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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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No Regrets: The Things I Saw in Oz When I Wasn’t At Uni

Today’s blog comes from our Student Travel Ambassador at Sheffield University, Sophia Amico… 

You know that sinking feeling in your stomach when you haven’t got a clue which direction your life is heading or where you even want it to go? You have that unnecessary pressure to go to university with all your pals so you don’t get left behind, but deep down you’re itching to see the world.

So you spend hours ripping your hair out applying through the never-ending process known as UCAS. I know I did. Then I spent hours lying awake at night wishing that somebody could make the decision for me; I would ask teachers, friends, family, anyone that would listen: should I go to uni or head off into the world travelling? Although everybody advised me to go to university first, I knew in my gut that it wasn’t for me.

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Shakedown, Lima

When people think of Peru they inevitably picture Machu Picchu – it’s hard not to. The World Heritage Site attracts thousands of tourists every year through the Ancient Inca Capital of Cuzco. Yet it’s the sprawling city of Lima that holds the title of Peru’s official capital. So what’s the deal with Lima?

Lima’s had a bit of a bad rep among the typical traveller crowd. For Peru’s capital city, it’s often overlooked by tourists heading to Machu Picchu, seeing it as a foggy, grey, transport hub. Well, in some ways they’re right. Lima lacks the scenic backdrops of Arequipa and the Inca heritage of Cuzco; being a far more urban metropolis, covered for most of the year in a blanket of fog.

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Shakedown, Las Vegas

Ever since I first saw the glittering lights of the Las Vegas Strip, I’ve raved enthusiastically to anyone who’ll listen about America’s so-called ‘Sin City’. Despite being too young to drink or gamble during that first two-week visit, I wasn’t bored for a second. Who can be bored with the sights of Paris, Venice and Hollywood on your doorstep (in hotel form)?

There’s definitely more to the city than casinos and themed hotels, but that glitzy, buzzing Vegas of the movies – filled with slot machines, nightclubs, champagne and limos - is absolutely real. And it’s what makes the place so incredibly exciting to be in.

So if you’ve never seen it, add it to your hit list now. It’s hard to believe that a city famous for legalised gambling – something that’s so not a big deal for us Brits – could be packed full of fun, culture and seriously nice holiday hot spots. No wonder it’s the stag party capital of the world! Here’s our handy beginner’s guide to Las Vegas…

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