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Joe King with… The Middleton Sisters

Cor, you’ll never believe what (probably) happened to me this week. I was quietly beavering away, making travel dreams come true, when who should come in to my now star-studded branch? Only the Middleton sisters!

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Philippa swept regally into STA Travel and quite literally lit up the room. I will admit I don’t really know what they said for the first few moments. I only know that when I snapped back into focus they were looking at me with some concern and a degree of nervousness.

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High Five… Working Holidays in North America!

Taking a working holiday is something that everyone should experience at least once in their lives. Where better to have that experience than in North America? The USA and Canada have something for everyone, whether you’re an outdoors-person, a good-with-children-person, a creative-person, or a not-really-sure-just-yet-kinda-person.

And, at the end of your working holiday, you get to travel around two of the most exciting countries in the world.

With that in mind, this week we’re giving a massive High Five to working holidays in North America! Read on to find out how to land your dream job across the pond.
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Ask the Experts: How can I volunteer while I travel?

It’s Friday! Here at the STA Travel Blog, we’re quite excited by this. Why? Because it’s time to Ask the Experts to share their wisdom and answer one of your travel questions.

This week’s question is on a topic that we get lots of enquiries about: volunteering abroad. Not only is volunteering a great way to give something back, it’s also a chance to enjoy a really unique experience on your travels.

Remember, if something travel-related has got you all in a fluster, email us with your question for our Experts.

Now, without further ado, let’s hear this week’s question, courtesy of Andrew in Edinburgh:

I’m looking for somewhere to travel, but also to give back by doing some volunteering. Where do you recommend? Andrew in Edinburgh

Can our Experts inspire Andrew to take the volunteering path? Can they find him that perfect balance between giving something back and travelling? There’s only one way to find out – over to you, Experts!

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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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High Five… Central America!

Nestled neatly between the bigger, louder and brasher North and South Americas, it would be quite easy (but unforgivable) to overlook the compact cluster of seven incredible countries that make up the region of Central America.

Boy, are you in for an adventure! Volcanoes, Caribbean beaches, Mayan ruins, offshore reefs, colonial towns and dense jungles are ready and waiting for your eager little feet to explore.

Five unforgettable Central America Experiences

So with so much to choose from, wouldn’t it be ideal if you had a neat little list of, say 5, things to do in Central America? Well whad’ya know…
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