Click here for main page content Click here for main blog navigation Click here for competiton link Click here to search the blog Click here to sign up the newsletter Click here for blog information Click here for the main sta travel website links Click here for the main sta travel website lrgal information

STA Travel Blog

Ask the Experts: What Tours Would You Suggest for An Adventure Junkie?

It’s hard to say what we’re more excited about, the fact that it’s Friday or that it’s Ask the Experts time here on the blog again!

Every week we pit a travel question from one of our blog readers to our Travel Experts Claire and Lucy and see who can come up with the goods. This week Claire steps up to tackle a question about active adventure travel from David in Halifax. What’s your question David?

Hi I’m looking for an adventure that is really active and will get my blood pumping. I’ve been to Everest Base Camp and climbed Kilimanjaro, what do you suggest should be next for me? David, Halifax

Hmmm good question David! There’s a huge number of active adventure tours out there to choose from, the hard part is choosing just one! Claire it’s over to you…

Take Titicaca.

Continue reading

STA Travel Expert Martyn Shares the Secrets of His Trip to Colombia

In September this year, 5 very lucky STA Travel agents we’re whisked off on a whirlwind week long trip to Colombia, for a short, but very sweet, trip to experience the very best of this fantastic country. One of those Experts, Martyn Bone, couldn’t wait to spill the beans about his first time in Colombia, and explain why he plans to come back again and again.

So, imagine how you feel when the manager phones on your day off… you ignore the ringing and wait for a more convenient time to call back right? Well in my case, that changed when the flashing message was to say there’s a trip to Colombia with my name on it! It’s safe to say I was back on that phone straight away and to be honest, already thinking about stepping off our plane into the Colombian sunshine!

I’ve spent over 3 months in Latin America on a previous Round the World adventure, but never reached the historic cities, tropical jungles and glorious beaches of Colombia. The continent has so much to offer any type of traveler and really is a place where you can get totally immersed in the culture, luckily for me, it’s still a land less travelled in relation to some other places in South America. Whatever your ‘thing’, be it history, food, music or just the great outdoors, Colombia’s got it all.

Starting out on the Lost City Trek.

Continue reading

High Five… Germany!

The powerhouse of Europe with thousands of year of history, amazing cities, and some incredible landscapes – there’s so much more to Germany than beer and sausages (though there’s nothing wrong with that either).

Hold on to your stein as we take a stroll through the best that Germany has to offer…

The Magdeburg Christmas market.

Continue reading

It’s the Tale of Two Cities, Sydney vs Melbourne, but Which One Comes Out on Top?

They’re two of the most exciting and backpacker friendly cities on the planet, but Melbourne and Sydney both offer something very different. One’s a super cool, cosmopolitan hub of arts, style and trendy bars the other a sun kissed surfers paradise, fit for a young crowd who play hard and, err, play hard some more.

These are the two most popular traveller hubs in Australia, a place where, if you visit, you may never want to leave – and many don’t. So what’s so great about Melbourne and Sydney? What is it about these two legends of the backpacking circuit, that keep travellers flocking back in their thousands year after year?

Chances are if you’ve visited both, your heart lies with one – but which one? Let’s take a look at what they both have to offer and I’ll let you make your own mind up…

The view of Melbourne CBD.

Continue reading

5 City Breaks in the USA That Cost Less Than £600

Europe may be top of our list when it come to city break trips but why is that? The USA is the perfect city break destination (cities don’t come much bigger and impressive than those in the US) and believe it or not, it’s possible to get your flights and accommodation for less than £600pp.

Below we’ve got 5 city breaks in the USA that won’t push your bank account to the limit, cities that are among some of the most exciting and adventure filed in the entire world.

So consider your options, and reflect on that fact that a city break in America will probably work out to be a lot less expensive than you thought…

Los Angeles.

Continue reading