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The Great Snowball Fight of South Africa

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.

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What I Learned from Volunteering in Cambodia

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!

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Why I Volunteer: Helping Communities in South Africa

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.

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6 of the Best Wildlife Adventures Waiting for You in Asia

Asia is without a doubt the most diverse, most exciting, most crazy continent in the world, there are adventures to be had around every colourful corner and a trip here will leave you mesmerised, energised and hungry for more, and the good thing is – there’s always more to be had.

One of Asia’s crowning glories? The huge array of amazing wildlife, so we’ve listed our 6 favourite wildlife adventures in Asia below, and we can get you there, to see the kind of sights usually reserved for those must watch Attenborough documentaries for yourself.

Pandas in China.

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High Five… Travel Resolutions for 2014!

Has your commitment to giving up sugar for life and forgoing all burgers begun to wane? Is your pledge to work out daily, read more, work harder and live on kale becoming a distant dream? Fear not! It’s not too late to make some magnificent travel resolutions for 2014 that will turn you into a superhuman!*

Here are 5 travel related resolutions that you’ll definitely want to keep way past the first 2 weeks of the year, resolutions that could actually have a very real and long lasting impact on your life. Plus, you’ll actually have one hell of a time keeping them!

Remember - quality over quantity when it comes to travel photos.

*Disclaimer – resolutions may not actually turn you into a superhuman – but they will help you make the most of your travels.

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