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What Type Of Gapper Are You?

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘gap trip’ before, I mean, here at STA Travel we don’t stop banging on about them, and for good reason; it’s our area of expertise, we love them and we believe that taking a gap trip can, without a doubt, change your life.

But what exactly is a gap trip? Without trying to sound patronising, it’s exactly what it sounds like; a ‘gap’ in your regular life, some space, a break from the norm, some time away.

There are so many variations of a gap trip it’s impossible to define them all individually. They come in a huge array of shapes and sizes and each person’s trip expectations are different. Some want to do nothing except chill and reflect, some want to party like it’s 1999 (again), some want to make a difference, some want to learn, some want to integrate, the list is endless.

Now, we’re not trying to box you in, but ‘gappers’ usually find them selves fitting into one of a few different categories. No 2 people’s gap trip is ever the same, even if you travel with a friend chances are you will both come away with different perspectives once you reflect on what you experienced and that’s something that should be celebrated – and embraced. Trips like this can make you realise things you never knew before, they can introduce you to different ways of thinking that will change your life forever; or you may come back exactly as you were before just a bit more tanned, a little grubbier but with memories of an effing good time.

So what type of ‘gapper’ are you? We’ve come up with a few options below, but can you think of anymore? Any that you think define you better? Let us know in the comments box below.

A gap trip can be exactly what you want it to be

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High 5… Fijian Islands!

A little drop of heaven on earth, yep, it may sound a little cheesy, but there’s no better way to describe the 333 islands that make up stunning Fiji.

Tropical lagoons, coconut palms, coral reefs, hidden caves, mighty sand dunes and some of the friendliest locals you could ever wish to meet; it’s everything Mother Nature dreamed it would be – and probably a whole lot more.

Get ready to throw western concepts of clock watching out of the window and prepare for life in the slow lane because everything here runs on ‘Fiji time’.

Say ‘Bula!’ to paradise as I give the islands of Fiji a massive high 5!

Fiji offers some of the world's most spectacular tropical islands

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6 Things You Need To Know About Adventure Tours

Adventure tours rock my world – almost as much as Passionfruit Mojitos (almost).

And, sometimes they get a bit of a bad rep. The majority of us who have experienced life as part of a tour group wouldn’t look back, but some – rather unfairly – dismiss the idea of adventure touring right off the bat.

Common misconceptions include; ‘they’re so expensive’ and ‘you don’t get time to do your own thing’, and that’s exactly what they are – misconceptions. Whether you’ve ever thought about taking an adventure tour or not, it’s important that you read the rest of this blog.

Adventure tours offer a whole host of ways to experience an authentic taste of culture

Below are 6, very good, reasons why I think adventure touring is the ultimate way to travel, including some opinions from our ever vocal Twitter community thrown in for good measure.

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High Five… Mediterranean Europe!

We’re really quite lucky here in the UK, y’know. Not only can we lay claim to some of the best things this world has ever seen (I’m thinking Marmite, David Beckham and Eastenders, obvs), but we’re also a stone’s throw away from the Mediterranean and some of the best coastlines on the planet.

There’s no better place to be in the blazing summer heat that on the cool coast on the Med. Often overlooked as just another package holiday destination, the sprawling region of southern Europe has so much to offer.

With beautiful beaches and buzzing cities full of history and culture, each area is so different from the last. And it’s not all about lazing by the sea for a week, either. In fact, if you look in the right places, the Med can be the beach holiday destination for people who don’t do beach holidays.

We’re giving Mediterranean Europe a massive High Five, and counting down five places that you just have to visit one summer.

Get ready to discover our favourite Mediterranean summer spots

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Ask the Experts: Weekend getaway on the cheap?

As we wind down after another hectic week at STA Travel Towers, our Experts are still full of beans and ready to tackle your toughest travel predicaments!

Remember, they’re here each and every week to answer your questions, so don’t be a stranger, email us with your travel quandaries, and we’ll put them to the team.

This week’s question comes from Doug in Leeds, who’s looking for a short escape…

I’m looking for a weekend getaway abroad that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg – any suggestions, Experts? Doug in Leeds

A very good question indeed, Doug. Let’s see what our Travel Experts have for you…

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