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11 Pointers for Planning your Gap Year

Gap years are the talk of the town, and they’re set to sky rocket this year as young people leave school to face one of the bleakest job markets in recent times, and the reality of rising university fees begins to bite.

We’re estimating around 3 million young Brits will be jetting off to reap the benefits of a gap year this year; using this unique opportunity to broaden their horizons and build their profile for the years of careers ahead.

But what level of thought needs to go into a gap year? Surely you just pack a bag full of fading threads, and hit the circuits for a loop around the world’s most hedonistic islands, clutching a brightly coloured bucket?

Well. You could. Or, you could build those party times into one of the most exhilarating journeys of your life; splicing mystifying cultures with monumental achievements.

Eiffel Tower

Gap years offer the perfect time for your brain to breathe! | Photo by freedomyears in the STA Travel Flickr Group

Gap years are amazing and, planned in the right way, can reap rewards for the decades ahead. It should go without saying, that we know a thing or two about gap years, so we’ve taken the time to get your brain in gear for planning your gap year, by producing this list of eleven points to consider as soon as your feet begin to itch with wanderlust.
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6 Great Ideas for your Gap Year

Gap years are the perfect opportunity to test the waters on a variety of levels. Whether its a way of working out your future career, or blasting holes in your bucket list, a gap year is the moment to grab life by the lug-holes and bellow into its face.

If that was a little melodramatic; try this… a gap year is the perfect time to do (almost) exactly what you want.

You shouldn’t be surprised that we’re talking about gap years today. Our travel experts meet with 1000s of travellers every year to discuss their plans for a variety of adventures during their gap year. Some are looking for a one-way ticket to a quiet island, some are looking for the ultimate round the world ticket that splices wild parties with the deeps of the jungles. With over 32 years experience in the business, we know a thing or two about finding the perfect blend.
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21 Amazing Travel Experiences

We’re not getting any younger. In the time it took you to read this opening couple of lines, you’re already two seconds older. Three, two, one. Now you’re five seconds older. In five seconds time, you’ll be ten seconds older, and in an hours time you’ll be one hour and eleven seconds older than you are right now (I added on a second in case you were a slow reader).

So, with life whizzing by at such a pace, it’s time to make some plans. The kind of plans that will act like rungs on a ladder, allowing you to clamber through the world with a kick in your step.
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High Five… Europe

Ah Europe, the birthplace of Western Culture, home of the coolest fashions, extraordinary architecture, breathtaking scenery, calorie-filled fantastic food and some of the world’s most romantic cities… is there anything Europe can’t offer?

This continent will inject you with a hit of culture that goes straight to the veins, and leave you wanting more and more and more and… yeah you get it.

I’ve been given the almost impossible task of choosing 5 must see, must do, must experience activities in Europe. Jeez, where do I begin…
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7 Ways to Save Money on Tours

If you’re thinking of travelling round the world, or looking for your next big adventure, then the chances are you’ve got your head down and you’re saving hard to achieve your dream. “Look after those pennies”, your parents bellow, “and the — all together now — pounds will look after themselves!”

Thanks mum. Thanks dad. And off you totter to work.

So you’re working hard to save them, but how do you make sure you make the most of every last penny, and save money on your next adventure?

Of course, if you don’t ask, you don’t get, so when you’re next in one of our branches, make sure you drop these top money saving tips into the conversation, and see if there are any ways to shave a few quid off the bill, so you can make the most of your savings.

Pink Piggy Bank On Top Of A Pile Of One Dollar Bills

This little piggy went to market. This little piggy went to STA Travel. | Photo by kenteegardin

Eager to find out how to save money on tours with STA Travel? This way Budgeteers…
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