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3 Music Students, 14 Days Round the World, 1 Goal – to Unite the World with Music. Introducing Their Incredible Journey

On Sunday 9th February, 3 London based music student set off on a round the world trip with no budget, no set plans of where to stay or what to do, but a whole heap of excitement and one clear goal – to connect the world via music in 14 days.

Max De Lucia (21), Sophie English (22), and Elliott Lyte (22), launched their Around the World in 14 Days site in December as an experiment to test the power of social media, crowd-sourcing and their own resourcefulness.

(L-R) Max, Sophie and Elliot.

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We Went Travelling, and got Engaged! 2 Blog Readers Share Their Romantic Proposal Stories Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love and travelling go together like, sausage and mash or Kat and Alfie. There’s just something about the freedom and happiness of travelling, that will bring out the best in some romantic souls, so what better time to go a bit gooey over some travel love stories than ‘V’ Day?

Last week, I took to Twitter to see if any of our followers had got engaged whist travelling, and asked them to tell me about it. Here are 2 of those stories, from Jenni-Lee and Siobhan about how an already amazing trip, suddenly became a moment in their lives that they would never forget.

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The Outback to the Ocean – Uncovering the Unique Landscapes of South Australia

In the full throes of celebrating the release of our new Bridge the World brochure, we’ve spent the last couple of weeks touring Australia to bring you some of our favourite wilderness adventures and luxurious retreats. This week we are in South Australia – a state of extraordinary natural wonders, unapologetic puns, and a corner of the world in which we have fallen hopelessly in love (or at the very least in serious wander lust).

Home to hauntingly beautiful and diverse ancient landscapes, stretching from the scorched jagged ridges of the southern outback to the crashing white peaks of the Southern Ocean, there is a rawness and wildness to South Australia’s beauty that cannot be found anywhere else.

A trip here will take you to the mind-blowing extremes of nature and geology; diving with prehistoric Great Whites in the wild waters off the Eyre Peninsula, climbing Kangaroo Island’s remarkable rocks sculptured by 500 million years of Antarctic winds and ocean spray, and hiking into the vast lunar crater of 800 million year old Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges. In stark contrast to this giant and dramatic wilderness, are the rolling woven hills, undulating countryside and intimate vineyard retreats of the Barossa Valley, and the gentle colonial charms and long alfresco summers of Adelaide.

And, if this wasn’t enough, South Australia is also the country’s gourmet capital – with delicious seafood hauled from its oceans, fresh produce pulled from its pastures, and world-class wines drunk from its picturesque vineyards.


How to See the Very Best of South Australia

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Tales from STA Travel Experts’ Big Trips: Josh’s Working Holiday in Australia

It’s no secret that we’re pretty crazy about travelling here at STA Travel, it would be a bit weird if we weren’t right?! But over the next few weeks, as part of our new Your Big Trip campaign, we’ve got a bit more overexcited than usual.

Huge discounts, tonnes of new inspiration (have you seen our new round the world pages of the website – they’re fancy) as well as a brand spanking new Your Big Trip brochure to boot.

Our travel experts will be talking about big trips even more than usual over the next few weeks, so what better time to grill them about their own first big travel experience.

Say 'cheesy!' Travel Expert Josh from London.

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Shakedown, Berlin

Europe’s coolest capital? Well, Berlin is definitely up there. For somewhere so steeped in history and conflict, Germany’s capital is rapidly stealing the show from the rest of Western Europe’s popular hangouts. With a combination of glamorous style and urban cool, Berlin has been reborn, dusting off the rubble of post-war Germany and quickly turning into a young and vibrant city of culture, business, art and music.

Here we’re going to give you a shakedown of what Berlin is all about, to help you feel more like a local and avoid a repeat JFK’s famous words “Ich bin ein Berliner” (no, you’re not a doughnut, although…).

Brandenburg Gate.

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