ROUND THE WORLD TRAVEL Your essential guide for planning your big trip
THIS IS WHERE IT ALL BEGINS Grab your shades, dust off your passport and buckle up that backpack – you’re going travelling round the world!
Wherever you want to go, we can get you there. Whether it’s a waltz with the lions of the Serengeti, or a walk on Sydney’s wild side, we know from over 30 years experience what you need, and how to get you there. All of our travel consultants have been trained to source you the very best air fares, accommodation and tours, at the lowest prices available. Hit your local STA Travel store, pick up the blower or visit our website – you’ll find all the details on the back cover of this brochure. So what’s this brochure for? In a nutshell, it’s the essential round the world planning guide! It’s bulging with inspiring routes and ideas, and will lift the lid on the most exciting, and most mystifying elements of a round the world adventure. It’s also splattered with travel essentials, tips, and of course, firsthand advice about the world’s most popular destinations, and those incredible places in between. We’ll help you plan your perfect trip, and then, in a final crescendo of brochure-tastic brilliance, we’ll countdown our brand new top ten favourite world destinations.
Contents 03 – Why STA Travel? 04 – Do It Your Own Way 06 – Planning The Perfect Trip 07 – Travel Essentials 08 – What’s An Adventure Tour? 10 – Jargon Slayer/Tailor Making 11 – Top 10 Tips For Bargain Hunters 12 – Your Travel Planner 14 – Route Idea 1 – Jumbo Jetsetter 16 – Route Idea 2 – Off The Edge 18 – Route Idea 3 – The Ultimate Hitlist 20 – Route Idea 4 – Kwikfire Kiwi 22 – Route Idea 5 – Round The Block 24 – Route Idea 6 – Wild At Heart 26 – Route Idea 7 – Bangkok Boomerang 28 – Route Idea 8 – Americano 30 – Our Top Destinations 32 – Our Top Destinations – Melbourne/Victoria 33 – Our Top Destinations – New Zealand 34 – Insurance 35 – Terms and Conditions
So come on! This is just the first page; there’s a whole world to explore beyond here…
why STA travel? How does this sound: you go travelling around the world, while we cover your back. Pretty good, right? At STA Travel, not only do we specialise in sourcing you the best adventures and destinations in the world, we also offer 24/7 support while you’re away. We have over 400 stores around
the globe, bursting at the walls with friendly travel experts. But what if you’re 1000s of miles from the nearest store? No problem!
worse, it’s worth knowing that we’re covered by ATOL and ABTA, and that we only work with top airline and land suppliers.
Pick up the phone and call our Global Travel Help team. They’re experts in delivering great solutions, and you can count on them to resolve even the trickiest situations, and if things get
But wait, there’s more… we also make a commitment to guarantee the lowest flight prices with our famous Price Beat Guarantee (whatever your age!)
top 10 reasons to travel with us 1. Global travel help
Wherever you are, we’re there for you
2. World class travel partners
We only work with the best to ensure you’re looked after
3. Exclusive low air fares
Our unique airline partnerships give you access to the lowest fares
4. Exclusive flexible air fares
You can change your plans at minimal cost and effort
5. 100s of branches worldwide
Speak face to face with us on the other side of the world
6. ‘One Stop Shop’ for all your travel needs
With all your bookings in one place, it’s easy to manage your holiday
7. Extremely knowledgeable, well travelled staff
They’re expertly trained with hands on experience to give you the best advice
8. Over 30 years experience
We’ve got the experience to take you to the most exciting places for less
9. ‘Price beat’ guarantee
If you find a price lower elsewhere we’ll beat it!*
10. Massive range of adventures available to everyone
No matter your age you can enjoy our extraordinary adventures in any corner of the world
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DO IT YOUR OWN WAY They say two heads are better than one, and you may have noticed something: we’re experts in what we do; and you’re an expert in what you do. Just as the moon yanks at the tide, your lifestyle persuades your adventures. We talk to travellers every single day, from all walks of life. One moment we’re talking to a brace of students about taking a Gap Year, as they come up for air after finishing their education. The next, we’re swapping ideas with a young professional about their plans for a career break. And of course, we welcome 1000s of excitable people into our stores every year, to discuss their next big adventure. We value your independence, from the very moment we meet.
ROUND THE WORLD
While some people still associate Gap Years and “Mini” Gap Years as one long party, most people now realise that they’re a great opportunity to fine tune the skills you’ve learned at school or university. They provide a perfect blend of independence, education and adventure, making them an irresistible choice for 1000s of young people every year.
We believe that everybody deserves to travel, which is why we cater for all ages and aspirations. Whether you’re looking to escape the rat race and soak up the rays for a few months, or embarking on a year-long epic adventure, we’ve got you covered.
The other side of the world is no longer a figment of our childhood imaginations; it’s possible. Each year, we help 1000s of travellers, of every age and background, to travel around the world and blast open their horizons. They become inspired by the cultures and contrasts of faraway places, and return home feeling revived and fresh.
We offer some of the most comprehensive work and play combinations on the market; including tailored working holidays in Australia and New Zealand, which offer priceless opportunities to evolve your skills and enhance your CV; and volunteer placements, which plant you right in the middle of projects where you can make a genuine difference.
Do you realise, a career break doesn’t have to be a break from your career? It could be the perfect opportunity to reboot your options. Travel is teeming with benefits; you’ll develop valuable skills, such as time management, plus you’ll enhance communication skills and project management, as well as learning how to manage a tight budget. It’s all there if you look for it! Start considering where you want to go, and what you want to take from it.
Round the world travel is all about exploring a mixed bag of countries, cultures and adventures. Right now, our customers are enjoying some amazing experiences; volunteering with children in the Peruvian Andes; tramping around the Himalayas; and getting their surf instructor stripes in a secret Aussie surf camp. What do you want to do?
We’re famous for bringing adventures to the mainstream and helping people maximise their time away. Travelling around the world has never been more affordable, or easy, and we continue to lead the way in finding the world’s most exciting and fulfilling adventures.
Work, meet Learn. Learn, meet Work. You two will get on just fine. I mean, why wouldn’t you? Working Holidays in Australia and New Zealand offer some of the world’s best opportunities to pick up new skills or pave the way for your chosen career path.
Saddle up, cowboy/girl/eunuch/ hermaphrodite we’re going on an adventure! Yeeeeeeeha! Right. What exactly does that mean then? Well it could mean anything, from hurling yourself out of a pllaaaaaaaaaaanne with nothing but a parachute and a cuddly bloke strapped to your back.
Then there’s TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) which is pretty much the ‘poster boy’ for Work and Learn. These teaching qualifications can grant you access to some of the most rewarding English teaching jobs on the planet, where tiny little people will laugh and smile, and slowly but surely, pick up your accent. What more could you want? No, seriously.
It could mean a month long journey surrounded by exciting new friends, as you discover ancient kingdoms in the shadows of a rising sun. It could mean splashing around in the river, clambering over mountains, hurling yourself off bridges, delving through local markets, sneaking through savannahs, hurtling along on horseback or kicking back on secret beaches. Yes, we know all about adventures!
Hands up who wants to help out with panda conservation in China? OK, great. And hands up if you fancy helping build a better future for the loggerhead turtles in Greece? Anyone for helping to teach the children of Thailand’s hill tribes a little English? Who’s game for palling up with the whale sharks in South Africa? And we need a few people to chip in some hours at an orphanage in Mozambique? Hands up for Galapagos bonanza? And how about a few people to help the big cats in Mexico?
Right, I think that’s everyone. I think all that’s left for us to say is, pick up our Volunteering brochure from your local store… today!
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PLANNING THE PERFECT TRIP
WHERE TO GO
HOW TO TRAVEL
WHEN TO GO
STA TRAVEL CASHCARD
We realise how daunting it can be, even for the most experienced travellers, to plan a round the world trip. There’s the visas to fix up, the jabs to think about, the budgeting to nail, the tours to book, and not to mention the never-ending last minute items. Don’t worry, we’ll lend you a hand!
Getting from A to B has never been more fun! You can soar through the sky with the world’s leading airlines, or scramble overland in every imaginable way.
Also consider the seasons; where are the monsoons and midnight suns? Which festivals would you grovel to go to? Do you have a date you need to be back, or a date you need to be somewhere? These should give you a few more pins in the map, so now it’s the easy bit… threading them all together.
Serious face. Soft voice. Please buy travel insurance. This cannot be an afterthought, you really do need to buy this before you leave home, as you won’t be able to get it once you’ve left the UK.
Don’t wait until you get to the door to find out if you’re on the guest list! Ask us about travel visas for the countries you’re visiting, and we’ll either get you the vital stamps, or point you in the direction of someone who can.
Don’t leave home without your STA Travel MasterCard Prepaid Cashcard… it’s your flexible friend with benefits! You can use the card like cash, plus, pay any money earned directly into your account (even your mum can top it up from back home for FREE!)
TRAVEL SAFETY COURSES
First up, stick some markers in the sand. Where do you really, really want to visit? Where have you always wanted to explore? What have you always dreamt of doing? We can use these to guide us through the labyrinth of adventures on offer!
Let the world pass you by as you rattle over the rails; catch a coach or hail a bus; journey by jeep through the desert; or tighten up your boot laces and put your best foot forward. For the spontaneous among you, consider our popular Multiflex Pass which offers the ability to change your travel dates whenever you want!
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BROCHURES The maps on pages 14 to 29 are a carnival of creative ideas, but the real gold is in our regional brochures where you can drill into the details and extract some of the most exciting adventure tours and ideas on the planet!
The likelihood is that your trip will be plain sailing, but just in case things take a turn for the worse, make sure you have a travel insurance policy that meets your needs. It doesn’t just cover you for broken limbs and jungle fever; it can also cover you for things that get lost or damaged along the way. See page 34 for a full break down.
If the idea of waltzing through the world without a care in the world scares the bejeezus out of you, then we’ve got just the thing. Our Objective Travel Safety Course costs just £160, and pumps you full of wise ideas, like how to avoid malaria and some basic first aid.
DISCOUNT CARDS Imagine a little card, which has the power to save you money while you’re overseas. That would be pretty cool, right? Well would-you-believe-it, here we have our ISIC and IYTC cards, which continue to cement some of the best travel savings on the planet for travellers.
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HEALTH Get this right and avoid wasting time in foreign hospitals! Ask your GP for advice on the vaccinations you may need for visiting particular countries. If you’re in London, our branches at Victoria and Russell Square can fix you up with everything you need.
Fancy teaching the world a thing or two? Visit statravel.i-to-i.com/tefl or head to your local branch to ask about Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). These courses offer a recognised qualification, and give you a great avenue to earn some extra wonga on your way.
PHONE CARDS Did you know, our SIM cards offer up to 70% off international roaming charges? They’re great value and super easy to use, just like our international phone card, which offers free voicemail and savings of up to 70% on internal calls.
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Grab a copy in your local store, download for free on our website or simply scan the code to get them to your smart phone right now!
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ON THE ROAD Travel is all about variety and experiences, which is why we partner with leading companies who share the same passion for travel as us. It’s often said that the “joy is in the journey”, and at STA Travel, we know exactly the reasons why. Our global network of transport providers take in the full gamut of planes, trains, and automobiles. These ‘perfect partners’ know what it takes to deliver the most invigorating and fulfilling variety of travel adventures available, and we guarantee we will get you the cheapest price on their trips.
WHAT’S AN ADVENTURE TOUR? Our tours offer a variety of money-can’t-buy experiences, in some of the world’s most enigmatic destinations. Our active and adrenaline tours are the perfect blow out for the carefree brigade; expect to be dunked in rivers and dangled off bridges, but also expect access to amazingly vibrant and diverse corners of the world. If it’s culture you crave, climb aboard one of our emotive and educational tours of your dream destinations; or take a walk on the wild side with our back to nature tours. The final word on adventure tours, is that we have tours to suit anyone. We have ones where you feel on top of the world; others which swarm you with smiles. Some will inspire; some will rest you; some will teach you; some will take care of every last detail; while others will back you up with the bare minimum. Tell us what you want; and we’ll match you up with the perfect tour.
WHERE TO STAy When it comes to accommodation we offer something for everyone. We don’t blur the issue with shiny stars; we get straight to the point and keep it simple with three core categories: STAysimple for the budgeteers; STAysmart for great value comfort; and STAystylish for high-end indulgence.
DO IT YOUR WAY We can offer exactly what you want, no compromising! We’ll match up your flights, hotels, tours and transport
into an unforgettable trip for you and your friends. There’s plenty to choose from… so make an appointment at your local branch, and talk it through with one of our travel consultants.
GO INDIE! We offer a massive range of tours all around the world, but we also appreciate that group travel isn’t always the right fit, which is why we’ve created our ‘Indie Tours’ for travelling twosomes. They’re a range of exciting, fixed itinerary tours, including a private guide and a range of activities. Ask your consultant for more details.
TAILOR MADE TOURS If you’re Asia bound, we whack on an extra dollop of luxury. Ask us to put together your very own private tour, these itineraries aren’t fixed so you can request anything you want! Available at a 3 star+ level, but with oodles of flexibility so that you can mould it around your budget. These trips typically include all accommodation, transfers and guiding… and we can even arrange a chauffeur driven car!
HOP-ON BUSES (GLOBAL NETWORK) Wherever you are in the world, there’s a high chance you’re within thumbing distance of our local hopon hop-off bus services. They’re one of the most cost-efficient, sociable and fun ways to travel. We give you the option to choose the length of time you need the pass for, and on many of our routes, we give you the choice to include activities and accommodation at famously good prices.
CAR HIRE Sling your life in the boot, and hit the slow-lane for an amazing adventure, with our independent car hire. We only partner with trusted hire companies to ensure you’re given a service that offers you the unbridled freedom of the open road, with an integrated support network if you need it.
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CAMPERVANS If you’re looking for a convenient way to travel, maximum independence and a room with a view, then we’ve got just the ride. Our modern campervans give you the unique opportunity to park right on the doorstep of the world.
JARGON SLAYER AIR TAXES
Yes, we know it rhymes with “Air Taxis”, but it’s not 2056 yet. We’re talking about the taxes imposed by governments for travelling to/from/ through their country. Rumour has it there’s a tax for standing still too.
Standard RTW tickets are all about following your nose around the world, in one sweeping movement. As STA Travel isn’t your standard travel company, we offer a range of fares with a huge number of airlines which allow you to backtrack without restrictions.
The complete, and utter opposite of a point-to-point flight; these frisky ticket types put it about a bit, by including two or more destinations.
OVERLAND or SURFACE
London to Bangkok = Direct. London to Dubai to Bangkok = Indirect. London to Bangkok to London to Bangkok to London = Loop the loop.
The art of touring OVERLAND, or over the SURFACE, as oppose to skipping out the best bits while you nibble peanuts at 40,000 ft. Hint: this brochure is full of SURFACE products.
ROUND THE WORLD (RTW)
DIRECT vs. INDIRECT
This is the cost (surcharge) of the fuel (fuel). Unless you’re on a paper plane, you’ll need to stump up.
MINIMUM vs. MAXIMUM STAY
Do it in 80 days. Do it in 80 ways. Do it in your flowery Y-fronts if you want, but if you want to claim you’ve been round the world, you’ll need a trip that includes one trans-Atlantic and one trans-Pacific flight.
These two show you the period of time you’re allowed to stay in your destination.
Nothing to do with football. Nowt to do with Vivaldi. Diddly-squat to do with winter. We’re talking about the high and low season, which dictates the price of air tickets. Public and school holidays form the highs, while the lows settle in between.
Stay in one place for 24 hours, and you’ve earned yourself the coveted Stopover Badge. This makes you cool. And cultured. And wise. And rested.
When you’re travelling on an indirect flight (10 bonus points available), and your connecting flight is within 24 hours, you’re “in transit”. Don’t worry, this has nothing to do with white vans.
TAILOR MAKING Round the world flight tickets are like the finest kebabs: large chunks of meaty goodness, drenched in healthy additions, and wrapped into one tasty, irresistible package.
AIRLINE ALLIANCE TICKETS
These are best described as “off the shelf”; you can pull them in here, stretch them out there, but when you strip them bare and really, really stare at them… like, really stare at them… they’re a 12-month ticket, dictated by the number of miles, stops or backtracks you want. Nevertheless, they’re targeted towards the world’s most popular routes, and their price benefits from the economies of scale.
‘BUILD YOUR OWN’
LEAVE THE UK IN LOW SEASON
BOOK AS EARLY AS YOU CAN
This type of ticket won’t eat you. But it will let you fly into one city, and out of another. Perfect for overland tours that start and end in different countries. Or if you’re prone to getting very, very lost.
10 TOP TIPS FOR BARGAIN HUNTERS Remember the acronym: AMJS. We just made it up to highlight the months of the UK’s low season: April, May, June, and September. Alternatively choose from SMAJ, or JAMS, or JASM.
Round the world tickets are a tad different from your weekender in Ibiza; you need to be on your game as early as possible to score the savings. Did you know you can book up to 11 months in advance? You do now. If not, you’re not reading this properly. Back to the beginning, and start again please.
Contrary to popular belief, flying indirect doesn’t make it more expensive. Quite the opposite, actually. You’ll often find a nice stopover included in the ticket.
CHALLENGE AN STA TRAVEL CONSULTANT
Reckon you can catch one of our travel consultants out with a tricky itinerary? We doubt it. They’re the best in the biz at finding the most cost effective ways to sort you out with a round the world ticket.
BUY ALL YOUR TICKETS BEFORE YOU GO
If you’re piling high on experiences, a button will appear on our consultant’s keyboard which will say: MAGIC DEAL. They’ll press it, sparks will fly, an impromptu dance might occur, and they’ll hand you the ticket of a lifetime.
Buying flight tickets is like buying winning lottery tickets. You will be excited. You will cheer. You will whoop. You may even wee yourself, just a little bit. But it will also allow you to secure travel visas, as you’ll be able to prove you have an onward ticket. The bonus ball is that you can plan ahead.
PRE-PAY A MULTIFLEX DATE CHANGE PASS
The likelihood that you’ll want to change your flight dates is higher than a giraffe with its hands up. Give into the truth; snag a Multiflex Pass, and stuff some savings in your back burner.
ADD IN AS MANY DESTINATIONS AS POSSIBLE
Don’t miss out on your dream destination. Slapping on Fiji for an extra £100 might seem like a downer; but then, you’re visiting Fiji for £100 … suddenly, it’s the bargain of a lifetime!
GET AN ISIC OR IYTC CARD FROM STA TRAVEL
This is the holy grail of British budgeteers! Either of these cards will give you access to exclusive STA Travel airfares, plus bag you thousands of travel, online and lifestyle discounts as you go. Imagine that. You’ll be like a celebrity for the thrifty.
RELY ON STA TRAVEL PRICE BEAT GUARANTEE
If you can find a lower price elsewhere, we’ll beat it. If you can’t, you’ll already have the best price on an incredible round the world flight, and a win-win wraps up the round up.
These tickets are available if you’re a student or under 26. We snuggle up to over 100 worldwide airlines, who we source exclusive fares from just for you. This means that we can deliver more flexibility than a contortionist when it comes to booking your round the world ticket. Demand unlimited stops. Urge for unlimited mileage. Protest until you have limitless backtracking.
TIP OF THE YEAR
Whack a Multiflex Pass on your BYO ticket, and for £99 you’ll score unlimited date changes, or add 3 changes for just £49. Add a Multiflex Pass to your ticket wherever you see this symbol.
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AUSTRALIA AND S O U T H PAC I F I C
SOUTH AMERICA Australia
1 JUMBO JETSETTER UK ST PETERSBURG overland to HONG KONG SYDNEY overland to CAIRNS MELBOURNE AUCKLAND FIJI LOS ANGELES overland to SAN FRANCISCO Flight Sections
STUDENT & UNDER 26
St Petersburg to Beijing
BEIJING to hong kong
Join the locals, and follow the clink of glasses from St Petersburg to Beijing, along the gregarious Trans-Mongolian rail route aboard the Vodkatrain. The cathedral city of St Petersburg makes way for the might of Moscow to power you through a four day passage across Siberia to the world’s deepest lake, Lake Baikal. Continue east, for an adventure with the enigmatic Mongols, before looping south to the treats of bustling Beijing.
This is tick-list China at its very best, as you follow the ancient walkways of the Great Wall of China, into the heartland of history; Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, before opening the gates to the Forbidden City. Stare (terracotta) warriors in the (terracotta) face, before a ponder with a panda in Chengdu, then cap it all off with a river cruise and a hoot around Hong Kong.
The Vodkatrain 21 days from £2,065
21 days from
LOS ANGELES HONG KONG Los Angeles to San Francisco This is the capital of awesome; the heartland of hallelujah; and the pinnacle of perfection. Gasp at the Grand Canyon, crawl through Death Valley, and snap your way through the almighty Yosemite NP and if that’s not enough, splice in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Francisco with a ride along the graceful Route 66.
Ultimate California 8 days from £635
SYDNEY to Cairns
Sidle out of Sydney as you drift northwards, towards the bright nights of Cairns in Queensland. Along the route, you’ll bob around Byron Bay, blast around Fraser Island, swan around the Whitsunday Islands and let loose in Airlie Beach, before diving along the Great Barrier Reef! This is Australia’s coast at its very best and yes, don’t worry, you will get to cuddle a koala!
Island Suntanner FIJI
14 days from
This is where paradise pauses to powder its nose; because it doesn’t get much better than Fiji! Enjoy 12 days making yourself look tantastic, while you bound between six of the nation’s most enchanting islands. Get your crunk on in your trunks on Beachcomber Island, before soaring through the sea with manta rays, and swirling around the Blue Lagoon.
Tropical Awegasm 12 days from
Go the whole hog in New Zealand, as you weave your way through the very best of the country, at the very best price. Our hop-on hop-off bus services steam through the geothermal centre of the North Island, swooping through the capital’s cafes and down into the incredible landscapes of the South Island. This is where myths and travellers roam in perfect harmony.
The Whole Kit & Caboodle *
Qantas flight prices based on economy fare and includes tax, fuel surcharge and airline failure cover. Flight price is based on departure from London heathrow, supplements apply for regional departures. Valid for departures 16 Apr-20 Jun 2012, other departure dates available at a supplement. Australian domestic flight must be booked in conjunction with Qantas international flight. Australian domestic flight based on Cairns to Melbourne one way. UK to St Petersburg and San Fran to UK sections of route operated by British Airways and Auckland to Fiji and Fiji to LA sections of route operated by Air Pacific. Price correct as of 01/09/2011 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Booking conditions, eligibility restrictions and booking fees may apply. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are subject to availability. For price guarantee conditions visit statravel.co.uk/price-guarantee.
YOU SAY “Go on the Trans-Siberian railway from Moscow to Beijing, it’s so relaxing taking it all in.” Amy Robinson
11 days from
WE SAY “Try sailing on the Waitemata Harbour to enjoy the beautiful sites of Auckland.”
2 OFF THE EDGE
UK RIO DE JANEIRO overland to SANTIAGO AUCKLAND overland to CHRISTCHURCH MELBOURNE overland to DARWIN SINGAPORE MUMBAI UK Flight Sections
Welcome to Mumbai, India’s most cosmopolitan city. We’ll pick you up, fix you up with a place to stay, and show you around. The rest, as they say, is up to you…
Welcome Package 3 days from
Freedom is as freedom does, as we invite you to pull away from the rails, tear up the bus pass, and rev up the engine for a ripper trip around the world’s most famous adventure playground: New Zealand! Do it any way you fancy; morning, noon or night, as you weave your way down from Auckland to southerly Christchurch.
HIRE A campervan
Buenos Aires to Santiago Open the door to Chile and Argentina’s soft centres, with a 13-day loop from Buenos Aires to Santiago. Tango until your toes tingle, before soaring like an eagle, paragliding above Bariloche in Upper Patagonia. Expect platters of seafood, slabs of chocolate and chunks of mouth-watering steak to fuel an adventure of a lifetime. Oh, and did we mention the river rafting?
17 days from
Southern Sojourn 13 days from £749
Rio de Janeiro
Rio De Janeiro to Buenos Aires
Proving the theory that South America is the capital of fun, we blaze a trail through the continent’s most famous capital cities, as you go in search of the almighty Iguassu Falls. Kick it off in the razzle of Rio, before enjoying the cool culture of Buenos Aires, via the marvels of Montevideo. With accommodation and transport taken care of, it’s freestyle adventure all the way through.
In Search of Iguassu 17 days from
YOU SAY “Salsa, cumbia, merengue, samba... anything Latin is awesome!” Dianita M Peralta
MELBOURNE to ALICE SPRINGS
Journey into the Red with this 11-day Outback-smashing, culture-crunching journey from Melbourne to Alice. Sample the freshness of the Great Ocean Road; the purity of the Grampians; before pausing to behold the beating heart of Australia in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, as you learn about the ancient legends of Australia’s Red Centre.
Melbourne to Alice Springs 11 days from £635 *
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WE SAY “Do a Cape Trib tour in Darwin where you can ‘Cuddle a Koala.”
3 THE ULTIMATE HITLIST
STUDENT & UNDER 26
FLY FLY FROM
UK BANGKOK overland to SINGAPORE PERTH overland to DARWIN overland to CAIRNS overland to SYDNEY LOS ANGELES UK Flight Sections
Cairns to Sydney
Clamber out of the sea in Cairns, and hop aboard the fun bus for a sand-blast through Fraser Island and a sailing adventure through the Whitsunday Islands. That’s just the beginning! These hop-on hop-off buses are loaded with fun people, unique activities and accommodation, plus inside knowledge from experienced tour guides.
Warney Hop-on Hop-off Bus Pass
7 days from
Bangkok to Singapore LOS ANGELES
Yee-haaa! Get your travel fix along Route 66, as we tour you through California, Arizona and Nevada on a super-sized adventure. We’ll sling you a 3 day travel pass in San Franciso, and set sail on a sunset catamaran cruise. Hit San Diego’s beaches, hike the Grand Canyon, explore Yosemite, the Mojave Desert and Hollywood PLUS nail the champers in a limo ride through Las Vegas.
Wild Western 14 days from £1,359
Unfurl your travelling wings in Bangkok, before slipping down to the incredible south Thailand beaches, and over the border to the Malaysian Peninsula. Expect to slurp your way between Penang’s street hawkers, as you chow down on arguably the world’s best street food. Take tea in the highlands; before enjoying the city delights of KL and after a stopover in Melaka, set your sights on the ‘Lion City’ starry-eyed Singapore.
Roam Bangkok to Singapore 14 days from £669
Bangkok Singapore Darwin CAIRNS
PERTH to DARWIN
Take in Australia’s entire West Coast, as you rise from southerly Perth to the top end of the Northern Territory. This journey is studded with wondrous landscapes and wonderful tales. Prepare to be humbled by the Pinnacles, before you set a date with the dolphins of Monkey Mia. Cruise with whale sharks off the Ningaloo Reef, before sweeping through Broome and the Kimberley, and winding down in Darwin.
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Qantas flight prices based on economy fare and includes tax, fuel surcharge and airline failure cover. Flight price is based on departure from London heathrow, supplements apply for regional departures. Valid for departures 16 Apr-20 Jun 2012, other departure dates available at a supplement. LA to UK section of route operated by BA and UK to Bangkok section of route will be operated by BA after 24th March 2012. Price correct as of 01/09/2011 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Booking conditions, eligibility restrictions and booking fees may apply. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are subject to availability. For price guarantee conditions visit statravel.co.uk/price-guarantee.
YOU SAY “Phi Phi is paradise. Soak up the rays on the beach and then head to Slinkys in the evening.” Kristian Johnson
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WE SAY “On your way down to Sydney, visit smoky Cape Lighthouse for breathtaking ocean vistas.”
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Dubai - Swan around this glitzy metropolis taking in sights such as the Jumeriah Mosque and Burj Al Arab as well as hopping aboard a water taxi to the famous Spice and Gold Souk
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Slip on some jeans, slap on some shades and saddle up your campervan – it’s roadtrip time, America-style. This is a one-way ticket to freedom, as you tour the USA with your own wheels. And bed. And kitchen sink.
AUCKLAND to CHRISTCHURCH
Take in New Zealand from top to tip, as we fling you up to the northern Bay of Islands, before dropping you through the North Island’s most steamy landscapes. Bound over the Cook Strait to continue the epic journey, as you go crazy for the Kaikoura’s before clambering into the adrenaline capital of the world, Queenstown. Switch glaciers for fjords and sheep for scenery during this unforgettable 19 day adventure tour.
Grand Kiwi 19 days from £1,350
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Let NYC do the talking, before a Philadelphia dream leads you to the bright whites of Washington DC, become mist-ified by Niagara Falls, canoe the rivers of Algonquin and explore Canada’s triage of trendy cities: Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec. Next up nuzzle up with New England, then blitz Boston before a parlais with Plymouth and Provincetown and connect it all up with a visit to Connecticut’s Mystic Seaport.
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YOU SAY “New Zealand - simply the best country I’ve ever been to.” Lizzie Burson-Thomas
WE SAY “Strap on your walking boots and trek the magnificent Tongariro Crossing”
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After ducking and diving your way out of India’s charismatic capital, Delhi, you’ll be set atop a cheery camel in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan. Explore the Blue City of Jodhpur, the Pink City of Jaipur, the White City of Udaipur and the orange-withyellow-spots city of Pushkar (OK, we made that one up). Along the way you’ll set your imagination alight in front of Agra’s Taj Mahal, before a slow stroll along the Ganges in the holy (and multicoloured) city of Varanasi.
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Nothing gets you closer to culture, than dropping the backpack and mucking in when help is needed, and this voluntour is the perfect place to prove it. You’ll exchange English lessons for Thai, while helping out with village life. Take a stroll through the elephant village, and slow… right… down… with some meditation lessons from local monks. And remember, this is Thailand, so you’re never far from invigorating landscapes or blow-me-away beaches.
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Get your Ceylon on as we loop you round Sri Lanka’s most iconic highlights: take in the Lion’s Rock, Sigiriya, then fill up on Buddhist treats in Kandy, before putting your feet up in the tea country hill town of Nuwara Eliya, where culture blooms among the roses.
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SINGAPORE to BANGKOK
Sweep up Singapore as you clamber up the Malaysian Peninsula and beyond, to the bright lights of Bangkok. Visit meek Melaka, before taking on the dazzling heights of Kuala Lumpur. Wind through the Cameron Highlands on your way to Penang, where you’ll refuel on char kway teow and spicy laksa before cooling off in the Ang Thong National Marine Park of southern Thailand and heading back to bustling Bangkok.
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YOU SAY “If I could be anywhere in the world, it would be Sri Lanka because it has everything I want!”Tahreen De-wan
WE SAY “Volunteer at Elephant Conservation project in Chiang Mai, you feel like you’re in the middle of the jungle.”
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BANGKOK overland to HANOI
Hong Kong to Beijing
It’ll be hello Hong Kong and bye bye Beijing, as China welcomes you to tour their ancient and modern worlds. Cycle at your leisure through the mesmeric Yangshuo countryside, taking time out for Tai Chi and chipping away with chopsticks. Float down from the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River before marching your way to Xi’an for an audience with the Terracotta Warriors, then swap sizzling Shanghai for China’s barmy capital, Beijing.
Roam China 18 days from £949
Nairobi to Johannesburg This is Africa: explore the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater in search of the Big 5, before relaxing on the idylic beaches of glorious Zanzibar. You’ll take a guided tour of a spice plantation, and historical Stone Town, before clambering into the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, and over the border to the shores of Lake Malawi. Soak up Victoria Falls, camp on the banks of the Chobe River, and visit the Kruger National Park before jumping off in Jo’burg.
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Soak up the township of Soweto from the comfort of your saddle; you’ll meet the people and hear their stories in the heartland of western Johannesburg.
Cycle Soweto from £88
BANGKOK to HANOI
Get the best of two kingdoms, as you slowly wind your way through Cambodia and Vietnam. You’ll visit the incredible Angkor Wat complex, and splice Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City, with the sunny shores of Sihanoukville in Cambodia, and Nha Trang in Vietnam. Cook up a spicy storm in Hoi An, before a tour of regal Hue, and a cruise around Halong Bay, before a reluctant handover to Hanoi.
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YOU SAY “The Okovango Delta in Botswana, drinking a Savanna, watching the sunset and listening to hippos chortling. Absolute bliss!” Clare Sparks
WE SAY “In Hong Kong the Aqua Bar is the perfect place for evening drinks to bask in the stunning skyline at night.”
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Desert Safari from £44
Kuala Lumpur City Tour from £17
Chase your shadow across the dunes of Dubai in a 4WD. Enjoy an Arabian BBQ at sundown, while belly dancers and shisha pipes set the scene for camel rides across the desert.
Mosey on through the mosques of Kuala Lumpur before dragging your gaze up the Petronas Twin Towers for a peek at the city’s historic streets. Bang in a couple of museums and a palace or two, and you’ve got yourself a ready-made tour.
Take in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand on this expansive tour of Indochina. Aside from blinding beaches and lush landscapes, you’ll be visiting the once-mighty Angkor Wat complex. You’ll compare every capital city in the region, and meet up with the meandering Mekong River. You’ll also pap pagodas, marvel at Halong Bay and explore the amazing limestone karsts of Laos in 30 days of unadulterated adventure.
Indochina Discovery, 30 days
Loop through New South Wales in style by hiring a campervan! Nuzzle into every nook and cranny, and stay as long as you want. This is pin-in-the-map kind of travelling, as you follow your windscreen to Australia’s most coveted destinations.
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Wobble a wombat, diddle a dingo, say boo to a ‘roo, call a koala, and point at a penguin it’s all possible on Melbourne’s Phillip Island, so get yourself ringside for the parade.
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All aboard the multi-million dollar yacht! This is sailing, America’s Cup styley, as you carve up the Waitemata Harbour in a premier racing yacht.
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YOU SAY “As a photographer, Melbourne is the greatest city ever.” Marcus Carty
WE SAY “Jump on a tuk tuk and explore the market areas of Bangkok.”
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LIMA overland to RIO DE JANEIRO
New York to Los Angeles
This is American-icon-munching at its very best; as you nudge your way to Washington from NYC, up and over the Appalachian Mountains and through Tennessee’s toe-tapping towns. Get your groove on in New Orleans, before going large in Texas and beyond to the infamous deserts of New Mexico. Skulk through the Wild West and deep into the Grand Canyon, before laying it all down in Las Vegas and capping off the trip in San Diego and L.A.
Across America 22 days from £1,920
Visit Universal Studios, the holy grail of Hollywood! This is where theme parks come to party, and movie studios reel off the world’s biggest blockbusters.
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LIMA to RIO DE JANEIRO
This is South America uncovered; after a liaison in Lima, you’ll peruse Pisco and ponder the mysteries of Nazca before being charmed by Cuzco. Step aside, as you scale the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, then wind down with a visit to the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, and the perspective-bending Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia. Sample sweet Sucre and Santa Cruz before bussing it to the roaring Iguassu Falls and down to Rio de Janeiro, stopping along the way at beautiful islands and mellow beaches.
This is where Brazil’s smallest residents pop up to make you smile from the inside out. You can make a difference to underprivileged children from day one, as you experience the life and times of Rio de Janeiro’s eclectic favelas. You’ll be volunteering at a day centre, where you’ll help over fifty children who are caught in the cycle of poverty, by developing their skills using fun games and educational activities.
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YOU SAY “The lower east side New York, in the sun with a beer is just great.” Emma Hulme
WE SAY “Party like you’ve never partied before at the Rio Carnival!”
California – OMG, it’s like, totally amazzzzing! Follow your sniffer through the Napa Valley vineyards before enjoying the mighty redwoods of the Yosemite National Park. Snag some sun in San Francisco, lock it down on Alcatraz, then follow Highway 1 to the heartland of the big screen, Hollywood, LA.
Waltz around the shadow of the world’s highest mountain, as Everest lures you into its mistifying presence. The Himalayas ripple across Asia like a rampant fist, thrusting ancient temples and monastaries into the eye of the beholder while sherpa’s shlep around their sleepy nooks.
Drenched in sunshine, Queensland has risen into one of the world’s most popular backpacker destinations. Visit the ancient sands of Fraser Island and the pure beuaty of the Whitsunday Islands, then chase bubbles around the Great Barrier Reef before a walk with ancient nobility, in the Daintree Rainforest.
Thailand is the ultimate destination: whether you’re huddling around Bangkok’s vibrant markets, or letting your shadow dance beneath the famous Koh Phangnan full moon. Pass between northern hilltribes, before an unforgettable fin-tofin with the kingdom’s flittering fish.
Rewind your watch, it’s Fiji Time! Bathe yourself in paradise before cooling off in exquisite tropical seas, famous from the bottom up for brilliant marine life, and some of the world’s best surfing and diving. Dry yourself off with a local kava ceremony, before swirling between smiles with the locals.
Tackle both your two-step tango and your rrrrrolling R’s as you absorb the endless allure of Argentina. Feel the roar of the Iguassu Falls, or reel back the end of the earth, in southernly Patagonia. Sport your favourite colours at the football, or escape to the country for a ranch around the estancias.
Our perfect Peru, sees you snaking your way along ancient trails to the enigmatic site of Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’; before cooling off on the gentle shores of Lake Titicaca as the world bumbles by. Pause to puzzle over the Nazca Lines, before bedding down in an Amazon Jungle lodge.
Cape Town curls around the foot of Table Mountain like a wanting puppy. Expect to while away your evenings with a glass of local vino, before mixing up your days with the highlife on Camps Bay beaches; the city’s emotive townships; or learn about a man named Mandela, at Robben Island.
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OUR TOP MELBOURNE & VICTORIA
Don’t miss the state of Victoria, Australia’s most compact but diverse region with its mellow vibe and its famously cool capital, Melbourne. Bob your way through the ‘burbs, enjoying the city’s unmistakable blend of history, arts, culture and brilliant nightlife; then give a nod to Jelly Belly on the set of Neighbours, before breaking out into Australia’s Garden State. Sweep along the sensational Great Ocean Road, or pat a penguin on Phillip Island! Consume the treats of the Yarra Valley, then while away your arvo’s on the Mornington Peninsula or graze the stunning views and fabulous wildlife on Wilson’s Promontory.
With a premium line-up of natural attractions alongside some of the world’s most thrilling adventures, New Zealand is our number one recommendation. This is a country with the ability to pull the throttle and send you into adrenalin-lined heaven and the next minute sending you to a thermal hot pool or golden sand beach for surf lessons. Expect ski fields draped across snow-capped volcanoes, forest trails deep in birdsong, and surf lapping at a land riddled with ancient mythology and mother nature’s best. Mixed with a vibrant nightlife and world class festivals what are you waiting for? There’s just too much to miss.
Find yourself a penguin or a cuddly koala on Phillip Island Full day from £82
Cruise through Milford Sound on our Southern Explorer 7 days from £545
Moonlight Kayak tour on the Yarra River from £63
Hit the North Island’s hottest beach, during our Northern Highlights epic 6 days from £413
Meet the Twelve Apostles of the Great Ocean Road and waltz around Wonderland 3 days from £229
Jump out of a plane from £129 or off a bridge from £21
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We do not accept any responsibility in the case of you being unable to travel due to not complying with any such requirements. Insurance Travel insurance is a vital part of your arrangements. We strongly recommend that you have taken out adequate insurance for the duration of your journey. Travel insurance is a mandatory element of some travel arrangements. We can arrange travel insurance for you and provide you with a quote and answer any queries you may have regarding the insurance we can offer. Travel Advice and Vaccinations British Citizens should refer to the travel advice posted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www. fco.gov.uk for all the countries you intend to visit. Vaccinations may be required for some or all of the places you are intending to visit. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have arranged necessary vaccinations for your itinerary. EU Notice Requirements In accordance with EU Regulation - (EC) No.2111/2005, Article 9, we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a ‘Community List’, which contains details of air carriers that are subject to an operating ban within the EU.The Community List is available for inspection at http://air-ban.europa.eu. We are also obliged to notify you of the airline(s) to be used in your booking. For details please see your itinerary. You will be notified if any carrier changes as soon as possible and in all cases at check-in or at the boarding gate. Please note that a change of carrier is not a significant change to your arrangements. Under EU law (Regulation 261/2004) you have rights in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from your airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Details of these rights will be publicised at EU airports and will also be available from your airline. However, you should note that reimbursement of the cost of a flight that forms part of your booking is the responsibility of your of the cost of other elements of your booking where we are acting as a Booking Agent. If affected flights comprise part of a package arranged on your behalf, this reimbursement will not automatically entitle you to a refund of your holiday cost from us.
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Book an appointment at your nearest branch and receive a £20 off voucher. Simply scan the code on the left and get your travel plans moving! Aberdeen – 30 Upperkirkgate, AB10 1BA Bath – University Claverton Down, BA2 7AY Belfast – 92 Botanic Avenue, BT7 1JR Birmingham – 222-224 Corporation St, B4 6QB – Birmingham Uni Guild of Students, Edgbaston Park Rd, B15 2TU Bournemouth – 126 Old Christchurch Road, BH1 1LU Brighton – 38 North Street, BN1 1RH Bristol – 43 Queens Road, BS8 1QQ Cambridge – 38 Sidney Street, CB2 3HX Canterbury – 27 St. Peters St, CT1 2BQ Cardiff – 11 Duke Street (opp. Castle), CF10 1AY Dundee – 115 Nethergate, DD1 4DW Durham – 93 Elvet Bridge, DH1 3AG Edinburgh – 27 Forrest Road, EH1 2QH Exeter – 25 Queen Street, EX4 3SH Glasgow – 122 George Street, G1 1RF – 184 Byres Road, G12 8SN Kingston – 18 Castle Street, Surrey, KT1 1SS Leeds – 88 Vicar Lane, LS1 7JH – 182 Woodhouse Lane, LS2 9HB Leicester – 30, Belvoir Street, LE1 6QH Liverpool – 78 Bold Street, L1 4HR London – 52 Grosvenor Gardens, Victoria, SW1W 0AG ( Victoria)* – 40 Bernard Street, WC1N 1LJ ( Russell Sq)* – 33 Bedford Street, WC2E 9ED ( Covent Garden) – 24 Ludgate Hill, EC4M 7AA ( St Pauls) – 11 Goodge Street, W1T 2PF ( Goodge Street) – 5 The Mall, W5 2PJ ( Ealing Broadway) – 1 Campden Hill Road, W8 7DU ( High Street Kensington) – 18 St John’s Road, SW11 1PN ( Clapham Junction Station) – University of London Union, Malet Street, WC1E 7HY ( Euston Square) Manchester – 14a Oxford Road, M1 5QA – 6 Barton Arcade, 55 Deansgate, M3 2BW Newcastle – 9 St Mary’s Place, NE1 7PG Norwich – 54 London Street, NR2 1LA Nottingham – 26 King Street, NG1 2AS Oxford – 36 George Street, OX1 2BJ Portsmouth – 97A Commercial Road, PO1 1BQ Preston – 65 Fylde Road, PR1 2XQ Reading – 150 Friar Street, RG1 1HE Sheffield – 98 Devonshire Street, S3 7SF Southampton – 6 Civic Centre Road, SO14 7FL* Warwick – University of Warwick, Student Union, CV4 7AL York – 3 Low Ousegate, York, YO1 9QX
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*ONE STOP SHOP: Our one stop shops offer all STA Travel services plus a pharmacist, vaccination services and essential luggage and equipment for your trip.