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12 weird facts about Commonwealth countries

The Commonwealth games have come and gone for another 4 years and what a show it was (the dancing teacakes specifically – we’re still hungry). If you looked at the medal table and saw a travel checklist never fear, we’ve pulled together 12 weird and wonderful facts about the lesser known member states of the Commonwealth, as well as some of the big boys.

Africa? Düsseldorf?

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Volunteering in Paradise – Vinaka Fiji!

Today’s blog comes from Jeni Conetta, a Travel Expert from our Canterbury store.

I’m what they call a flash packer and unashamedly cling to my creature comforts when travelling abroad. So when I found out I was going to be spending a week with no hot water, limited access to electricity and no air conditioning, my colleagues in-store were concerned to say the least! But, lets face it, when you’re offered a trip to Fiji you don’t say no! I carefully reconsidered the packing regime and took out anything but necessities and got ready to fly out.


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Take to the air and hop around Oz

Australia is big. We mean really big. It’s the largest island in the world, wider than the distance between London and Moscow, has 10,000 beaches and produces 1.35 trillion bottles of wine a year (no wonder 50,000 people a week over stay their tourist visas!).

The sheer distances in involved can be daunting for travellers wanting to see more of the country and not everyone has 3 months to drive around its 567,338 miles of roads. One way around, or over, this is to grab one of our exclusive multi stop tickets! Here are a couple of route ideas…

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Scenic ways and Cape Town braais – 10 days on South Africa’s garden route

Today’s blog comes from Chris Newnham, the Assistant Manager in our Reading store 

Incredible landscapes, stunning city views, poignant history, adrenalin activities galore and sparkling modern culture – South Africa has it all in abundance. I had the pleasure of exploring the famous Garden Route for 10 days from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth– and what a pleasure it was!

The impressive Garden Route

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7 TOP TIPS FOR SURVIVING A FULL MOON PARTY

Today’s blog comes from STA Travel Student Ambassador Rachel Skillen, in Sheffield. 

Each month up to 30,000 travellers from around the world flock to the island of Koh Phangan, Thailand for the world famous Full Moon Party. The beach erupts with neon, pulsating music rocks the sand and fire performers entertain the crowds. If only for the atmosphere and people watching opportunities this is an experience not to be missed – but to make sure the night runs smoothly and you have the best possible party here are my 7 tips for survival.

Image from Flickr courtesy of Joe Stump

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