Lusting after the gap year that you never took before or after university? Or maybe you did take one and are desperate to take off and do it all again – or do it all differently now you’ve got the Koh San Road out of your system.
Contrary to what people may tell you, travelling does not end when your student card expires. Oh no. In fact, it’s about to get a whole lot more interesting.
Say hello to the sabbatical.
A sabbatical is a specified time away from work, usually unpaid, agreed by your employer. It’s safe to say that I’m quite a fan of the ol’ sabbatical. In the seven years that I’ve been working since I left university, I’ve taken not one but two three-month stints off work. The first saw me taking off on a solo trip through Southeast Asia and China 4.5 years ago, while the second was an extended honeymoon earlier this year with my brand new husband, travelling round Australia, New Zealand, the Cook Islands and Los Angeles (I know. It was as good as it sounds).
Taking time out of your career can seem daunting. But trust me when I say that using a few months off to go travelling will basically be the best thing you’ve ever done. Here are 12 reasons why.
Today’s blog comes from Jeni Conetta, a Travel Expert from our Canterbury store.
I’m what they call a flash packer and unashamedly cling to my creature comforts when travelling abroad. So when I found out I was going to be spending a week with no hot water, limited access to electricity and no air conditioning, my colleagues in-store were concerned to say the least! But, lets face it, when you’re offered a trip to Fiji you don’t say no! I carefully reconsidered the packing regime and took out anything but necessities and got ready to fly out.
This blog comes from Ben Chown, one of our Student Travel Ambassadors at Northumbria University.
Yes you read that correctly: the great snowball fight of South Africa. I was on an incredible expedition which included a 5 day trek through the Drakensberg Mountains, hours of travelling in the back of a pickup truck (legally!), a hippo in the street, meeting new and interesting people, the best barbecues, a 7 hour mountain horseback ride and a day safari through a preserved national park, to name just a few things (I don’t want to bore you). However, none of these experiences – incredible as they were – quite topped the list.
STA Travel’s Tom Ringham, a Travel Expert in our Plymouth store, headed to Cambodia for an incredible week volunteering with local communities. He tells us why it changed his life.
Earlier this year, STA Travel offered me the opportunity to volunteer on their Teaching Children in Cambodia trip. My response? Uhhh…yes please!
Jenny Ayre is a Travel Expert working in our Cheltenham store and a few weeks ago she, and other Travel Experts from our other stores in the UK, we’re sent on a trip to South Africa to visit some of the many volunteering projects we support in the country – all in the name of research of course! Now, she’s back and below is her blog, all about her amazing experience and why she believes volunteering is so important.
When I found out STA Travel was sending myself an a few other Travel Experts to South Africa to see some of the amazing volunteer projects we sell and support there, to say I was excited is a understatement.
On our first day we met Candi and Toby, who run the volunteer projects. They took us out to a vineyard for a picnic watching the sunset, absolutely beautiful, and almost instantly, we were all starting to fall in love with Cape Town.
One of Jenny's volunteering group with a child who lives at Jones Safe House.