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High Five… Galapagos Islands!

Resting in the Pacific Ocean 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, these 19 volcanic islands have been inspiring travellers with their natural wonders for hundreds of years. Charles Darwin famously rocked up here during his voyage on the Beagle and the observations he made went a long towards proving his theory of natural selection.

Despite the popular image of the islands as essentially an ecological theme park containing little more than lizards and strangely named birds, the Galapagos boasts several towns (the largest, Puerto Ayora, has a population of around 18,000) which have built up around the tourist industry. Outside of these however, most of the islands are still preserved at their wild best, with fearless animals and stunning landscapes.

We’ve already told you All You’ll Ever Need to Know About Travelling the Galapagos Islands but now we’re giving you our pick of the top 5 experiences too!

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Ask the Experts: Which are the Best Thai Islands?

It’s Ask the Experts time again here on the blog and this week we’re going to be teleporting you to paradise. This week’s question has been sent in by Jonah in Derby and is all about the beautiful islands of Thailand. What’s your question Jonah?

I’m off to Thailand Island Hopping in December what are your trips for the ‘must see’ islands and why? Jonah, Derby.

Ooooh good question! With an abundance of stunning islands to hop between in southern Thailand the decision of where to go will leave you with a big decision to make (although to be fair not exactly a bad decision to make!)

But luckily for you, our two experts Claire and Lucy are at the top of their game, and are here to offer some sound advice. What you saying ladies?

Railay Beach, Krabi.

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How Much Does it Cost to Travel in South America for 3 Months?

We’ve recently bought you How Much Money Will I Need to Travel in Asia for 3 Months? and, How Much Money Will I Need to Travel in Australasia for 3 Months? and now, we’re ready to tackle mighty South America.

This is a very, very, rough guide, but should help you construct that all important ball park figure when saving for your trip.

Remember, there are so many variables, including where you go, how long you are staying for, how much comfort you prefer, what you want to do, and, how much you can party, so the general rule for travelling is – the more money you can take, the better!

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11 Reasons to Head to New Zealand in Winter

If you’re anything like me, summer holidays are for spending somewhere hot. We get enough cold weather in the UK, after all, so why spend summer trying to keep warm when you could be lying on a beach soaking up the rays, right?

Yep, that was pretty much my train of thought. So I was incredibly excited when I found out I’d be spending a week in New Zealand in June. Until it slowly dawned on me: New Zealand is in the Southern hemisphere. Their seasons are opposite to the UK. So in December and January they’re soaking up the sun, and from June – August… you guessed it, it’s the middle of winter.

But guess what? New Zealand in June was so beautiful, so snow-covered, so full of amazing outdoor activities that could only happen in winter and so much fun that hitting the beach was the last thing on my mind.

The Queenstown Winter Festival Dog Derby contestants get serious | Image courtesy of Stefan Haworth

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Ask the Experts: What are the Unmissable Sights Around Ontario and Toronto, Canada?

It’s Ask the Experts time, it’s Ask the Experts time! Can you tell I’m excited?! It’s the time of the week where two of our Travel Experts step away from their duties in store and take the helm of the STA Travel Blog to answer your questions.

This week Rebecca in Aberdeen as been in touch, but before our Experts get started on answering Rebecca’s qestion, here’s your opportunity to get involved in the STA Travel Blog and have the Experts tackle your own travel question; send us an email now and they’ll answer it for you right here on the blog very soon.

Ok, so, what’s your question for our Experts Rebecca?

At the end of August I am going to Canada to study abroad for a year with my university. I am staying in Kingston, Ontario, not far from Toronto. What are the unmissable sights in Canada, and in Ontario or Toronto especially? Also, have you got any money-saving advice for travelling around Canada? Rebecca, Aberdeen.

Thanks for your question Rebecca, we’ve got two Travel Experts here, both ready and waiting to help you out. Let’s see what advice Lucy and Claire have to share…

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