, a travel writer currently holed up in London writing her first book. You’re most likely to find her dreaming of a return to Colombia or staring out of her window plotting which neighbourhood cat to “borrow”.

Ideally we would all travel the world sleeping upon mattresses woven from ethically harvested liger fur in 8 star hotels that are lovingly cleaned from top to bottom every day, but sadly that just isn’t realistic.

When temperatures are through the roof, no-one has the cash to splash on air-con and there are 18 of you crammed into one room straight from a 24-hour bus ride, tensions will arise. Follow these tips to ensure you don’t end up with 17 new enemies and zero sleep…


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Emirates Insider – Milan

Today’s blog comes from Tom Fenton, a Travel Expert from our Victoria Store, who in October 2014 was picked to be one of 4 Emirates Insiders and sent to explore Milan…with a little help from you.

I’d worked in our central London store for a year and a half when I was chosen to travel as an Emirates Insider to Milan. Despite travelling all over the world I’d never been to Northern Italy so when I got the call there was no way I was saying no. Plus I’m very photogenic (stop giggling).

We all know that if someone’s actually been to a destination and can recommend something then it can really help you get under the skin of the city and we tapped into our Facebook community to get their thoughts on Milan’s top sites. I loved reading the comments before jetting off to plan my adventure…


 

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9 Romantic Experiences in Thailand

Today’s blog comes from Jay, our Tailor Made Asia Expert who’s travelled extensively in the region including time in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam as well as a stint living in Cambodia.

With the dreaded hotly anticipated Valentine’s day just around the corner, romance is on my mind (what can I say, I’m soft like that). Combine that with our friends at Bridge the World giving away a Tailor Made trip for 2 to Thailand with the winner (hopefully) announced on February 14th and there’s no wonder the title of this blog sprang to mind.

Massive disclaimer – the activities here would be great with or without a significant other. After all, who wants to share their lovingly prepared Tom Kha Gai with anyone, beloved or otherwise?

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5 Health Questions Every Potential Traveller Should Ask

Today’s blog comes from Michael Huxley, founder of Bemused Backpacker and a qualified charge nurse with a specific interest in emergency nursing and travel medicine. He’s been backpacking around the world on numerous gap and snap years for well over a decade.

Taking a big trip is one of the single most awesome, life changing experiences that you can ever give yourself. But for many people this dream adventure can also be a little daunting. Tales of malaria infested jungles and tropical diseases that leave you glued to the toilet for days are commonplace. Misinformation is rife and worrying can even put people off travel altogether.

Don’t let it.

A little preparation and the right knowledge before you leave can save you a lot of trouble later on and help make sure that you stay fit and healthy on the road and, if you are unfortunate enough to get sick, it can help get you back on your feet.

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