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#RTW: The Jubilee

It turns out that our Travel Experts are a patriotic bunch. They were beavering away recently, planning amazing round the world itineraries, and they just couldn’t resist showing their appreciation for Queen and country.

The result? Our most patriotic round the world route yet. Citizens of Great Britain, I give you The Jubilee! Taking in a whopping 17 Commonwealth countries, if this trip doesn’t make you feel proud to be a part of it all, nothing will.

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The Ultimate Set List for this Summer’s Music Festivals

Wave your phones in the air if you love getting into the thick of the live action at a massive music festival!

Music and travel are pretty much the perfect trouble, throw in food and we’ve got ourselves a tasty love triangle. Knowing that, we’ve turned our gaze towards this year’s incredible line up of music festivals, both across the UK, and further out to Europe.

This is by no means an exhaustive list; there are smaller festivals stamping their mark on the circuit, and gigs galore rolling through the UK.

To kick things off, and get you in the mood, flick on this playlist that you guys helped to pull together over on Facebook. It was themed on the best way to kick off your adventures, and it’s a firm favourite on the turntables at STA Travel Towers.

So, now you’re in the mood, let’s move on to the main stage, with a scoot through Europe’s best music festivals.
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Spend your Summer in the States!

What would you prefer: a blog post full of Americanisms (yeeeeeha!) or hard, fast, smart ways to spend an entire summer in the states?

Let’s turn a dollar note into a butterfly while we decide.

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How much is this worth? | Image by eikosi

OK, we’re going with the straight-up, all-American summer. A melee of amazing experiences to be had across the Pond.

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11 Incredible Festivals in Asia

Mouthwatering food. Vibrant cultures. Unforgettable landscapes. As if Asia needed any more reasons to visit, it’s also the homeland of some of the world’s most thrilling festivals.

Many of the festivals you’re about to read about have been around for 100s of years, attracting visitors from miles around to take part in the important rituals and community spirit that rolls like a joyous crescendo through the foothills and valleys of the alluring continent.

Smile! We're about to uncover some wonderful festivals in Asia

Travelling to Asia has never been easier, with a string of cheap flights landing you right in the heart of the action, and a string of adventure tours getting you into the thick of the action.

The main question you need to ask yourself is: which one’s are for you?
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6 Offbeat Outback Events

Whenever I start talking about Australia’s Northern Territory; I am transported back to some of my favourite travelling days; road tripping with my girlfriend around Australia. While not strictly true in a geographical sense, the Northern Territory acted like a wonderland plateau. An escape from the gold-lined coastlines and coffee shop urbanity of Australia cities.

“This, ” I figured, “is the Australia I came for.”

The experience of road tripping through the Territory was often a surreal one. We would drive our ute for long hours, without sight of another vehicle. Our Sat Nav stared at us nonchalantly. We cheered as we veered around rare bends in the road; and whooped as the fear of an empty fuel tank was alleviated by petrol stations that appeared from nowhere.

The landscape is indubitably one of its most iconic features; in the south, its fire red deserts are pinned down by pale green bursts of spinifex grass and the length of steel grey tarmac that make up Highways 1 and 87.

In the tropical north, a mishmash of wetlands and winding rivers flourish in “the Wet” season (the Australian summer, November to January) before drying out for the winter months.

But there’s something else going on in the Northern Territory, which, if you’re a traveller seeking out authentic experiences, could be right up your creek. The people of the Northern Territory have a character that can only be born within such a unique collection of landscape. And from that; a collection of curious events have bloomed:
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