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YOUR WEEKLY ADVENTURE AGENDA: EXPLORE THE USA FROM HOME
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YOUR WEEKLY ADVENTURE AGENDA: EXPLORE THE USA FROM HOME

Just because we’re inside, that doesn’t mean we can’t explore what’s outside. Quaranstream America from the comfort of your couch. Think live big rig road trips, to living room gigs and virtual hikes… we got it all. No passport required, just passion. (And Wi-Fi). #PauseTheAdventure Spot bears in Alaska The bear necessities of lockdown? Animal cams. Tune into watch Brown bears trying to catch leaping salmon in Katmai National Park in Alaska. Or our personal favorite, the underwater salmon cam. Get weird This 15-part video series by Atlas Obscura on GoUSA TV (Brand USA’s streaming platform) documents unique destinations across the United States, including Alaska’s surfing culture and O’ahu’s Koko Crater. Oh, and the world’s largest egg in Chicago. Go on a road trip “Reality t...
The Incredible Food and Eating Culture of China
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The Incredible Food and Eating Culture of China

Travelling as a vegetarian isn’t always the easiest thing to do. It’s often whittled down to a paltry choice between some kind of flavourless pasta/bread/rice/vegetable combination, leading to a frustratingly unimaginative diet.  There is also a constant barrage of temptation being thrown at you whatever your reason for no longer eating meat. Despite a very near moment of weakness in Costa Rica two years ago, I’ve managed pretty well so far. But nowhere was as easy for me to remain positively adamant that my carnivorous side is in the past than China. And no, this wasn’t because the meat served in China was… erm, strange, to put it nicely, it’s because the vegetarian food available was in-cred-ible.   Here’s some of my best China food memories, and things not to miss out on: 1) Chinese...
Travelling without music would feel like…
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Travelling without music would feel like…

Stubbed toes, wine without cheese, and Friends without the theme tune. From Edinburgh to Auckland, our STA Travel staff discuss their favorite festivals, go-to hometown music venues, and road trip guilty pleasures. Tania Gasnier, Head Designer, STA Travel New Zealand The windows are down, no one can hear, I’m on a road trip listening to… ‘So Damn Funky’ by Codes, with my speakers would be almost blowing from the bass. The song that always takes me back is… ‘Africa’ by Toto and ‘Another Day in Paradise’ by Phil Collins make me nostalgic for being on safari in Kenya and Tanzania. My heart squeezes when I hear them, and I’m filled with a longing to go back. Travel without music would feel like… Wine without cheese. I always make a playlist to relate to the location I’m travellin...
Kangaroo Valley: Top Sights from this Scenic Getaway
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Kangaroo Valley: Top Sights from this Scenic Getaway

Kangaroo Valley is a 2 hour drive from Sydney, and as the name suggests, provides ample opportunity to see these native animals. The town is a quaint set of shops nestled in the valley, completely surrounded by mountains. Often in the mornings you will see the kangaroos amongst the trees before they disappear in to the surrounding bush.   There are many sights to see whilst spending a weekend here: 1. Bushwalks You can visit Fitzroy Falls, a 20min drive away which is a beautiful bushwalk with waterfalls and local flora and fauna. Easy to medium walks available and starts at the visitor centre. Walks are also in nearby Morton State Conservation where you see vast views across the valley including the local dam. 6km there and back.   2. Pioneer Village Museum Great for families and kids ...
Europe’s best music festivals | STA Travel Blog
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Europe’s best music festivals | STA Travel Blog

From seasoned stalwarts to circuit newcomers, Europe hosts some of the most noteworthy festivals on the planet. With Europe’s 2020 festival season sadly cancelling due the impact of COVID-19 and many tickets rolling over to 2021, next year’s festivals are fast becoming the world’s most popular waitlist. Here are some of our festival favourites to get on your radar for future years. (Ducks to avoid being hit by paper cups for not being able to mention more of them). Pray for raves not second waves, people! Sziget Where: Budapest, HungaryWhen: August 2021, exact dates TBC2021 lineup: TBC, but past acts have included Arctic Monkeys, Florence & The Machine, Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore. One island, seven days, thousands of acts: Sziget is less of a festival, and m...
Best Places to Play Padel in Barcelona
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Best Places to Play Padel in Barcelona

When you’re in a park in Barcelona, you will quickly notice just how many people are staying active, either with running or working out. The city is obsessed with it. Over the years, the local councils and governing bodies have put a lot of money into ensuring that people can quench their thirst for exercise and maximise their potential. One of the other things that you will also realise in most parks, is that there are enclosed courts with people playing a sport called Padel. This sport is one of the most famous in Spain and parts of Latin America. It offers a great alternative to tennis and squash in Barcelona. However, if you are from a country where Padel isn’t well-played, then you may have little to no knowledge on how to play it. Therefore, we thought best to shed light on the t...
Your weekly Adventure Agenda: Explore Australia from home
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Your weekly Adventure Agenda: Explore Australia from home

We’re going out. Outback. This week, we’re taking our lockdown daydreams all the way Down Under. Travel Australia with 360° virtual tours, an interactive scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef with everyone’s favourite nonagenarian (David Attenborough), and – to keep your spirits up – a Whitsunday Island Iced Tea. No passport required, just passion. (And Wi-Fi). #PauseTheAdventure Dive with David There’s only one thing that could improve a virtual dive on the Great Barrier Reef, and that’s having Sir David as your dive buddy. Learn about life beneath the waves from the world’s greatest storyteller on this interactive journey. Plus, a cameo from Obama! Mind. Blown. Explore in 360 Try before you fly! Thanks to Tourism Australia (and some pretty epic drone footage) you can virtua...
Relax at the Natural Hot Pools at Ngawha Springs in New Zealand
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Relax at the Natural Hot Pools at Ngawha Springs in New Zealand

A friend of mine took me to Ngawha Springs (pronounced "Nafa") yesterday - some natural hot pools that the Maoris really like and that are supposed to be good for skin and soul. To get there you have to follow State Highway Number 1 (it is THE main highway in New Zealand) up north in direction of Cape Reinga, pass Kawakawa - where they have a cool Hundertwasser toilet right next to the road - and eventually you have to turn left. I think there were enough signs pointing you to Ngawha Springs so you shouldn't miss it. From Whangarei the drive takes approx. 1.25 hours. There's plenty of parking spots by the springs, which are called "Healing Waters" and it's quite funny because even the mud puddles in the parking are making bubbles. The entrance fee to the Springs is $4 for adults and I ...
Join the green scene! Our eco-friendly packing guide.
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Join the green scene! Our eco-friendly packing guide.

Are you a scruncher, folder or a roller? Oi, mind out of the gutter! We’re talking about packing. More specifically, how you can be greener and more ethical with what goes into your backpack when you travel.  Buzzkill guys, but by 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish.  As travelers and all around decent human beings, we have a responsibility to protect the rivers, beaches, mountains and oceans that have given us so much unconditional and unqualified love over the years. Which means thinking about what you’re taking with you from your world, into theirs.  The good news is, both big brands and start-ups are responding to travelers’ desires for more eco-friendly and sustainable travel gear. Here are just some of our favorite green products that are currently ...
Helambu Trekking: Best for Short Trek
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Helambu Trekking: Best for Short Trek

Also known as Helambhu, Helambu is really an assortment of Tamang-Sherpa village, distributed over a wide area roughly associated by a series of mountains, lying at above 5000 to 6000 meters between the Jugal Himal groups in the East and Gosainkund to its southwest. Helambu Trekking is the best circuit trekking trail close the valley of Kathmandu. This trekking region is further divided by a number of north-south trending valleys which are generally tributary to the Indrawati River system, the upstream portion of the Sun Kosi. Of these, the westernmost is known as the Melamchi Khola followed by two branches of the Indrawati, the Yangri Khola and the Larke khola while the Tandi Khola in the extreme western sector, is a part of the Trishuli drainage system as previously mentioned. The en...
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