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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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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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60 Day Adventure: From The Climb to Dream Time

9:30am Australia time: I touch down in Sydney busting with adrenalin, excited to get the #60dayadventure started!

On the first day I headed to the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge for the Bridgeclimb. I had no idea what to expect apart from a lot for steps (obviously) but my friendly climbing guide walked me through exactly how it would go. We all got kitted out with radio headsets and harnesses, and suddenly the reality that we were about to scale this massive structure became very real!

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5 reasons to visit the Cook Islands

When my fiancé and I were planning our pretty epic honeymoon back in 2013, it’s safe to say we didn’t have a clue what we were doing. We had 2.5 months and we knew we wanted to go to Australia and New Zealand. But that was it. So we decided to speak with one of STA’s Travel Experts (hi, Adam at London Victoria!).

Turned out for the price of a return to Auckland via Melbourne, we could get a Round the World ticket and head home via LA. Score. Then came the suggestion that made our honeymoon: “Air New Zealand do a twice weekly flight from Auckland to Rarotonga and on to LA – you guys could spend a week in the Cook Islands”.

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“Damn…don’t you guys work?” 9 Months Travelling Around the World

In February 2013 Karl Watson and James Walsh quit their jobs and headed off on a 9 month, 20 country, epic adventure around the world! Luckily for us they took a camera with them and their awesome video is now featured on our YouTube channel.

We caught up with Karl and asked the questions you really want to know: How much? Where was best? How did you not kill each other?

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