Tor is Global Creative Director STA Travel, music lover & adventurer.
In August this year, STA Travel kicked off a new music platform called STA Travel Sounds. Skinny Living, a four piece band from Wakefield were the first band we put in the spotlight, with their stunning track “Like A Ray” which they recorded in Cornwall – a part of the UK that resonates with them deeply.
In September the guys hit the road for a three week tour around the UK. After they finished, we hooked up with Airbnb (who we’re now partnering with in the UK to help widen our accommodation selection even further for all our customers) and we asked the guys if they wanted to go back to that special part of the world and have some time to rest, regroup and chill together after a mad time on tour.
We left central London on Friday by train, an easy four hour journey down to the South coast to St Austell.
So you’ve taken a bite out of the Big Apple, gone star spotting in Los Angeles, walked the Golden Gate in San Fran’ and partied with the elite in Miami. Hey, while you were at it you may have even got a taste of politics in Washington and experienced the windy city in Chicago.
When it comes to the USA, it’s easy to feel like you’ve been there and done that when you’ve visited some of its star cities. Whether you’re feeling as though you’ve seen all there is to see, or want to be the first to discover some of the USA’s lesser known gems, then you’ve come to the right place.
In Philadelphia, born and raised... | Image by Christian Carollo
Singapore screams indulgence, excess and a damn good time. There’s so much to do in this spectacular city that you may find your budget runs out long before your energy does.
A real melting pot of Asian influence from all corners of the continent which, among other things, means a huge and wildly varied array of foods to choose from! When you’re not stuffing yourself silly, get out and explore everything you can – even something as simple as a ride on the subway can provide you with a photo opportunity.
Thailand is a traveller’s spiritual home and a rite of passage for backpackers. The mantra goes something like this: for trekking, temples, and culture – head north. For beaches, parties, and the ultimate paradise – head south. Ok, it’s not a massively catchy mantra, but it works.
Read on for 5 must dos in Southern Thailand. We’re hitting some of the big highlights here so, if off the beaten path is more your thing, make sure you check out out classic guide to Thailand’s best kept secrets!
Jump head first into southern Thailand
Today’s blog comes from STA Travel’s Amy McGuire who grew up in Hong Kong before leaving for the “sunny” North East of England. She can most commonly be found running around London parks through rain and sleet, and dreaming of snowboarding anywhere with snow.
Hong Kong is a crossroads. A metropolitan melting pot where east meets west, island-life meets the mainland and tradition meets modernity. Look hard enough and within the high-rise buildings you’ll find little gems of architecture including Chinese temples, colonial residences and even the odd zoo. Oh and the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator, but more on that in a minute.
Then there’s Kowloon, an urban sprawl that seeps out into the New Territories before connecting to Mainland China. There are also over 200 outlying Islands that can only be accessed by boat. Despite all of its diversity many people rush through Hong Kong, Spending no more than a couple of days in the city before travelling onwards. Here are our top seven things to do in the city that’s more than a city.