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Doha in a Day or Two

Here at STA Travel Towers we’ve been getting all dreamy eyed over Qatar Airways‘ cheap flights to, well, practically everywhere. We couldn’t quite decide which of their 125 destinations we’d most love to jet off to – Dubai, Bangkok, Goa, Perth – so we settled for Doha, the airline’s base where most flights stop off on the way elsewhere. Naturally we put on our research hats and started uncovering the best things to do in Qatar’s capital city, so even if you’re not heading there for a holiday, you can maximise your stopover and cram in all the good bits.

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No Regrets: The Things I Saw in Oz When I Wasn’t At Uni

Today’s blog comes from our Student Travel Ambassador at Sheffield University, Sophia Amico… 

You know that sinking feeling in your stomach when you haven’t got a clue which direction your life is heading or where you even want it to go? You have that unnecessary pressure to go to university with all your pals so you don’t get left behind, but deep down you’re itching to see the world.

So you spend hours ripping your hair out applying through the never-ending process known as UCAS. I know I did. Then I spent hours lying awake at night wishing that somebody could make the decision for me; I would ask teachers, friends, family, anyone that would listen: should I go to uni or head off into the world travelling? Although everybody advised me to go to university first, I knew in my gut that it wasn’t for me.

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Shakedown, Lima

When people think of Peru they inevitably picture Machu Picchu – it’s hard not to. The World Heritage Site attracts thousands of tourists every year through the Ancient Inca Capital of Cuzco. Yet it’s the sprawling city of Lima that holds the title of Peru’s official capital. So what’s the deal with Lima?

Lima’s had a bit of a bad rep among the typical traveller crowd. For Peru’s capital city, it’s often overlooked by tourists heading to Machu Picchu, seeing it as a foggy, grey, transport hub. Well, in some ways they’re right. Lima lacks the scenic backdrops of Arequipa and the Inca heritage of Cuzco; being a far more urban metropolis, covered for most of the year in a blanket of fog.

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Shakedown, Las Vegas

Ever since I first saw the glittering lights of the Las Vegas Strip, I’ve raved enthusiastically to anyone who’ll listen about America’s so-called ‘Sin City’. Despite being too young to drink or gamble during that first two-week visit, I wasn’t bored for a second. Who can be bored with the sights of Paris, Venice and Hollywood on your doorstep (in hotel form)?

There’s definitely more to the city than casinos and themed hotels, but that glitzy, buzzing Vegas of the movies – filled with slot machines, nightclubs, champagne and limos - is absolutely real. And it’s what makes the place so incredibly exciting to be in.

So if you’ve never seen it, add it to your hit list now. It’s hard to believe that a city famous for legalised gambling – something that’s so not a big deal for us Brits – could be packed full of fun, culture and seriously nice holiday hot spots. No wonder it’s the stag party capital of the world! Here’s our handy beginner’s guide to Las Vegas…

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8 Reasons We Wish We Could Bring Our Dads Travelling

In case you’d forgotten, Father’s Day is just around the corner (don’t panic, there’s still time to hit the shops and grab an embarrassing card). So naturally we’re getting all sentimental and thinking about what makes our dads so great, and why they’d be pretty awesome to go travelling with. Sure most of us can’t wait to head out into the big wide world, parent-free, once we’re old enough but there’s something to be said for a bit of one-on-one time with your dad, too. So in the lead up to 15th June (put it in your diaries!), we’ve come up with a few reasons why we’d love to buy an extra ticket for our dads and whisk them away on our round the world trip with us.


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