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17 Adventure Tours Under £800

It’s a well worn myth that you need to empty your purse into a black hole in order to really see the world. Yes, if you want to spend 10 months flying to 12 countries it is going to cost a bit (though not quite as much as you might think), but you’d be genuinely surprised how much you can see of the world in less than 2 weeks on a budget.

It’s important to remember that the prices below don’t include international flights so you will need to budget for those as well as some meals and optional activities. But with transport, accommodation & loads of other inclusions, these adventures represent a big chunk of your trip budget. They’re also all small group experiences (most with an average of 14 people) so you can really get off the beaten track and into areas it’s very hard to reach solo.

So in the spirit of our 2015 resolutions (go small), we thought it was time to pick out our favourite adventures from the weird, wonderful and downright awesome trips out there all for under £800*. Where will 2015 take you?


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What is it really like to climb Kilimanjaro?

In December a group of 9 STA’ers headed to Tanzania to conquer the mighty Kili and raise money for the STA Travel Foundation. With the experience still fresh in their minds we sat 5 of them down and asked them the questions anyone thinking of climbing Africa’s highest mountain needs to know…


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The Perfect Peru Itinerary

When asked what they know about Peru many people jump straight to Machu Picchu (not literally, it’s quite a long hike). Some conspiracy theorists history buffs may also talk of  the amazing and still genuinely mysterious lines at Nazca. Other than these, Peru’s highlights are discussed in roughly the same manner that astrophysics is at STA Towers…briefly and with very little actual knowledge.

With this in mind, we’ve drawn from our own journeys and the experiences of our Travel Experts to pull together a guide to the wonders of Peru. This itinerary can be followed point by point, mixed up, added to, subtracted from or discarded entirely. But it’s pretty good. We promise.


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Frigid Five: 5 places that do winter properly

The British winter is not internationally renowned for it’s ferocity, beauty or quite frankly anything other than being a bit wet and cold. Sure the north of Scotland gets some pretty epic snow fall and there are a couple of fields in the south west that when covered in frost and deer make the front pages of certain less news-centric papers, but in general the season is rather mediocre.  (Think we’ve qualified that enough…pretty worried about reprisals from the British Winter Society.)

We’ve searched the globe (figuratively, there’s no budget for a winter recky to look at snow) and found 5 places that do winter properly. A Frigid Five if you will. Or if you wont.

Bridge to nowhere
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What’s it like to work as a shark scientist in South Australia? We’ll tell you…

Earlier this year, we sent 8 lucky winners to complete exciting internships in South Australia. Today’s blog comes from Rory Mulloy, an Assistant Shark Scientist based in Port Lincoln, having secured a full time role on completion of his placement.

Twenty-five metres down on the ocean floor, cold water creeping into the gaps in my hood and chilling my neck, while cautiously watching rays, groupers and great white sharks glide around the cage, I had the sudden realisation that I was in my new ‘office’. I have never wanted a desk job, but this is about as far from my previous office as I could have hoped for.

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