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It’s 357 Days Until Christmas! What Are You Going To Do With Your Year?

Yes, yes, I know; the Christmas hangover hasn’t even worn off from last year yet, but it’s not too early to think about what you want to achieve in the next year – in fact I’d say there’s no better time.

The hope, enthusiasm and motivation provided by the dawn of a New Year makes it the perfect time to set those goals that will enhance and improve your life, and even if you’re already very happy with your lot – there’s always room for improvement no?

Improvements that are kind of like new years resolutions, but are a whole lot easier to keep – because they’re actually fun! Forget the usual ‘lose weight’ and ‘stop getting angry with people on public transport’ promises that are usually made, and if you’re anything like me, broken within the first 5 days, and think of things that will actually help to fulfil and benefit you; now that’s a resolution worth keeping right?

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Store Managers Review: Top Travel Trends Of 2012

They’re the driving force behind STA Travel, leading our UK team of experts from the front, to make sure you get the best service possible. They’re passionate about what they do, and no one knows more about travelling the world than them (except maybe David Attenborough).

With that in mind, I thought it would be nice to share their thoughts about the past year in travel with you. I’ve gone to 16 of our store managers from around the UK and asked them to give me a brief and general insight of a travel trend they have noticed in 2012.

Have a read, digest it, and have a think about what these insights could mean to you as a traveller, or potential traveller. Has this inside knowledge made you think about making any amendments your own travel plans? Maybe they’ve managed to make you even more excited than you were already?

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High Five… Jungle Experiences!

The deep, unruly landscapes of jungles are some of the most unexplored terrain remaining of the world.

Brimming with life from every inch, they are an exciting and captivating place to explore, making a jungle trek the perfect place to seek out a travel experience that will take you out of your comfort zone and remain with you for many years to come.

In this week’s High Five I’ll be counting down the most incredible jungle experiences, but first off, what is the difference between a jungle and a rainforest?

What are the top jungle experiences?

Here’s the science bit: A rain forest is denser, and has a canopy that blocks out most of the sunlight meaning that only shade loving plants can grow near the floor under the very tall trees.

A jungle has a less dense canopy meaning more sunlight gets in and plants can grow well at ground level. Jungles are often found out the outskirts of rainforests where the trees start to spread out, so many famous rainforests like the Amazon, actually have sections of jungle too.

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Happy 1st Birthday To The Blog! Here are our best bits…

Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us, happy birthday to the amazingly, awesome, STA Travel Blo-og! Haaaaaappy birthday to us!

Yep that’s right, incase you didn’t quite catch on already; this month marks the 1st birthday of the STA Travel Blog; and what a year it’s been.

Myself, Ant and Emma love all things travel, and we love to write about travelling, but we have not done it by ourselves, not buy a long shot.

We’re lucky enough to have struck travel blog gold in the form of our knowledgeable Travel Experts. Between them there’s barely an area of the globe that hasn’t been explored and we’ve rinsed them for their best, most inspirational, stories, tips and advice to share with you in the hope that they might help to enrich your own experiences.

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Why I Volunteer: Lions in Zambia

As I boarded the plane to Livingstone, Zambia, it’s safe to say I was excited. I’d never been to Africa before, and hey, it was 35 degrees there, while autumn was swooping in thick and fast in the UK.

If only I’d known then that in 7 days time, the reason I would be sad about coming back home would have nothing to do with the weather, I would have tried to delay my return flight by a week or two.

Because volunteering on the Zambia Lion Research project, based in Livingstone’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, is the kind of project that surpasses all expectations – and to be honest, one week there just isn’t enough.

After spending a night marvelling at the wild monkeys at the Zambezi Waterfront Lodge, I was dropped off at my new home for the week and greeted by the project’s Lion and Volunteer Project Manager, Cara. “Do you want to come and meet our lion cubs?” Cara asked me. How’s that for being thrown in at the deep end?

Playing with lion cubs is one of the best things I've ever done

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