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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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The REAL benefits of travelling

Why travel? Your sofa is comfy and you can see everything via YouTube, right?
Yes, BUT we want ADVENTURE and EXPERIENCE… and other magical benefits, such as…

Friends for life

Trust us, no matter how weird you may think you are, you will 100% find people on your travels that you just click with. It’s a great feeling when you realise that you have so much in common with a person from a distant land! Those amazing travel memories you share will connect you for life!

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What is a RTW ticket?

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and head out into the big wide world? Good decision. But do you just have the vague notion of travelling ‘around the world’ in your head and are not actually sure how it all works? Sure, I hear you. Well lucky for you, you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to tell you everything you need to know about RTW tickets. Just read on my friend it will all make sense…

What does RTW mean?

RTW stands for Round the World. RTW tickets allow you to travel to more than one destination. So round the world could be London to Dubai, Dubai to Sydney, Sydney to Auckland, Auckland to London and you can do all of those destinations on just one ticket! How cool is that?
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Free trip to New Zealand with Kiwi Experience? Yes please!

This year we launched a competition called ‘My epic adventure is…’ for young, budding backpackers to win a FREE trip to New Zealand with Kiwi Experience! All you guys had to do was send us a snap summing up what your ultimate epic adventure was, we had loads of entries and it was a VERY difficult decision but the winner had to be James Ranken with this unbelievable picture…

my epic adventure isinstagram.com/jamesranken

So off he went on his epic adventure around New Zealand with Kiwi Experience. But first, I think it would be worth getting to know them both a little bit better, don’t you think?

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