I have to say that Iâ€™ve used STA Travel for a number of years, for various bookings and for different trips. Let me do you a review of STA Travel and tell you about my experiences.
STA Travel Round the World Flights
Before planning any trip that involves multiple countries I will ALWAYS pop into STA Travel first to check on my round the world route. You sit down with a consultant and they have those handy globes built in to the desks to explain what it is youâ€™re trying to do. If youâ€™re anything like me, youâ€™ll have some wildly ambitious travel plan that flight wise, will just never work. Usually, the person youâ€™re speaking to, or the guy at the next desk, has travelled to the part of the world you want to go to and can advise on whatâ€™s possible and how to make the most of your trip.
Also, their student and under 26 fares are unreal! Iâ€™ll give you an example. I wanted to fly from London to Vancouver via the USA. The flights at STA Travel came up at Â£570. The same flight, at the same time, with the same airline was coming up at Â£800 and Â£1200 at other places I checked. Even the other travel agents were perplexed as to how low the fare was!
STA Travel Gap Year Travel Insurance
I have to say that I have used STA Travel Insurance on numerous occasions, not only for my Gap Year but also their multi-trip travel insurance.Â They have three levels of cover; Budget, Standard and Premier. They also cover three geographical areas; Europe, Worldwide and Worldwide excluding North America. Insurance can be from 4 days to 24 months. You can also extend your policy while youâ€™re away should your travel plans change (trust me, they will change in some way or another, go with it).
Iâ€™m constantly pushing the point that gap year travel insurance is important. I had an accident while I was away a few years ago and trust me, you donâ€™t want to get left with the medical bills. The other point I want to make is that you get what you pay for with travel insurance. There is no â€œgood dealâ€. A lot of travel insurances are generally â€œequalâ€ but where they differ a lot is with what activities are covered. This is why I am such a huge fan of the Premier level of cover from STA. The activities list is extensive. I do a lot of stuff and I am yet to tick all the activities off. Please guys, donâ€™t skimp on insurance. It might seem like an added expense but get yourself the best level of cover with everything included. When youâ€™re travelling youâ€™re going to be trying lots of activities that youâ€™d never do at home. Get Travel Insurance!
STA Travel Accommodation
Iâ€™ve used STA Travel to book accommodation for places that I am unsure of or where internet research didnâ€™t pull anything up. For example, I wanted to do Spring Break in Cancun but couldnâ€™t really decipher where the action was or where the best located hotels were. Trying to find this information and book online myself was a nightmare as all the websites are built for Americans who want to book package Spring Break trips. STA Travel found us a decent hotel at a price within our budget (I actually expected to pay more so was surprised with the deal we got).
STA Travel Review Conclusion
In conclusion, for anyone planning a Gap Year and doesnâ€™t know where to start this is it. Iâ€™ve had the same level of quality service from calling as I have in the three branches I have used over the years; Corporation Street â€“ Birmingham, Clapham â€“ London and Islington â€“ London. Knowledgeable travel consultants and competitive prices makes STA Travel a no brainer.