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Asian Adventure: Vietnam on a Shoestring

Today’s blog comes from Laura Jenkins, a Travel Expert in our London Goodge Street store.

Now I’m an STA Travel Expert and I spend my days advising people on their adventure plans, but last year I was another travel lover in desperate need of a quick getaway. I grabbed an STA Travel brochure and flicked through the pages. I knew I wanted Southeast Asia. I knew I only had two weeks to play with. I knew my funds had seen better days. What I needed was the perfect culture-time-budget combo…and suddenly it jumped out at me, Vietnam on a Shoestring. The small group trip seemed like the best way to see the most of Vietnam in a short time on a pretty small budget, and meet some great travel buddies as I was flying solo. I was not wrong…

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12 things you have to see in Beijing

Today’s blog comes from Mary Bulgin, one of our fab student ambassadors at Cardiff University.

Beijing is a must visit city where the charm of traditional Chinese culture meets the exciting rush of city life. As the political hub of China, Beijing is the perfect place to soak up the country’s rich history whilst immersing yourself in the changing society of modern China. Whilst many tourists restrict their stay in the bustling city to just a few days, I recently spent an action packed ten days there. So (for the more intrepid travellers) I’ll let you in on some of the less well known spots, just off the tourist beaten track, to help you experience more of this vibrant city.

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A photo diary of an Indonesia adventure

Today’s blog comes from the winner of our photography competition we ran earlier this year John Crux. He embarked on his tour of Indonesia in June and (unsurprisingly) came back with some killer photos.

Originally from the UK, I’ve been regularly travelling on different adventures around the world for over five years now. 50 countries in, I’ve amassed a library of around 50,000 travel images, one of which was lucky enough to be selected as the winner of STA Travel’s photography competition earlier this year! This gave me the opportunity to join an adventure tour through Java to Bali in Indonesia. Having spent a few months in Indonesia in 2009 and deciding it was one of my favourite countries, I was very eager to get back there, and so in June I started my first G adventures trip which was a great experience!

I’ve always been better with images than words so I’ll let the photos do the talking.

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Borobudur temple, Java

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12 Reasons to add South Korea to your to do list

It may not be as well known as its neighbors China and Japan but that’s all set to change as visitors to the Far East discover the variety and beauty of this small country

Separated from its infamous northern neighbour by the notorious DMZ (pretty different from BIG), South Korea is for all intents and purposes an island nation and the only way to get there is to fly. This means that most people’s first impression is of Seoul and often this huge, buzzing, bright, bonkers mega-city is where a visit begins and ends. But Korea is so much more than its capital; scratch the surface and you’ll find a totally beautiful, sometimes bewildering, incredibly friendly country just waiting for you to discover it.


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5 lesser known Indian festivals

Now, don’t get us wrong, Holi is amazing. Whether it’s from the depths of Rajasthan or a park near Battersea, the sight of revellers covered in colourful powder had become common all over the world. But, though being painted by a rainbow is undoubtedly a whole lot of fun, there are numerous other events throughout India every year that are no less amazing for their lack of opportunity to throw stuff at your mates.

India has a population of 1.2 billion people so calling any festival based there “lesser known” is stretching it a bit. But, while some have entered the traveller popular conciousness others have remained more obscure. Build one of these amazing experiences into your trip for a unique taste of India’s diverse, incredible culture.


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