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21 Ways to Travel the World

Part of the fun of travelling the world is all the weird, wonderful, and completely random situations that you get yourself into.

One minute you’re saying a tearful goodbye to your mum at the airport (the tears are hers not yours of course) and then next you’re on a plane to some far flung destination, before hopping onto the back of a moped taxi, with all your worldly belongings strapped to your back; and that’s where the journey really begins…

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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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When’s the best time to take the Trans Siberian Railway?

Embarking on an adventure across the wild, untouched terrain of Russia, Mongolia and China is one of the most exhilarating travel experiences there is.

Days spent huddling with new friends, as you breathe in the crisp air of the Siberian wilderness and travel by train across unique landscapes and through secluded townships, where you can mingle with people whose lifestyles are about as different to our own as you can possibly get. It’s the kind of experience most travellers dream of as they plan their next steps towards exploring the world.

The Tans-Siberian journies are some of the best travel experiences out there

There are a huge number of routes to choose from on the Trans-Siberian Railway each one unique and special in its own way. It’s not hard to face the choices of location – you just jump across to our website and check out our route options. Easy peasy. But what’s a little harder to decide, is when is best to go.

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7 Cool Tricks to Learn on a Bus

You know the drill. You’ve booked yourself a 20 hour bus journey through some rough and rickety terrain, and as much as it’s always worth it once you arrive at the next amazing destination, those hours can drag big time while you’re en route.

So, how do you entertain yourself for that long trip? Your iPod is an obvious choice, but won’t last for the whole journey. A book is a good option, although after an hour it’s likely to become travel sickness central.

Of course, looking out of the window and taking in the incredible scenery is the number one thing to do on a long bus journey (it is the very reason you’re all those miles away from home after all) however, your brain will probably need some variation, even from that.

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To help you out, I’ve clubbed together a selection of pretty useless, but very cool tricks that you can spend time perfecting and then use to impress your mates for years to come. I’ve even included some handy YouTube clips to help you perfect your technique.

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High Five… Up and Coming European Cities!

In the age of the cheap long haul flight, it’s easier than ever to escape to far flung corners of the world and forget about what we have right here on our doorstop. Step forward Europe. It’s got culture, diversity, history, pavement cafés and a rail system that connects the whole damn continent. In a nutshell, it’s every traveller’s dream.

But what if you’ve already drunk steins with the best of them in Munich, sailed down the canals on a gondola in Venice and posed for those photos in Paris where it looks like you’re holding the Eiffel Tower in the palm of your hand?

Don’t fret. Europe, like a caped crusader that just can’t be defeated, is swooping in and coming to the rescue. It’s bursting with unique, charismatic cities that have managed to remain slightly below the tourist radar and just begging to be the star of your next long weekend.

The cobbled street - a European city staple | Image courtesy of Kevin George

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