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6 Totally Awesome USA Festivals Worth Road Tripping For

Getting off the beaten track and seeking out new and authentic experiences is a familiar travel style in Asia, South America and more traditionally “adventurous” destinations. But what about the good old US of A? Outside the metropolises of New York and LA and the brilliant but oft-visited attractions of Graceland and the Grand Canyon, there’s a whole host of fantastic experiences that are worth throwing away that internal flight ticket for.

In fact, it’s a much better idea to jump in a campervan, head out onto the open road and seek out adventure in the wide open US landscape.

These offbeat festivals may be a little “out there” in more ways than one, but they’re a wonderful opportunity to see a side of American life that may otherwise fly by as you fly through.

Image courtesy of BLM Nevada on Flickr.

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10 European festivals you need to show your face at

There’s no better way of getting to know the locals than by throwing tomatoes in their face. Or joining them as they celebrate their King and dress head to toe in orange. Or climbing a mountain and covering them in wine, before they then cover you in wine. Forget the small talk; this is making friends European style.

Orange is the New Black on King's Day, Netherlands.

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Shakedown, Queenstown

This week, our CRM executive Carmen Bergne takes the reigns to spill all she knows about New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown…

Home to the world’s first ever bungee jump at Kawarau Bridge, I think it’s safe to say that Queenstown is, well, the queen (excuse the pun) of adventure sports!

Located at the bottom of the South Island, this town is within reaching distance of an extensive range of natural landmarks and diverse landscapes.

It also happens have a string of restaurants, bars and clubs along the shoreline of an extraordinarily beautiful lake which doesn’t hurt when it comes to deciding to stay there.

Whether you’re looking for a 24/7 party, getting as many thrills as you can or taking in vast swathes of natural beauty, Queenstown has it all. So let’s give you the scoop on where to see and be seen during your visit.

Kawarau Bridge Bungy.

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Soaking Up (or Just Getting Soaked) at Songkran

Songkran, the famous Thai New Year festival, is upon us once again. This infamous festival is where thousands of Thais celebrate the end of the dry season by ‘cleansing’ themselves with water… in open warfare! Not only is it one of the most celebrated Buddhist festivals in Thailand, Songkran is also the world’s largest water fight.

Although Songkran is celebrated in most Thai cities, Chiang Mai and Bangkok are the two best places for the super-soaking festivities. We asked two STA Travel staff to give their personal accounts of this crazy, wet and seriously interactive festival.

I had a blast at Songkran, Thailand.

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High Five… Mardi Gras Parties!

Mardi Gras translates (very literally in our case) as fat Tuesday. A day routed in a time when all thoughts of dietary restraint are cast aside and you’re culturally compelled to dine on anything fat. Traditionally this was to use up eggs, milk and butter before the long cold days of lent ahead where you were expected to restrain from, basically, anything fun.

This year, whether you’ve decided to give up chocolate, cheese, bread or just give up on giving up, check out these top celebrations of Fat Tuesday around the world… and the pancake toppings to take you there.

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