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A family sailing holiday in western Scotland

The coronavirus has turned the world on its head when it comes to family holidays or indeed travel of any kind. Now we are more mindful of issues such as health and hygiene, social distancing and santisation, than ever before. It is therefore perhaps quite natural that we see holidaymakers seeking isolation over city breaks, …

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The best music festivals in the U.S.

The USA is a country full of diversity, which is reflected in its music and festival scene. Whether you’re a celebrity-spotting fashionista, into your hard-core punk or like to keep things pretty chill, you’re guaranteed to find it on the USA festival circuit.    The obvious choices…  Coachella  Where: Indio, California When: 9 – 18 April 2021 2021 lineup: TBC, but 2019 featured the likes of Childish …

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Short stay: Middlethorpe Hotel and Spa, York, UK

The red-brick and white-sash-windows house, built in 1699, has echoes of both the grandeur of Hampton Court and Sir Christopher Wren’s elegant rebuilding of London after The Great Fire of London. Although owner Thomas Barlow’s views on architecture were influenced by his Grand Tour of Europe, Middlethorpe Hall Hotel and Spa, with its lawns and …

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Photograph of the week: The Berlin Falls in Mpumalanga, South Africa

Although South Africa’s Mpumalanga province is better known as “the place where the sun rises”, it is also the place where the water falls. Renowned for its magnificent natural wonders and panoramas guaranteed to beautify your Instagram feed, the province boasts a higher density of waterfalls than anywhere else in Southern Africa. Impressive waterfalls flow …

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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… …

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Short Stay: Homewood Hotel and Spa, Bath, UK

Homewood, in ten bucolic acres of lawns and soaring trees, brings relaxed but stylish Mediterranean living to the rural village of Freshford: palms, olive trees in deep terracotta planters, Goddess sculptures and modernist art. It’s a sensuous taste of the Côte d’Azur slotted between the rivers Avon and Frome. The Mediterranean theme is apt, given …

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Re-opening of the Maldives to international tourists

By Paul Johnson on Jun 25, 2020 in Featured The Maldives will re-open its borders to international tourists on 15th July 2020. Resorts, liveaboards and hotels located at uninhabited islands will be open from that date, with guest houses and hotels located at inhabited islands opening from 1st August 2020. The Maldives relies heavily on …

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Your weekly Adventure Agenda: Explore Thailand from home

Fake it ‘til you make it there. Homeboys and girls, awardee! This week we’re cyber couch surfing all the way over to Southeast Asia and the heart-stopping smiles of Thailand. Explore with live beach streams, Pad Thai cook a longs and beachside cocktail making classes. (There’s a quarantine joke in there somewhere, but someone got …

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Six places in Thailand that are seriously zen

There’s more to Thailand than buzzing cities, crazy-beautiful beaches and even crazier parties. Like sunrise Shavasanas with fellow yogis, broadening your mind whilst learning all about Buddhism, and finding your own slice of pristine sand with nobody else for miles. So if you’re wanting to emerge from the other side of your Thailand escape feeling …

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Dreaming about your next vacation? The perfect Galapagos itinerary

If you are at home, you are probably missing the last time you went on vacation and dreaming about the moment when you go on the next one. We would like to take you to an adventure through this itinerary so that you can escape for a while to a paradisiacal island filled with adventures …

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Your weekly Adventure Agenda: Explore Japan from home

Fake it ‘til you make it there. The 2020 Olympics may have been postponed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still run rings around Japan – virtually at least. Go full stream ahead with 360° tours, a live feed of Nagano’s famous snow monkeys, and your own Japanese ‘on-nomi’ drinking party. No passport required, just …

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Travel films to watch

One of the perks of being in lockdown, is all the extra time we have to do all the things we say we never had time to do before. (Say that one quickly). Yoga, baking, binge watching the latest season of Money Heist in 48 hours. We’re not ignoring those classic films like The Beach, …

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The best ski resorts in the world whatever your style

Winter may be under way, but there’s still plenty of time to play. Most European and North American ski resorts are open for shredding til spring, or you can venture further afield once winter hits the Southern Hemisphere again. We’ve put together a list of the best ski resorts in the world, depending on what type …

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