Planning a round the world trip that you will remember forever is one of the most exciting things you will ever do. The planning stages are almost as much a part of the experience as actually living it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t daunting.
There’s a lot to consider, lots of choices to make, and lots of things you shouldn’t forget. Luckily, we’re experts in putting together these types of trips and have a huge team of people – all travellers themselves – who are here to help you. It’s why they do what they do. They’ve been there, done that, and they’re enthusiastic about sharing their own knowlege and experience with you, and wannabe travellers just like you.
Don’t forget you can visit any of our stores all over the UK, at any time, to talk travelling with any of our Travel Experts, but, to give you a little head start with your plans, I’ve grilled a selection of them for their top tips to get you started.
Speak to the locals and embrace new cultures as much as possible.
Get ready to don your bikinis and your boardies, brace yourself for a bucket (or two) and jump aboard a tuk tuk, because this July we’re bringing a little taste of Thailand right into the heart of London.
On the 25th of this month, we’re hosting our very own ourdoor cinema screening of Danny Boyle’s travelling cult classic movie, The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
We’ve got 200 free pairs of tickets to give away in the lead up to the event in London’s Bishop’s Park, and all you need to do to be in with a chance of bagging yours is enter your details into our short competition entry form. Easy peasy.
It’s time for another thrilling(ish) edition of Ask the Experts, the blog where our Travel Experts reach into their bulging brains and pluck some of their very best snippets of travel knowledge in order to help another blog reader with their travel dilemmas.
This week Charlie from Peterborough has emailed us with this question:
My last trip was to South East Asia 6 months ago and it was awesome, but next time I want to do something really different. What would you suggest? Charlie, Peterborough
Ok, Charlie, not a problem, Amy is here to help you out, and this is a girl who knows a thing or two about putting together amazing trips. Unfortunately for us, Amy’s time as a Travel Expert here at STA Travel is coming to an end and therefore, so is her time as an Expert on our Ask the Experts series (sob!) This week is her penultimate week, so let’s see what she suggests for you…
When it comes to packing for a trip how many of you feel a little… um…. stressed out? Yep, me too.
‘Have I taken too much?’, ‘Should I bring that thing that I might need, even though I never use it at home?’, ‘Should I take my straighteners?’, ‘Are 12 pairs of shorts a little excessive?’, ‘My bag won’t shut!’ Sound familiar?
To try and answer a few of these frequently asked questions, below are 21 tips to help make the packing experience a little easier. We’ve already given you 20 Packing List Essentials so you know what to take, but now, here are 21 tips to help with how you pack it all together.
This week, our lovely Land Product Executive Anna Corbett takes the reins to give us five reasons why Chile rocks her world…
Chile is truly a country of contrasts. An average of 180km wide and stretching a massive 4300km (the distance between London and Canada), Chile’s got everything from tropical rainforests to massive ice fields and everything in between. It’s hard to pin down just five highlights from a country where you can lunch with llamas, potter with penguins and commune with condors – but here’s our top tips for getting a long, thin slice of the action.
Our Choice of Chile’s Most Amazing Sights
The Atacama Desert
Think dry. Really dry. Dryer than that year nine history lesson on the 18th century. The Atacama Desert is the driest place on earth with an average of 4 inches of rain every 1000 years. But it’s not all trekking through parched wilderness – you can bike around salt lakes, hike volcanoes and surf down sand dunes. After a packed day kick back and relax under the awesome night sky from one of the best star gazing spots on the planet.