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Ask the Experts: New Year’s Eve in India

Got a hankering for a dose of travel inspiration? Ready to be bowled over by travel prowess? Curious about travel, but not sure where to start? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Ask the Experts is our weekly blog post that gives you the chance to ask some of our finest Travel Experts your very own travel related question.

I know! It sounds too good to be true, but it’s all true, very true. So true, in fact, that you can email us with your own travel question, and the Experts will answer it over the next few weeks right here on the STA Travel Blog.

Now let’s hear from one man who did just that, and have a read of this week’s questioner. It’s Steve from Leicester, everybody! Steve, what’s on your mind?

I’ve managed to get myself 5 weeks off work to explore India. I’m flying on Boxing Day and will be out there for New Year’s Eve. Where’s the best place to be to see in the New Year? I’m looking for a great party atmosphere at the same time as experiencing New Year’s Eve, India style. Steve from Leicester

Great question, Steve, and I know just the lady to help you figure out where to party like it’s 1999. Travel Expert Jessica, help Steve out!

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Whatever happened to those Olympic stadiums?

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m well and truly in the midst of Olympic fever. But rather than letting my new found obsession distract me from my job, I thought I’d channel that energy into something positive. That’s instead of chanelling it into hitting ‘refresh’ every 5 minutes on my ‘Greco-Wrestling Update’ Twitter feed, in case you’re wondering.

So, productivity firmly in place, I got to thinking of a way to combine my long established love affair wtih travel with my (let’s face it) short fling with the Olympics. Suddenly, the answer to my quest hit me like a (Usain) bolt of lightening: the Olympic stadiums, of course!

22 cities around the world have hosted the modern Olympic Games; that’s 22 cities with Olympic Stadiums that, surely, must have a story to tell. What are the stadiums being used for now? Have they fallen into a state of disarray, or have they been lovingly cherished and turned into some sort of water park (surely not!)?

My search for those stories took me all over the world (OK, the internet), to find out just what had happened to the Olympic Stadiums of yesteryear. Here’s my pick of the best.

The rings are instantly recognisable, but can the same be said of the Olympic stadiums? | Image courtesy of Revenge of the Rings

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Beginners Guide to Colombia

I can’t get enough of Colombia at the moment. It’s the rising star of South America that seems to have everything any self-respecting backpacker could desire – iconic treks, adventure sports, a fascinating history, stunning beaches, friendly people and a location that’s still, somehow, off the tourist trail.

It’s no wonder that I just had to give Colombia a massive High Five a couple of weeks ago. If that Blog post got you googling all thing Colombia-related, this one will have you getting out your credit card and booking a flight.

I’ll take you through how to get there, when to go, what to do, what you just can’t miss and, of course, what to eat in South America’s most vibrant country. Ladies and gentlemen, flashpackers and backpackers – I give you the Beginners Guide to Colombia.

Parque Tayrona, Colombia

Parque Tayrona, one of the many beautiful sights Colombia has to offer | Image by szeke

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6 Things You Need To Know About Adventure Tours

Adventure tours rock my world – almost as much as Passionfruit Mojitos (almost).

And, sometimes they get a bit of a bad rep. The majority of us who have experienced life as part of a tour group wouldn’t look back, but some – rather unfairly – dismiss the idea of adventure touring right off the bat.

Common misconceptions include; ‘they’re so expensive’ and ‘you don’t get time to do your own thing’, and that’s exactly what they are – misconceptions. Whether you’ve ever thought about taking an adventure tour or not, it’s important that you read the rest of this blog.

Adventure tours offer a whole host of ways to experience an authentic taste of culture

Below are 6, very good, reasons why I think adventure touring is the ultimate way to travel, including some opinions from our ever vocal Twitter community thrown in for good measure.

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Your Rio Carnival Survival Guide

Imagine you’re in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s buzzing second largest city. The streets are alive with the sounds of samba, the smells of caiprinhas and barbequed meat. Everywhere you look you see vibrant colours, feathers and quite a few sequins.

It can only be the Rio Carnival, the world’s most famous celebration that attracts around 2 million people all ready to party hard on the streets of Rio.

Check out our guide to surviving the Rio Carnival. It’s full of advice and tantalising tips to help you make the most of every single sequinned-head-dress, street-party-dancing, samba-moves-busting minute.

Passista da Portela

Carnivaaaaaal! | Image by Leandro's World Tour

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