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Our Favourite 12, Super Affordable, 1 Week Adventures

‘I want a holiday’. How many times have you uttered that sentence so far this year? For me, it’s got to be around 26 times (yep I’m boring myself as well as everyone else).

If you’re in my position but your bank balance is out to spoil your fun, then you should find this list of affordable adventures pretty interesting.

Here are 12 of our best value, week long, adventures, meaning that you can get away on the kind of awesome experience you’ve been jealously hearing about from your friends for the past few months. Which one’s caught your eye?

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All You’ll Ever Need to Know About Travelling the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a pristine wildlife haven off the coast of Ecuador, South America, and a place of legend thanks to a certain Mr Darwin and his Theory of Evolution.

They’re remote, bursting with uniquely interesting wildlife and landscapes and, rather refreshingly, the mark left by human foot print is minimal, which means that you are able to experience a travel experience like no other.

Snorkel with sea lions, mingle with giant tortoise and climb volcanoes as you explore one of the most bio-diverse places in the world.

A trip like this will really set you apart from the travel pack and offer up some fascinating ‘once in a life time’ experiences, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s going to be hard to prepare for. But, it doesn’t have to be that way… Below is everything you need to know about planning a trip to the Galapagos.

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7 Perfect Places to Pap a Penguin

OK admit it, who’s been watching Spy in the Huddle on BBC One over the past few weeks and is now hastily planning a tour of all the penguin hotspots of the world? Me too!

There are more places to get up close to penguins than you might think, so I’m counting down seven of the best spots around the world where you can pay a visit and make like the paparazzi for some pretty incredible, and very cute, holiday snaps.

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14 Reasons to Visit Fiji Before You Die (Of Jealousy)

In 2011, I set off on an epic round the world trip that would take me through Egypt, Nepal, India, South East Asia, New Zealand, the USA and, most excitingly for me, Fiji.

Having worked at STA Travel for 2 and a half years before I decided to take a 6 month sabbatical, I was very aware of my options when it came to my own round the world trip and I had been inspired to include a 10 day stop in Fiji from the very beginning of the planning stage.

Constantly writing about the beautiful beaches, turquoise lagoons, and laid back vibe made me desperate to experience it for myself – I wanted to be as far away from London as I could – both geographically and metaphorically. So, Fiji was catapulted straight to the top of my sabbatical ‘hit list’ and I built the rest of my trip around my time there.

I’m a bit of a ‘doer’ at heart, so I was a little worried that 10 days might be too much if all I was going to be doing was sitting around on the beach all day (however stunning that beach may be). But I needn’t have worried, after 10 days, when the time came to head off to LA, I wasn’t ready to go! I wanted to stay longer and continue with the things I hadn’t had time to do yet!

Fiji’s a pretty incredible place, and while I have this blog at my disposal, I’m going to spend 5 minutes telling you why I loved Fiji – and why I think you have to have to go. So don’t be jealous – just be on your way…

Not a bad way to soothe my hangover on Fiji party island Beachcomber

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Where and When to Find our ‘Your Big Trip’ Travel Talks

What is the one thing you need to know if you’re booking a round the world trip? How do you get a job after gaining a TEFL qualification? What’s they best way to travel across America? How long do you need to take part in a volunteering project?

When it comes to planning your own big trip, whatever that may be, there’s one thing that you’ll have in common with everyone else planning theirs – questions. And lots of them.

This month and next, our STA Travel stores will be open late to host our ‘Your Big Trip’ travel talks. A series of nights aimed at sharing advice, tips, important information and inspiring ideas you haven’t even considered, straight from the mouths of our own Travel Experts but also from some very knowledgeable and experienced special guests.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, you could win one of a whole heap of prizes, from bus passes to hotel nights, just for turning up! (Oh, and there’ll probably be a free beer or two too, as if you needed any more convincing).

If you’re planning on heading off on your own trip of a lifetime anytime soon, you can’t afford to miss it, and best of all – they’re totally free! Just make sure you reserve your place as soon as possible because places are filling up fast.

So, that’s the ‘why’s’ taken care of, here’s all the info on the ‘when’ and ‘where’s’.

Thousands of excited would be travellers take inspiration from out travel talks every year.

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