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Slap a Snap Gap in Your #YearofTravel!

As the Year of Travel rolls through the wilds of your imagination, it’s time to turn your attention to your own travel ambitions. And what better place to start than with an adventure that celebrates the very best of a region, with a good amount of time to sink your teeth into its culture?

Some call them Snap Gaps; some say Snap Years; others label them ‘mini gap years’; I simply prefer to call them by their proper name: a couple of months’ travelling.

Two months is enough time to unravel, and immerse yourself in the experience. It’s short enough, that with a little planning, you can slip it into a summer of seamless fun, or set off on a sabbatical of untold possibilities.

But where would you travel to? There are some fantastic destinations, that are conveniently located beside each other, and seemingly begging to be explored this year. I’ve rounded up some of my favouruite regions around the world, to give you a flavour of what you could achieve throughout your Year of Travel.
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21 Amazing Travel Experiences

We’re not getting any younger. In the time it took you to read this opening couple of lines, you’re already two seconds older. Three, two, one. Now you’re five seconds older. In five seconds time, you’ll be ten seconds older, and in an hours time you’ll be one hour and eleven seconds older than you are right now (I added on a second in case you were a slow reader).

So, with life whizzing by at such a pace, it’s time to make some plans. The kind of plans that will act like rungs on a ladder, allowing you to clamber through the world with a kick in your step.
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Ask the Experts: What’s the inside track on Indonesia?

This week our Ask the Experts panellists have got a real challenge on their hands, with the task of unfurling a journey to Indonesia, one of the world’s most diverse and complex countries.

Remember, if you have a burning question, simply email the panellists with your question and you could find it featured in a future edition of Ask the Experts! If things are a little more urgent, you can find these three and plenty more experts in your local STA Travel store.

Craig from Newport in South Wales did just that, with a question about his upcoming travel to Indonesia. Buckle up, here’s Craig’s question:

I’m interested in visiting Indonesia next year, what are the highlights, and how easy is it to travel between them? Craig in Newport

It’s pretty vague; but our Experts are used to going in blind and pulling out the goods. Let’s see how they get on this week…
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Shakedown, Sunshine Coast

This week, we’re giving Australia’s stunning Sunshine Coast a good old-fashioned shaking down.

We’ll be taking you on a journey through all you could possibly need to know to prepare for a visit to this sun seeker’s dream: when to go; how to get there; what to see, and most importantly, where to catch those promised rays! Strap yourself in – we’re going Down Under!
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Where to Find Berlin’s Best Nightlife

Berlin may not be top of everybody’s lists for a good night out, but it should be. The city is Germany’s party town, with an inordinate number of unique clubs and bars catering to any taste.

In my experience, Berlin finds it hard not to impress international partygoers visiting the city, but it’s worth knowing a few places before you arrive.

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The world's shortest guidebook. | Photo by Zemzina

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