It’s time for another blog reader question to be posed to our Travel Experts here on the STA Travel Blog as part of or Ask the Experts series and this week we’re talking Gap Years – exciting!
Sam from Newquay wants some help with the initial planning stages of their trip and as always Lucy and Claire are stepping up to help and share their top tips for an awesome adventure. So Sam, what would you like to know?
I am thinking of taking some time out to go travelling after I finish college and before I start uni next year. I think I can save around £4,000 for the whole trip – what would you do? Sam, Newquay.
This is exactly the kind of question our Experts love, one with lots of space for inspiration and ideas. Let’s see where they’re taking us this week…
Claire Whittington from STA Travel Brighton says…
I’d escape the British winter and head to Africa for an overland adventure of a lifetime! As your friends are hiding indoors trying to escape the rain or stuck with boring relatives over Christmas, you can be in your shorts on safari in the Serengeti looking for lions or in a dug out canoe cruising down the Chobe River or sand boarding down the awesome dunes of Namibia!
Watch wildlife on the edges of the Chobe River.
The term gap year means many things, to many people. For some, it’s a mammoth year long adventure across continents, for others it’s a two month sabbatical to try something a little different; volunteer, learn a language, live it up, and step away from everything that’s ‘ordinary’.
Whatever it means to you, you can at least be sure that it will be exciting, rewarding and more than anything, fun. This is your opportunity to take that big leap towards a greater independence, to let loose, to travel the world and to generally live the dream, so grab it with both hands.
It’s no secret that this kind of experience costs’, but use your time away wisely and your trip could also prove to be rather lucrative…
STA Travel Air Product Executive Tom Browne has recently returned from a 2 year long stint at the STA Travel store in New York (yes, yes, I know, I hate him too). So after spending plenty of time discovering the city that never sleeps he should have a nugget of wisdom or two to share when it comes to finding the cheapest and best quality grub in a city famous for it first class cuisine.
Here’s Toms Guide to where to head if you want decent food at budget prices in New York.
A few months ago, my girlfriend came to visit me while I was living in New York, the first morning of her visit we sat drinking cups of tea in the kitchen, discussing plans for the day. We decided to get a bagel and walk to the waterfront… At which point I asked her “What are you going to order when we get there?” to which, bemused, she responded “a smoked salmon bagel?”
NYC Food Lesson #1 there is no such thing as just a smoked salmon bagel. Lesson #2? Know your order before you get to the cashier. After much explanation – she got it down.
“Lemme gedda lightly toasted poppy seed, with regular cream cheese and nova lox, arugula, pepper and a squeeze a’lemon”
Ordering any food in New York has the potential to be pretty traumatic, however, get it right and you can dine like a king for less than the price of a Boots meal deal… Here are some of my suggestions for eating like a true New Yorker, on a budget, just don’t forget to tip!
Manhattan is home to some of the best food in the city.
Kuala Lumpur is a modern metropolis surrounded by fascinating and culturally diverse suburbs slap bang in the middle of a jungle. The overgrown, half-finished building works on the outskirts look like the remains of a hidden lost world and just a short train ride away you’ll discover ancient caves guarded by giant golden statues.
It’s not all rainforests and ruins though, Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC for short) is as modern as central London (and much cleaner) with towering skyscrapers, underground malls and some great hidden gems. Read on for our top five things to do in this epic city, that’s perfect for a stop-over on your way to Australia or New Zealand, or as an Asian adventure in its own right.
When it comes to putting together your flight itinerary, whether you’re plotting a round the world extravaganza, a road trip across the USA, or a volunteering mission to Africa, it’s not always easy to choose your travel dates, and that’s understandable, if not totally expected.
Why should you know how long you’re going to want to stay? You haven’t got there yet! You haven’t explored, you haven’t met the people who will make up your new, travelling family, so deciding how long you’ll want to stay in a place you, as yet, know nothing about is hard. We understand that.
Travelling is all about being free and flexible; doing what you want, when you want, and that’s why we created the Multiflex Pass.
It’s exclusive to us here at STA Travel, and is the perfect addition to your flight itinerary if you think there may be even the slightest chance you’ll want to change the dates of your onward flights when travelling. It has the potential to save you hundreds of valuable pounds on date change fee charges and it’s easy to use – if you get familiar with it before hand.
A Multiflex Pass is a great way to keep your travel plans as flexible as possible.