Gap Year First Time Travellers..

There are always questions you will need answered, so read on and we may just be able to put your mind at rest.

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Travelling is unbelievably exciting but can be very scary if it’s your first time, so we’ve come up with some helpful hints to make your first time travelling as hassle free and as easy to organise as possible

There are always questions you will need answered, so read on and we may just be able to put your mind at rest.

Where to go…….

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and head off on the trip of a lifetime? The next thing on your list is where in the world to head to. You’ll probably have a few ideas spinning around in your head, plus once you get chatting to mates who’ve been there / done that, this could send your brain into overdrive. The best advice we can give you is really think it through.

Which route shall I take?

There is no straightforward answer to this question. We would suggest that initially think about the time of year you intend to start your trip…and head for the good weather and travelling conditions. To make this easy for you – we’re created our very own round the world route planner so that you can create your trip your way.

How long do I want to be away for?

You may go away having set dates in your mind – but you can bet your bottom dollar that you won’t stick to them. Plans change, you meet people, you love one place and hate the next. The good thing about our tickets is that they allow you to change your mind as you travel. Many of our round the world tickets are valid for a year, are refundable, date changeable and you can even get a credit value for the unused portion of your ticket.

Where will I stay?

Before you go, it’s always a good idea to book your first few nights accommodation – so that you can find your feet. Plus, you don’t really want to be wandering around a strange city after a long journey.

Whilst you’re travelling, you could end up sharing accommodation if you’re staying long-term in a place, stay in hostels, hotels or even with friends and family. Don’t worry too much about where you’re going to rest your head. The best thing to do is take a look before you hand over any cash, whether it is a dorm in USA or a hut in Thailand, make sure it’s clean and safe. After all, you need to be happy and relaxed there.

What happens if I lose my ticket?

If you lose your STA Travel ticket, you can contact one of our 450 branches worldwide. If you are unable to visit a branch, you can contact our UK Travel Help Centre by phone, fax or email. They will give you assistance and advice and you’ll soon be back on the road.

How much will it cost?

Right… this one is the million-dollar question. There are some great little deals available, as the price of your ticket is always based on the date you leave the UK, not on the dates you travel thereafter. For instance – if you look at April, the price drops dramatically mid month (and this is the case for other months also). So if you are flexible – ask us how we can cut the cost for you – but our fares start from as low as £650 in low season.

Is it easy to get work?

The best thing to do is ensure that you have the necessary visas that allow you to work in certain countries – click here for details. Oz and NZ are the two most popular (and probably the easiest) places to work legally, as they are often the mid-point on your round the world trip. Check out our work abroad pages where you’ll find out more about the 100’s of options available to you whilst you travel.

How do I know it’s safe to travel in a particular country?

With a little common sense, most countries are relatively safe to travel in. If you’re heading to an area of potential unrest however, call the Foreign Office Advice Centre on 020 7008 0232 or visit www.fco.gov.uk

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