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5 of the most magical Christmas markets in Europe

5 of the most magical Christmas markets in Europe

Winter might be getting even closer, but that doesn’t mean you should cool your wanderlust. Grab your mittens and wrap up warm as we share some our favourite European Christmas Markets for 2017. 1. Vilnius, Lithuania With its medieval layout, baroque cityscape, and cobblestone streets, the heart of Lithuania’s capital city, Vilnius, charms in any(…)

The most beautiful Christmas lights around the World

The most beautiful Christmas lights around the World

So it might be 73 days away… but it’s never too early to start planning a Christmas getaway (those flights book up). What could be more festive than twinkling fairy lights, and a lot of them? Grab yourself a cup of coffee, put the fire on and view some of the most illuminated cities in December. Then(…)

Top ten treks in the World

Top ten treks in the World

If you’re one of those who thinks “I’d love to”, when someone tells you to take a hike, we’ve got just the thing for you. Spanning countries and continents, we’ve compiled a list of trails waiting for you to take up the challenge. And, if you need any more persuasion, our treks now have 10% off too! Torres Del Paine – Patagonia, Chile This one’s for the physically active not hardcore mountaineers so be(…)

6 things I learned from studying abroad

6 things I learned from studying abroad

So why study abroad? It can be expensive, you’ll have to start your social status from the bottom and how will you deal with the FOMO of home? All trivial questions, yes, but as a student who took the plunge and came out the other side, I can safely say it was (bold statement coming)(…)

You’ll never guess where these celebrities ancestors originated from!

You’ll never guess where these celebrities ancestors originated from!

Discovering your family history is fascinating, but do you know what’s even more interesting? Celebrity family trees! Ellen DeGeneres According to an ancestral tracing company in Boston, Ellen and the Duchess of Cambridge, are 14th cousins, twice removed. The company discovered they are related through Sir Thomas Fairfax and his wife Agnes Gascoigne who lived(…)

Discovering my great great granddad’s infamous NYC history

Discovering my great great granddad’s infamous NYC history

Today’s blog was written by STA Travel’s very own Social Media wizz and self-professed genealogy geek, Dana Windley. This is the story of how he came to discover his family history wasn’t as ordinary as he first thought. Who do I think I am? Do you watch the TV series “Who Do You Think You(…)

It Started With… A Gig: Traveling The World With Mumford & Sons

It Started With… A Gig: Traveling The World With Mumford & Sons

My first memory of Mumford & Sons was hearing their first ever play on BBC Radio 1 back in 2009. From that first chord in ‘Little Lion Man’ I was in musical love. Since then I’ve been traveling the world with the band which isn’t as stalkerish as it sounds, I promise. It all began(…)

5 Myths About Going on a Tour

5 Myths About Going on a Tour

What do you think of when you picture a tour? A massive group of people with matching hats following a big umbrella around. Well you couldn’t be more wrong! Our tours are all about immersing yourself in a destination, getting off the beaten track and just having a fantastic time. Lots of “backpacker snobs” will(…)

Meet the youngest person to travel to all sovereign countries…

Meet the youngest person to travel to all sovereign countries…

He’s ‘officially amazing’ and it all started when he booked his first backpacker adventure with STA Travel to South East Asia 8 years ago, from there he caught the travel bug and was inspired to visit all 196 countries! His name is James Asquith and he is officially the youngest person to travel to all(…)

20 trips to do in your 20’s

20 trips to do in your 20’s

Written by Aj & Bianca We are two young Australian sisters who threw caution to the wind and set off on an adventure of a lifetime. After saving and planning for a year we took the plunge and began our world travel in January 2016. We know it can be very overwhelming planning a trip(…)