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Take to the air and hop around Oz

Australia is big. We mean really big. It’s the largest island in the world, wider than the distance between London and Moscow, has 10,000 beaches and produces 1.35 trillion bottles of wine a year (no wonder 50,000 people a week over stay their tourist visas!).

The sheer distances in involved can be daunting for travellers wanting to see more of the country and not everyone has 3 months to drive around its 567,338 miles of roads. One way around, or over, this is to grab one of our exclusive multi stop tickets! Here are a couple of route ideas…

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21 things you probably didn’t know about Colombia

If you haven’t been to Colombia yet, what’s stopping you? The stunning South American country really does have it all: sandy Caribbean beaches, lush jungles, awesome nightlife, amazing food… can I book my flight now?

But of course there’s more to Colombia than stunning scenery and parties, so we thought we’d give you the lowdown on the country’s history, culture, geography – everything, really – in a neat little list-shaped package.

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Why everyone should go travelling alone

This blog comes from Sanchia Rodrigues who is one of our many Student Travel Ambassadors across the country. Sanchia is a student at UCL in London and she’s here to tell us why she loves to travel alone and why you should give it a try.

Why do we travel? What is it that makes us pack up and leave the places and people we know and love? What are we hoping to experience when we go? And, how do we know when we’ve done it?
I travel because I want to get to know myself. I travel to find out what I really, truly can’t live without. I want to know what makes me tick, what gets under my skin and how I react. I want to change all the settings, erase all the old data, start from scratch and meet the new me – and I do it all, by travelling alone.

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12 Important Things to Know About Taking the Train in India

STA Travel CRM Executive Carmen Bergne share some top tips for taking the train in India.

We’ve all been there, sitting on the grubby tube or train on a wet autumn day, heading into work and hating the extra few people who’ve squeezed on for making you feel like a sardine in a slightly damp, steamy pod.

Well, you ‘aint seen nothing yet! Rail travel in India is like no other. Home to one of the world’s largest rail networks, the tracks you’ll travel are stories in themselves. Never has the saying ‘it’s not the destination, it’s the journey’ been more relevant than when you’re travelling in India.

If you’re planning on taking the train in India (and you definitely should) there are several things you’ll need to be prepared for, here’s the lowdown on what to expect.

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12 Incredible Places to Have Dinner with Your Mates

This Blog is written by STA Travel Intern Carin Bystrom.

Dinner is the perfect time for you and your mates to sit back and relax, enjoy each others company, and simply enjoy life. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t mix it up a bit. Dinner doesn’t need to be dull and below are 12 incredible places that prove it.

Calico Cat Café, Tokyo, Japan

Not a cat person? Then I’d carry on to the next suggestion if I were you. Calico Cat Café is situated in the busy district Shinjyuku in Tokyo. This café is designed for cat lovers; the concept is built on the idea that visitors enjoy sipping their lattés while snuggling up next to a friendly cat for company.

Once you arrive you are free to order your own food or drinks or even some cat food in order to lure a few of the 50+ cats over to you.

Image courtesy of MsSaraKelly on Flickr.

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