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Merry Christmas from STA Travel UK!

Merry Christmas to you and your family from everyone here at STA Travel UK.

Thank you for reading our blog, sending in your questions and leaving your comments. I hope we’ve managed to inspire you during 2013 and give you some thing to think about for travel in 2014 and beyond.

Stay with us next year for more exciting travel related content on worldwide destinations, as well as much more inspiration, tips and advice and the details of a lot of amazing travel deals.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a travel filled New Year!

Merry Christmas!

High Five…USA Christmas Movie Settings

There’s so many things that make Christmas special – silly jumpers, fuzzy heads, tinsel strewn trees and stuffing yourself silly among them. But nothing quite beets snuggling down on the sofa for some Christmas movie cheer. So grab the mulled wine and tune in for our high 5 USA Christmas movie locations.

Let’s get festive and take a look at our favourite USA movie settings…

Ice-skating in New York - the quintessential New York activity

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The Top 5 Ways to Spot the Big 5 in South Africa

South Africa is a wonderland, a part of the world that won’t fail to surprise and astound you time and time again.

One of the South Africa’s most famous draws? Nature, at its fierce, diverse and entertaining best. Kruger National Park is the perfect place to see for one of the most exciting nature encounters there is, spotting the Big 5 – a group of 5 huge game animals – in the wild. The big five are: lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros and coming up close to them is a humbling but thrilling experience.

There are a huge selection of overland trips to help you get up close and personal with the Big Five in South Africa, here are our pick of the top 5 overland trips to spot the Big 5.

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Travel Expert Laura Shares the Story of her Adventure Learning to Surf in Byron Bay, New South Wales

This November, a group of our lucky Travel Experts headed off on a trip to New South Wales, Australia. Laura McLeay, from STA Travel Edinburgh, shares her experience of the groups experience learning to surf at Byron Bay.

Australia, Australia, Australia – it’s one in a million. After touching down at Sydney airport it strangely doesn’t feel like the 21 hours on a plane that it take to get here from the UK. Australia has so much to offer and I’ve been selling trips here for years, so I knew we were all in for an amazing time over the next couple of weeks. My own personal highlight, was a trip from Sydney to Byron Bay at to a place called Spot X with the wonderful guys at Mojo Surf. Hopping on a Greyhound bus at 7am from Sydney, we hit Spot X at 3pm, having napped and nattered on the bus the drive went past quickly. However like all long bus journeys (and there are a fair few of them to be had in Australia) it makes things a lot easier to deal with when you know that, after getting off the bus, you’re going to be presented with a view straight from Robinson Crusoe…

Getting ready to start surfing!

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5 Festive Havens Where it’s Possible to Escape Christmas

Do they know it’s Christmas time at all? Well yes, most probably. But ‘they’ would rather just chill out on the beach, play with elephants, or eat fried chicken. Sound good? Come join them!

If you’re sick of the sight of fairy lights, bored of hearing Christmas songs on the radio and have had enough of your nearest and dearest’s Christmas jumper, consider spending next year in a place where you can curl up, hide and let Christmas pass you by. Here are a selection of festive havens where it’s possible to forget that Christmas even exists at all!

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