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How would you travel round Europe?

As soon as the clocks go back, and the sun breaks free of the low wintry clouds, and our stores open up for the day; we are bowled over by a stream of travel-starved people, with one thing on their minds: summer. And in particularly: Europe.

They want to know everything: from the best known places, to the trendiest, the cheapest, the sunniest, and the best.

And we impart all of our travel expertise; and we hand over their itineraries; and we quite often hear from these people as they’re travelling around Europe, soaking up the cultures and vibes that ebb and flow through the cities and villages of the world’s boldest, and most visited continent. And they love it!

So to get a headstart, I had a chat with one of STA Travel’s very own Product Managers, Laura.

Laura’s part of a team who are responsible for sourcing the most exciting experiences in the places you want to visit. This is one of the many reasons we can offer you such a wide variety of adventures, in places all around the world. But where would Laura recommend? I caught up with her to find out.

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Ask the Experts: where can I turn 30 in style?

Sometimes, there’s a travel question that just can’t be solved with a quick search on Google. The kind of question that leaves you starting angrily at your computer screen, or throwing your smartphone down in fit of rage, wishing there was a travel expert on hand at the end of an email.

Guess what? There is! And not just one expert, either. This week, we’ve got a panel of three of our most knowledgable travel experts, and they’re here to answer your pressing travel-related questions. In your face, Google!

This week, Laura from Bath has a question to get the Experts rifling through their little black travel books. Take it away, Laura!

My friends and I turn 30 next year (eek!) and we want to celebrate with a week somewhere a bit special. Where would you recommend going to party and recover in style? Laura in Bath

Excellent question, Laura! Experts, can you give Laura a 30th birthday to remember? Let’s find out!

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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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10 European Festivals for your Diary

I know. You’ve always wanted to go to at least one major European festival. For years, you’ve been hounding our mates to head down to Spain for La Tomatina. Since you were a wee child, you’ve been begging people to join you at Up Helly Aa.

Are you going to a festival in Europe this year? These boys are waiting for you, at Up Helly Aa

Hopefully you’ve ticked one or two off your list already, but this is your year of travel. This is the year to take a long hard look at your travel ambitions and make a move.

No continent does cultural festivals on the scale that Europe does; and while some have been around for what seems like eternity, other festivals have made their way onto the radar of fun-loving travellers with great aplomb.
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High Five… New York City!

This week, I’m sending a High Five to one of the world’s greatest cities. New York has that rare ability to deliver on a variety of levels. The wholesome expanses of Central Park echo the swollen flows of the Hudson River, while the sounds of Broadway permeate the myriad flavours available throughout the Big Apple.

This is New York City: the city that never sleeps.

This is a steaming manhole cover.

This is a baseball stadium.

This is a yellow taxi.

This is a hotdog.

This is NYC.

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