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Drum roll…Win a trip to Bestival!

Drum roll please. This is STA Travel’s competition of the summer, if not of the whole YEAR so get involved. Nothing to lose and SO much to gain. You have heard of Bestival right? The boutique Isle of Wight music festival that everyone is talking about. Well, we are giving away 3 unique and ridiculously braggable experiences at Bestival 2016. You and 3 mates could be heading to the festival by train, campervan or PRIVATE PLANE – if that’s not enough we have your accommodation sorted (no struggling with tent polls for you), entry to the welcome party BBQ at the STA Travel Hostel plus breakfast every morning to line your stomachs and energise your dancing shoes for the day ahead. Sound good? See the options below!
Bestival

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Does Fergburger do the best burgers in the world?

Did I mention I’ve been to New Zealand’s South Island? Well, I did, and it was amazing (here are five reasons why it was so awesome). I wasted no time in telling people I was going, and asked those who’d already been for some tips. Normal questions, you know – where was your favourite place? What do I have to do? What’s the one thing I can’t miss?

The answers were really diverse – New Zealand has so much to offer, after all. But the one thing everyone seemed to agree on was that when I was in Queenstown, I had to go to Fergburger. “Where?” was my naïve response. Cue gasps of indignation, cries of “You’ve never heard of Fergburger?” and similar responses to make me feel the same way I felt when I was at university and revealed I ’d never seen the film E.T.

If, like I was, you’re a Fergburger virgin, here’s a quick rundown. Fergburger is a Queenstown institution, having served huge, juicy burgers since 2001. It’s pretty much a rite of passage for anyone heading to Queenstown, and many claim that they’d swim back to New Zealand for a bite of the burgery goodness.

Behold, the mighty Fergburger | Image by me

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Where can I catch the Lions games next year in NZ?

Ka mate! Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora! It’s time for one of the BIGGEST events in the rugby calendar and it’s the Kiwi’s turn to host… say Kia Ora to the British & Irish Lions Tour 2017 in New Zealand! Kicking off in Whangarei on the North Island this 10 game “feast of rugby” spans almost six weeks taking in the best of the North and South Island. You guys get a choice of seven host cities to explore, with Wellington and Auckland being two awesome highlights. There’s PLENTY to do in between the matches and venues, with NZ being the adrenaline capital of the world, take your pick from sky-diving, bungy-jumping, white water rafting… the list goes on! Watch some incredible rugby and explore the thrilling country of New Zealand at the same time.

The Lions

Image: www.telegraph.co.uk


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Top 3 Festivals in Italy!

Ciao Bella! Welcome to the beautiful and wonderfully romantic country of Italy, where you can dine on fabulous food, gaze at magnificent architecture, soak up stunning coastlines and learn ancient history. We’re currently amidst festival season, so let’s check out how the Italians do it. From orange throwing to as much ice cream as you can eat, here is our pick of the very best Italian festivals and boy is it a feast for the senses!

Here are the top 3 festivals in Italy…

Battle of the Oranges, Ivrea 25 – 28 Feb, 2017

Battle of the Oranges

Image: www.dmarge.com


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Your Essential Guide To Festival Planning And Packing


It’s official, festival fever is firmly upon us at STA Travel HQ!

Not only are we heading back to Bestival in the UK to host our second STA Travel hostel and music stage, but we’ve also launched STA Travel Beats! No big deal, just small group adventures onto the frontline of the underground international festival scene. Check it out, it’s rad.

So, we felt it was about time we did something practical. And this, is thus! Your almost essential guide to festival planning and packing. Not dissimilar to packing to go travelling (capsule wardrobe, wet wipes, optimistic interpretation of your weather app) this should prepare you for all manner of festival chaos, from meteorological disasters to running out of breakfast cider.

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