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Are You Extraordinary? Jack Wills and STA Travel Want You!

‘Standing out from the crowd’, ‘doing something different’ and ‘pushing yourself to go further’, just a few of the mantras that STA Travel was built on, and has since promoted for over 35 years.

Now, we’ve teamed up with Jack Wills to promote these virtues and celebrate the talents of amazing young people in the UK, as part of their Young Brits competition and reward their impressive, proactive achievements with some, quite frankly, blooming brilliant prizes.

To find out more, head over to the Jack Wills website, or if you want some insider tips on what kind of thing the judges will be looking for, check out the video below.

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My Whirlwind Tour of India’s Golden Triangle and the Highlights of Rajasthan

This month, we’ll be introducing you to Tailor Made India trips, born from our vast knowledge of India itself and the understanding that, while an adventure here is without a doubt one of the best travel experiences you could ever wish to have, putting a trip together, can be hard work and pretty confusing.

That’s why we’ve spent that past few months training 3 of our best Travel Experts in all things India. It’s safe to say, Alyce, Thomas and Nick were all completely India obsessed before and are now ready for the challenge of helping you create a specific and completely personal trip to India that ticks every single one of your boxes.

This week on the blog, Alyce is here to share the experience of one of her trips there, and explain why she has fallen completely under it’s spell.

Alyce (L) at the Amber Fort, Jaipur.

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10 of the best places to park your campervan in Australia

For as long as I can remember, hiring a campervan and driving it round Australia has been on my travel wishlist. I’m not alone: last year, thousands of STA Travellers used a campervan to explore Oz. There’s a definite novelty factor about driving your entire house around, making beautiful National Parks your home for the night and living a basic kind of life for a while. On top of that, campervans are also a really practical and often budget friendly way to get around, especially if there’s a group of you to share costs.

Luckily for me, when I met my now husband a few years back, it turned out that an Australia road trip was pretty high on his bucket list too. So when set about planning our wedding, we decided enough was enough. We blagged a couple of months off work and set about booking a somewhat unconventional honeymoon that would see us driving up the east coast of Australia in a campervan on an epic drive from Sydney to Cairns. In 3 weeks.

Let me stress that Sydney to Cairns is really quite a long way. Over 2,400 kilometers if you go in a straight line (we clocked up over 4,000km in ours). But of course, when it comes to road trips, it’s all about the journey as much as it is the destination. We stayed at some simply incredibly spots on our trip, and as we spoke to other travellers we met along the way, were pretty gutted we couldn’t stay longer and drive that campervan all over Australia.

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The Best Places to Travel with your Mum

Mums are great aren’t they?! To celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, a day set aside specifically to spend a few hours appreciating how much our mums do for us, here’s a look at some of the best places in the world to travel with your mum.

It’s probably not often that you get to go travelling with you mum, but if you could take her anywhere, what trip would you treat her to?

The Dubai Mall.

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High Five…. Our New Accommodation Categories!

We’ve overhauled our accommodation categories for 2014, so it’s now even easier to find the exact style of accommodation you want, within your price range and in the location that’s perfect for you.

Introducing our 5 new accommodation styles, but bear in mind that while we’ve been able to fit the many thousands of hotel and hostel options we have into one of these 5 categories, we have such a huge array of options that if you don’t think the place your looking for fit into any of the below, call us, tell us what you’re looking for and where and I betcha we can find you exactly what you’re looking for.

Nomads, Melbourne.

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