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How to plan a gap year

The Gap Year gospel according to STA Travel, hold onto your backpack, it’s about to get biblical.
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The five China destinations you shouldn’t miss!

My final visit to this banger. Can't believe that I've got less than two months left in China

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I’m Jordan, a 24-year-old Brit who has spent the last 10 months based in one of China’s largest and busiest cities, Chongqing. I moved to China in pursuit of a more travel-focused lifestyle, with a desire to see for myself and photograph a country not often found on the typical backpacking route through Asia.

I’ve extensively explored some of China’s best kept secrets, and having filled more memory cards than I can keep count of, STA Travel invited me to present to you some imagery of my five favourite travel destinations in The Middle Kingdom right now…

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7 reasons you should travel India on your Gap Year

When choosing where to go on your Gap Year, you’ve probably got some key things that a country needs to offer, whether it’s blissful beaches, full moon parties, world famous monuments, epic trekking, life-changing volunteering projects or, quite simply, really cheap beers. Want all of the above? Pfft, no problem. We’re now going to convince you, in 7 simple points, that India is the place to travel on your gap year.

1. India is a proper culture shock

Taj Mahal

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69 thoughts everyone has while on a Contiki Tour!

You haven’t lived until you have experienced a Contiki tour. Who is ready to go down memory lane?
69 Thoughts on a Contiki Tour!

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Grad Scheme vs. Gap Year: Why You Should Travel After Uni

Ellie is one of the Brand Ambassadors for STA in Durham, so expect to see her out and about promoting travel deals and events, as well as shouting about it on Facebook. She’s an adventure-lover and answering the age old question of “what should I do after Uni?”. Here’s her take on the argument:

If you’re graduating, it’s got to that stage in the year now where everyone is thinking about that looming reality on the horizon: Real Life. Lots of people are sneaking off to interview for big companies with acronym names, some are spending almost as much time on their grad scheme applications as their degrees and the question everyone seems to be asking at the moment, is the slightly terrifying, “So, what are your plans for next year?”

But I’m not ready to deal with all that yet. My most detailed current plan is to have no plan. So I’m going to make the case for gap year over grad scheme in your first year after your degree. No job? No problem…

1. You Probably Need a Break…


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