Tourism brings prosperity to previously impoverished areas of the world and provides locals with a way to make money and provide for their families. However, as travellers, it’s responsible of us to be aware of how our presence effects the local communities we come into contact with.
The basis of responsible tourism is, very generally, concerned with respecting the places you visit, minimising the impact you have on the surroundings as you pass through, and giving something back to the local communities.
You can find out more about how we at STA Travel are doing our bit towards becoming a more responsible travel provider on our website.
Small considerations we make while travelling can make all the difference to the communities we encounter on our trips and to the local environment.
It’s that time of week again, where our travel experts tackle another question from one of you, our travel hungry blog readers. This weeks question comes from mum of 2 Sharyn who’s dying to take her sons on an adventure they won’t forget.
I want to take my 3 year old twin boys on the adventure of a lifetime, they love animals, swimming and anything which involves getting dirty! I have always wanted to do a round the world trip but can only take 5 weeks off work, and I’ll be travelling alone with the boys. I have a budget of £8,000 what would you recommend? Sharyn.
If you have a burning travel question that you’re dying to have answered send us an email and we’ll put it to the experts right here on the blog.
Part of the fun of travelling the world is all the weird, wonderful, and completely random situations that you get yourself into.
One minute you’re saying a tearful goodbye to your mum at the airport (the tears are hers not yours of course) and then next you’re on a plane to some far flung destination, before hopping onto the back of a moped taxi, with all your worldly belongings strapped to your back; and that’s where the journey really begins…
As a traveller, one of the main reasons we love to get out there and visit far off places, is to indulge our desire to experience cultures. And not speaking the language, or generally having a clue what’s going on, is all part of the fun!
‘Thank you’ is one of the most uttered phrases in any language, and of course you’re going to need to say it while you’re away too – just as much as you would back at home. Yes, you could just mutter it in English but wouldn’t it be great if you could loudly and proudly converse, even just a little bit, with the locals? They’d definitely appreciate it that’s for sure.
To make that a bit easier, I’ve spent the past 6 hours on Google compiling this list of ways to say ‘thank you’ in 44 languages. Take a look, soak it up, and then take to the comments box below to share any useful phrases of your own with would be travellers.
Our experts are back again this week to tackle another question sent in by one of our travel hungry blog readers.
This is the perfect opportunity for you to tap into their brain and extract some of the travel knowledge they use everyday in our stores to help would be travellers plan their dream trips; and trust us, there’s a lot in there to extract – they really know their stuff!
This weeks question was sent to us via Twitter by Candice from Wales.
Where would you recommend for a few days stopover on the way to Australia? Candice, Wales.
Great question Candice! We all have to stop somewhere on the way to Australia, so instead of looking at the 4 walls of the airport departure lounge for a few hours, why not spend a few days exploring somewhere new and exciting instead? Kind of like a little holiday on the way to your holiday – really rinse your time away for all it’s worth!
Dubai is the perfect mixture of traditional and the modern
So where do our Travel Experts suggest are the best places to stopover? Let’s find out…