The Travel Gauntlet is back for another week of thrilling travel tales as one of our trusty STA Travel front line staffers and one of our well travelled blog readers share experiences from their own journeys.
So who’s stepping into the spotlight this week?
In the red corner it’s…
Travel Expert and host of our weekly #AskSTA Twitter Q&A session (3-4pm Fridays people!), Flora Moffat from our London Goodge Street store. Here she is at the legendary Machu Picchu, Peru.
A breathtaking view of Machu Picchu, Peru
Every week our biggest travel brains tackle a question thrown their way from our loyal blog readers and do their best to dish some amazing advice. This week is no different, so grab a cuppa and get ready to digest this week’s installment.
If you have a question you’d like our experts help with, send them to us via email and they’ll be answered right here on the blog. This week’s question comes from Laura all the way up in Fife, Scotland.
Any recommendations for last minute destinations for a group of friends to spend Christmas – somewhere with a bit of sun would be lovely! Laura, Fife.
A working holiday is one of those experiences that could, very excitingly, change the course of your life. At the very least, the memories of times spent in a different and thrilling new country, with new friends will stay with you forever.
It’s a big decision, there’s no doubt about that, and as much as everyone will tell you how it’s one of the best things you’ll ever do (it really is, by the way). There’s nothing quite like hearing about it straight from the mouth of someone that’s been there and done it.
Find out what Cameron enjoyed about his time spent working in Canada
The deep, unruly landscapes of jungles are some of the most unexplored terrain remaining of the world.
Brimming with life from every inch, they are an exciting and captivating place to explore, making a jungle trek the perfect place to seek out a travel experience that will take you out of your comfort zone and remain with you for many years to come.
In this week’s High Five I’ll be counting down the most incredible jungle experiences, but first off, what is the difference between a jungle and a rainforest?
What are the top jungle experiences?
Here’s the science bit: A rain forest is denser, and has a canopy that blocks out most of the sunlight meaning that only shade loving plants can grow near the floor under the very tall trees.
A jungle has a less dense canopy meaning more sunlight gets in and plants can grow well at ground level. Jungles are often found out the outskirts of rainforests where the trees start to spread out, so many famous rainforests like the Amazon, actually have sections of jungle too.
Our experts are the heart and soul of STA Travel. They love all things travel and have a real passion and dedication for making sure they help you to book your trip with all the best deals and insider knowledge they can offer.
You’ve met many of our shining stars over the course of the year our blog has been live, in epic blogs such as Ask The Experts and The Gauntlet, and you’ve chatted to them over social media during our weekly Twitter Q&A session at 3pm on a Friday.
But, who are the experts you are likely to meet if you pop into your local store for a chat? Over the next few weeks, I’ll be introducing you to each of our teams across the country, and finding out what makes them tick travel wise.
This week, the first team to step into the spotlight are our guys and girls of the High Street Kensington store in London.
Our, very pretty, High Street Kensignton Store, London