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5 lesser known Indian festivals

Now, don’t get us wrong, Holi is amazing. Whether it’s from the depths of Rajasthan or a park near Battersea, the sight of revellers covered in colourful powder had become common all over the world. But, though being painted by a rainbow is undoubtedly a whole lot of fun, there are numerous other events throughout India every year that are no less amazing for their lack of opportunity to throw stuff at your mates.

India has a population of 1.2 billion people so calling any festival based there “lesser known” is stretching it a bit. But, while some have entered the traveller popular conciousness others have remained more obscure. Build one of these amazing experiences into your trip for a unique taste of India’s diverse, incredible culture.


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7 TOP TIPS FOR SURVIVING A FULL MOON PARTY

Today’s blog comes from STA Travel Student Ambassador Rachel Skillen, in Sheffield. 

Each month up to 30,000 travellers from around the world flock to the island of Koh Phangan, Thailand for the world famous Full Moon Party. The beach erupts with neon, pulsating music rocks the sand and fire performers entertain the crowds. If only for the atmosphere and people watching opportunities this is an experience not to be missed – but to make sure the night runs smoothly and you have the best possible party here are my 7 tips for survival.

Image from Flickr courtesy of Joe Stump

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Shakedown, Rio de Janeiro

Brazil‘s been in the spotlight this week for all the wrong reasons; losing 7-1 to Germany on their own turf has gotta hurt. But it’s the turf that we’re more interested in here, not the football – this is a travel website after all.

Commonly known as just Rio, the exciting Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil with a population of 6.4 million (though it’s not the capital, pub quiz fans). Famed for its breathtaking views, chilled beach culture and annual carnival, Rio’s a must-see hotspot for travellers with a hunger for partying and beautiful vistas. Can’t ask for more really, can you?

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America: “I’ve Been Everywhere”

Today’s blog comes from Jade Edwards, a Travel Expert in our Manchester store. 

Over the past few years I have seen and explored more than my fair share of America and my state count is getting closer to completion, “from California to New York Island”!

If, like me (and my pal Johnny Cash), you’ve ventured far and wide throughout the States and been ‘everywhere’, you may think another America trip will just consist of returning to the same awesome places you’ve been before. However, if you’re looking for an All American experience that goes a little deeper, or even if you’ve never ventured to the States and want a trip that’s a little difference, then I have a few recommendations and tips from my most recent trip in May that could help you out.

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5 places to go if you can’t get enough of Wimbledon

As if football fever wasn’t enough, now us Brits are getting all in a tizzy over the tennis too. Wimbledon 2014 is in full swing (geddit?) and to save (ha!) you from the blues when it’s all over, we’re serving you up a nice handy list of ace exotic places to escape to for the summer. We promise you’ll love them (ok that’s enough).

But these aren’t just any old destinations, they’re the hometowns of five of this year’s biggest tennis stars, so if you really can’t get enough of Wimbledon 2014, you can just jet off and check out where the likes of Serena Williams held their first tennis rackets…

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