It’s no secret that we’re pretty crazy about travelling here at STA Travel, it would be a bit weird if we weren’t right?! But over the next few weeks, as part of our new Your Big Trip campaign, we’ve got a bit more overexcited than usual.
Huge discounts, tonnes of new inspiration (have you seen our new round the world pages of the website – they’re fancy) as well as a brand spanking new Your Big Trip brochure to boot.
Our travel experts will be talking about big trips even more than usual over the next few weeks, so what better time to grill them about their own first big travel experience.
Say 'cheesy!' Travel Expert Josh from London.
This November, a group of our lucky Travel Experts headed off on a trip to New South Wales, Australia. Laura McLeay, from STA Travel Edinburgh, shares her experience of the groups experience learning to surf at Byron Bay.
Australia, Australia, Australia – it’s one in a million. After touching down at Sydney airport it strangely doesn’t feel like the 21 hours on a plane that it take to get here from the UK. Australia has so much to offer and I’ve been selling trips here for years, so I knew we were all in for an amazing time over the next couple of weeks. My own personal highlight, was a trip from Sydney to Byron Bay at to a place called Spot X with the wonderful guys at Mojo Surf. Hopping on a Greyhound bus at 7am from Sydney, we hit Spot X at 3pm, having napped and nattered on the bus the drive went past quickly. However like all long bus journeys (and there are a fair few of them to be had in Australia) it makes things a lot easier to deal with when you know that, after getting off the bus, you’re going to be presented with a view straight from Robinson Crusoe…
Getting ready to start surfing!
This November I was lucky enough to be chosen to accompany four competition winners on an trip across America as part of our epic #UncoverDiscoverUSA road trips. We started our adventure in Miami before travelling into the Deep South taking in Florida Key West, Dallas, Memphis and New Orleans.
After a few days getting aquatinted with Miami and the Keys, we hit Dallas where we joined the Grand Southern one of a number of group tours in the USA exclusively designed for anyone aged between 18 and 35.
Having never travelled as part group made up entirely of young people before I was excited about the fun that was undoubtedly coming our way, but also slightly nervous… I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, or how being in a group of up to 50 people would affect the experience for myself and our competition winners.
But I needn’t have worried, what followed was 5 days of some of the best fun I’ve ever had while travelling and here’s why…
Group fun on the Dallas Cowboys pitch.
In September this year, 5 very lucky STA Travel agents we’re whisked off on a whirlwind week long trip to Colombia, for a short, but very sweet, trip to experience the very best of this fantastic country. One of those Experts, Martyn Bone, couldn’t wait to spill the beans about his first time in Colombia, and explain why he plans to come back again and again.
So, imagine how you feel when the manager phones on your day off… you ignore the ringing and wait for a more convenient time to call back right? Well in my case, that changed when the flashing message was to say there’s a trip to Colombia with my name on it! It’s safe to say I was back on that phone straight away and to be honest, already thinking about stepping off our plane into the Colombian sunshine!
I’ve spent over 3 months in Latin America on a previous Round the World adventure, but never reached the historic cities, tropical jungles and glorious beaches of Colombia. The continent has so much to offer any type of traveler and really is a place where you can get totally immersed in the culture, luckily for me, it’s still a land less travelled in relation to some other places in South America. Whatever your ‘thing’, be it history, food, music or just the great outdoors, Colombia’s got it all.
Starting out on the Lost City Trek.
Get ready to be inspired, we’ve just launched our brand spanking new YouTube channel!
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To kick things off, check out the first few videos from our #UncoverDiscoverUSA road trips – which are happening right now, until 6th November 2013.