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How To Take Great Travel Photos

Photos from travelling adventures of the past are likely to be one our most treasured possessions in the years to come.

Everyone tries desperately to capture a moment in time, an incredible view or the essence of a amazing place they have passed through.

Back in July 2012, we introduced you to 3 talented and exciting up and coming graduate photographers, who would soon be hitting the open road in search of some awesome travel photos to be used in our Asia and Europe brochures.

Louis Leeson, was one of those photographers. Having scored a first in his photojournalism degree at the London College of Communication, he’s recently returned from a month travelling around Asia and has submitted some fantastic shots as a result.

Louis pre Asia trip

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Ask the Experts: Hong Kong to Thailand on a budget

Looking for travel advice? Got a travel question that you just can’t seem to find the answer to? Want to be bowled over by the most knowledgeable Travel Experts you’ll ever come across? Then you’ve come to the right place! It’s Ask the Experts time!

Our Travel Experts are here every week to answer your questions, so drop them an email now and the Experts will answer it right here on the STA Travel Blog. Five minutes of fame AND all your travel problems sorted – what more could you want?

This week’s question comes courtesy of blog reader Lorna, who’s about to embark on a round the world trip (lucky Lorna!). Let’s hear her question for the Experts:

I’m all booked up on my around the world tour and my very last stop before home is Asia, flying into Hong Kong and out of Thailand (hoping to get to relax on a Thai island before having to go back to reality). I’ll be in Asia for 3-4 weeks and need a budget-friendly, safe and exciting way to cross from Hong Kong to Thailand. I’ve looked at tours but is this the most cost effective way to do it? Help! Lorna

Luckily for Lorna, ‘Asia’ and ‘budget’ go together like rice and peas, like Beyonce and Jay Z, like STA Travel and Travel Experts. So don’t worry Lorna, our Travel Expert Jess has just the Southeast Asia itinerary for you – and it won’t break the bank, either. Let’s hear what she has to say…

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Our Top 5 Routes For An Epic 60 Day Gap Year

Who says an incredible gap year has to last a year? Not us, that’s for sure! You can squeeze so much into 60 days it’s (almost) unreal.

To prove it, I’ve enlisted the help of 5 well travelled STA Travel staffers, and we’ve each described our own version of the perfect 60 day gap year, or ‘snap year’ if you will. Now remember; this may be our own ideas of what constitutes a perfect trip, but the glory of a gap year, is that it can include pretty much, anything you like.

So, maybe you like one of our ideas, or maybe you like a little bit of a few of them, or maybe you think none of them are for you and you have your own, much better trip, already planned in your head.

Either way have a read and let us know what you think in the comments box below. In fact, leave your own version of the perfect 60 day gap year – maybe you’ll inspire someone…

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Ask the Experts: what’s the best route to take through China?

Want to plan a trip but just not sure where to start? Don’t waste time on that new fangled invention, Google. Just ask our team of Travel Experts instead!

They’ve got as much travel knowledge as Google, and they’re here very week to deliver your answer in one handy Blog post (that’s this Blog post, in case you’re wondering). So don’t delay, drop us an email today and we’ll whizz it straight over to the most expertly Travel Experts around.

This week, Claire from our store in Brighton, Jess from STA Travel up in Leeds Vicar Lane and Sarah from our branch slap-bang in the middle of London’s Covent Garden are here to tackle the latest question. Let’s hear what it is…

My partner and I want to travel through China as part of a round the world trip next year, but aren’t too sure what the best route to take is. We’re going to start in Beijing – where should we go from there? Rebecca

Rebecca’s come to the right place; Claire, Jess and Sarah love nothing more than a good old fashioned bit of trip planning. Stay tuned, and discover how you could spend 5 days at a Kung Fu Academy in Shaolin, why an organised tour is a rather good idea, and how to plan your itinerary so that you get to spend time with Giant Pandas…

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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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