I’m not going to lie, I’m a sucker for a cute animal. I’m one of those people that will share a picture of a puppy or kitten on Facebook purely because it looks sweet.
Seeing a picture of a baby Labrador when I log on in the morning makes me smile, and provides a nice feeling to start the day – and that’s what’s inspired me to write this post.
Step away from the PC, here are some furry feel good factors you can actually experience for yourself around the world.
Walk between the trees and get up close and personal with the Orangutans in Borneo.
“Exactly what is a sabbatical and how can I get myself one of those?” I hear you ask – and if you weren’t asking before – you probably are now…
Put simply, a sabbatical is an agreed, and unless you’re very lucky, usually unpaid, amount of time away from work.
If you manage to secure a sabbatical, it means that you are still technically employed by the company you work for, but are just enjoying a ‘career break’, giving you the opportunity to enjoy those experiences you’ve been dreaming about at your desk for the past few months or years.
I’m not going to lie, they aren’t necessarily easy to secure. Not all companies offer them, but some do, and if you’re one of the lucky enough to have the opportunity to take advantage of unpaid (or paid) leave, you should grab it with both hands.
Here is a 5 step plan to making that happen.
The dust has finally settled from the party month of December; the presents are open, your jeans are a little tighter and the hangovers are (almost) a distant memory.
So what else is there to do in the notoriously dull month of January, except day dream of your next big travel adventure as you hit the gym, or comfort eat and watch Eastenders, during the cold, winter evenings?
Well, you could stop day dreaming and start doing, that’s what. The best thing about January? The sales of course!
Right now is the perfect opportunity to book that trip that you have been dreaming about for ages. Savings like the one’s we have this month, don’t come around very often – so there really is no better time to put your plans into action.
Tours are great. Personally I love them. You get to see all the best bits of a country or region while someone else take care of all the bits, such as transport and accommodation, which usually end up distracting you from the real reason you came – to explore and experience.
But sometimes, time can move a little too fast on a tour, it can feel like you’ve only just arrived when it’s already time to go, meaning it’s not really the perfect way of getting ‘under the skin’ of the place you’re visiting.
This is the very reason we’re introducing our new form of adventure tour; local living experiences. A perfect combination of the local knowledge and support provided by a tour, along with the ultimate freedom of really getting to know an area of the world in your own way, in your own time.
It’s the fast track way of living like a local; for those who don’t have time to live like a local.
It’s the first Travel Gauntlet of 2013, have you missed us? Of course you have! If you haven’t read the Travel Gauntlet before, then where have you been?!
This is the place where we pit the extraordinary knowledge of our big brained travel experts, against the enthusiasm and experience of one of our trusty blog readers.
This week we have 2 titans of travel stepping into our metaphorical ring…
In the red corner it’s…
STA Travel Bath Travel Expert Sophie Richards. Here she is enjoying a pretty spectacular view of Queenstown, New Zealand.
Here's Sophie looking pretty pleased with that view of legendary Queenstown, New Zealand.