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6 unconventional winter breaks

Winter is here and the familiar exodus to the beaches of Corfu begins (and nothing wrong with that – Corfu is beautiful). But if you fancy going a little further afield this year we’ve rounded up six of our top most unconventional winter holiday hotspots.

Rajasthan

A glimpse of Rajasthan's local landmarks

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Asian Adventure: Vietnam on a Shoestring

Today’s blog comes from Laura Jenkins, a Travel Expert in our London Goodge Street store.

Now I’m an STA Travel Expert and I spend my days advising people on their adventure plans, but last year I was another travel lover in desperate need of a quick getaway. I grabbed an STA Travel brochure and flicked through the pages. I knew I wanted Southeast Asia. I knew I only had two weeks to play with. I knew my funds had seen better days. What I needed was the perfect culture-time-budget combo…and suddenly it jumped out at me, Vietnam on a Shoestring. The small group trip seemed like the best way to see the most of Vietnam in a short time on a pretty small budget, and meet some great travel buddies as I was flying solo. I was not wrong…

Lanterns
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Work Canada – Snow and Sun

Today’s post comes from Billie Norman who travelled to Canada in 2012 and 2013 with BUNAC’s Work Canada program.

From my first visit at the age of 7, I knew Canada was the place for me. By the time school had ended I was itching to get out of England and finally immerse myself in the Canadian experience and I couldn’t think of a better way to do this than to head out and do a snow season or two.

Banff
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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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