South America has long been a firm favourite for South Africans not only because of the affordability aspect, but because of the variety it provides all travellers, regardless of travel style and preferences.

If culture, adventure and the outdoors is your vibe, South America should be at the top of your bucket list!

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

If the beach and good vibes is your thing, Brazil is the place to be. From the festivals and favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the steamy trails through the Amazon rainforest, Brazil is the big daddy of South America.

Keen to experience Rio Carnival first hand? Our 6-day Rio Carnival party package includes 6 nights’ accommodation, guides on hand, group escorts to the hottest street parties, Sambadrome Parade tickets, daily pre-carnival parties plus some drinks and a fancy dress party on your final night with complimentary caipirinhas and beers!

Outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs, our 4-day Amazon Adventure is just for you. Explore the jungle by boat or on dry land trails, swim in the lodge’s cool stream, or strap on a harness and rope up to the lodge’s tree platforms for a bird’s eye view of the forest—including close-ups of arboreal orchids., As if that wasn’t enticing enough, you’ll spend time in our exclusive G Lodge Amazon (located on the famously diverse Tambopata River in the Peruvian Amazon) which is both comfortable and intimate.

Looking for the ultimate photo opportunity? Look no further than Salar de Uyuni (most commonly known as the Bolivian salt flats) – the world’s largest salt flat! It’s the legacy of a prehistoric lake that went dry, leaving behind a desert-like, 11,000 square kilometre landscape of bright-white salt, rock formations and cacti-studded islands. Its otherworldly expanse can be observed from central Incahuasi Island. You’re unlikely to find any wildlife around the salt flats, but you’re bound to find many a pink flamingo. If we’ve got you itching to take epic pics of your own, our 11-day Bolivian Discovery will expose you to awe-inspiring geography, cities rich in colonial history and indigenous culture. From La Paz, the highest capital city in the world, travel to the crest of the Andes and the middle of nowhere for three days of incredible off-road exploration of the Uyuni Salt Flats.

Fancy a fiery tango and a football game? Best to plan a trip to Argentina. Be it the local championship, South American Champions League or just a friendly match – football in Buenos Aires is a big deal. Whatever the reason, any excuse is good enough to watch a match live. Every week Milhouse run a trip to the stadium to see Boca Juniors, River Plate or the National Team. While you’re in town, head on out with locals for a night of fine dining and signature Argentinian performance. Enjoy a delicious dinner with wine at the rustic ‘La Ventana’ in San Telmo. Accompanied by two live orchestras, enjoy a tango show including folklore groups, singers & dancers. We’ve got you covered for tours and outings across Argentina, just speak to us.

If the idea of deciding between Argentina and Brazil is giving you sleepless nights, why not cover them both?! We’ve got a really cool “Best of Both” tour where you can experience the magic of both destinations in this 11-day jam-packed trip. From tango in Buenos Aires to sun and surf in Rio, explore two of the continent’s most vibrant capitals. Marvel at the majesty of Iguassu Falls and let its power engulf you. Included in your price is: arrival transfer, guided city tour of Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls Guided Tours of both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides, 8 nights’ accommodation, 2 overnight buses, selected meals and all transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

What we’ve outlined here is not even the tip of the iceberg. There really is so much to see and do on the continent, it’s just a matter of deciding what most floats your boat.
If you aren’t sure where to begin, check out our South America destination hub: http://www.statravel.co.za/travel-latin-america.htm

And if you’re worried about how to get there, fret not – you’ve got options. One ideal option is LATAM, Latin America’s largest airline (with the region’s most complete network) who was named the ‘Best Airline in South America’ in the recent Skytrax World Airline Awards at the Farnborough International Airshow. From 3 October 2016, they will be flying passengers between Johannesburg’s O.R Tambo International Airport and São Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport, three times a week. The flights between Johannesburg and São Paulo will be operated on their technologically-advanced Boeing 767-900. The aircraft features 191 seats in Economy Class and 30 in Premium Business. Premium Business passengers and passengers on qualifying oneworld tiers will have access to over 650 VIP lounges around the world through the oneworld partnership, offering you the chance to relax with a shower, catch up on business, or sample excellent cuisine before exploring over 1000 destinations in more than 150 countries. Not bad, right?

Now, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with us to book that trip!

#HeritageMonth: 10 unusual pitstops around SA


Cape Town – We know it, and you probably do too – South Africa is an awesome place.

Whether you’re looking to relax, sight see, head off on an adventure, embrace the outdoors or try something new – there’s something for everyone in this beautiful country.

Parys – Free State

Parys is a small vibrant town in South Africa with loads to do. From abseiling and fly fishing to hiking, berry picking, art classes and more! Many artists have settled in the town and many new interesting shops and attractions make it the ideal breakaway close to Gauteng. If you’re a lover of antiques, you need to make a stop in Parys.

Chintsa – Eastern Cape

Chintsa (formerly Cintsa) is a village in the Wild Coast region of the Eastern Cape, and is recognised as one of South Africa’s prime coastal destinations. With a clear 15km stretch of beach, epic outdoor adventures, natural forest, and many cultural encounters, there’s something for everyone in Chintsa.
Fun fact: The word “Chintsa” is a Xhosa word meaning ‘river of crumbling banks’, and it is pronounced in a very specific way. Most visitors say ‘Sintsa’, but the locals introduce a click sound at the beginning of the word.

Clarens – Free State

Clarens is a small town situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State and is nicknamed the “Jewel of the Eastern Free State.” With so much beauty all around, it’s no wonder why many an artist finds inspiration in Clarens. From horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking, to playing golf, archery, or heading off on hot air balloon rides, the list of “things to do in Clarens” is endless.

Stanford – Western Cape

Looking for a chilled getaway with the family or your significant other? Stanford could be just what you’re looking for. Only 30 minutes from Hermanus, this little town is filled with antique stores, vineyards and coffee shops. For the outdoorsy type, there’s bird watching, shark cage diving and more!

Cullinan – Gauteng

Another small town in SA with so much beauty. A mere 30 minute drive from Pretoria, this well-preserved mining town along the diamond route has loads to offer the inquisitive traveller. Cullinan’s focal point is Oak Avenue, which is lined with jacaranda and oak trees, and cottages with intricate wrought-iron work. Add to that abseiling, bongo drumming, gorge gliding and quad trails – and you’re not likely to run out of things to do and see if you take a trip out to Cullinan.

Things to do

The Big Pineapple in Bathurst – Eastern Cape

If “seeing the biggest artificial pineapple in the world” is on your bucket list, then you’ll be pleased to know that it may be a little easier to get to than you think. Located in Bathurst (one of the largest pineapple growing areas in South Africa) the 16.7 metre-tall pineapple makes for epic photos! And that’s not all. Inside of the giant pineapple is a pineapple museum. Cultural experiences for the win!
The Big Baobab in Modjadjiskloof – Limpopo

The Sunland Big Baobab, over 1 000 years old, is 10.64 metres in diameter and is 19 metres high. That’s big. Pretty big. This particular baobab located on the Sunland Farm is particularly famous because in its hollowed trunk there is a bar and a wine cellar! Definitely worth checking out.

Valley of Desolation in Graaff Reinet – Eastern Cape

Ever wondered what the product of volcanic and erosive forces of nature over 100 million years looked like? Well, wonder no more! The Valley of Desolation, a sheer cliff face, declared a national monument (that lies within the Camdeboo National Park – 14 kilometres outside of Graaf Reniet), is a geographical phenomenon with a unique Karoo landscape and ecosystem that creates a type of oasis in the midst of the aridness of the Karoo.

Spider Lady in Hanover – Northern Cape

If you’re someone with a fascination/love/obsession with spiders (we’re not judging you, we swear) you’ll be delighted to know that there’s a lady in Hanover (in the Northern Cape) who shares your fondness. Marie de Jager has learnt a lot about these creatures, and has transformed her house into a living museum. Locked in secure cages and tanks are a number of spiders and scorpions only of which five are venomous. The Spider crab is the most venomous one she has in her collection and it is nearly 10 years old. Some of the others she has are velvet spiders, a button spider and tarantula. (We got the heebeejeebies just writing this…)

Encounter deep canyons and towering dunes, diverse wildlife and fascinating tribal culture on this exciting tour through Namibia and the Cape, mixed with a host of adrenaline activities (including sand dune boarding) along the way.

Visit http://www.statravel.co.za/south-africa.htm for more info

New York- The city that never sleeps!


New York, New York
New York has been labelled the city that never sleeps – and for good reason! There’s so much to do in this city no matter your travel preference, tour style, or time available to explore.
Not sure where to start? We’ve got a whole bunch of options to help get you started planning your trip to The Big Apple.

Where to stay
New York is a big, big place. Picking the right accommodation from the thousands of options can be daunting. We’ve narrowed it down to some of our top picks:
• Wolcott Hotel Total
This beautiful Manhattan hotel is over 100 years old and still maintains the building’s original architectural details, which adds a wonderful charm and originality to your surroundings. Located just three blocks from the Empire State Building and within walking distance of Rockefeller Center, the Javits Center, and most subway lines and transportation hub, its location cannot be beat.

• Riviera Hotel
A 10-minute drive from Newark Liberty International Airport and 5 minutes from the Prudential Center and Manhattan-bound trains, the 1920s-era Riviera Hotel offers budget rooms in an urban neighbourhood.

• YMCA Vanderbilt
With a fabulous location in Midtown Manhattan, this New York hostel offers free WiFi and 24-hour security. United Nations Plaza is just 500 metres away.

• Amsterdam Court
In a renovated older building, this Theatre District hotel is 3 blocks from Radio City Music Hall and 4 blocks from the Times Square ticket booth; there are subway stops at either end of its block.

• Marrakech Hotel
This colourful budget hotel with a Moroccan theme is on the Upper West Side, a block from the subway and a 10-minute walk to Central Park.

• Astor On The Park
Facing the greenery of northern Central Park (and offering views thereof), this uptown budget hotel in quiet residential Manhattan Valley is 3 blocks from a subway station with stops at the Natural History Museum and the Theater District. It’s a 10-minute walk from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Columbia University.

Day trips and tours
Whether you have a few hours, a few days or a few weeks to kill in New York, we’ve got you covered. These are a few tour options we can assist you with:
• New York Pass:
The New York Pass will give you FREE entry to over 80 top attractions. The New York Pass offers not only great value and convenience, but also enables you to jump the queues at selected attractions. There are also over 40 special offers such as discounts on dining, shopping, Broadway shows and Helicopter tours. So if you enjoy museums or walking tours, boat cruises or behind the scene tours, The New York Pass has got you covered.
• City Pass New York:
The New York City Explorer Pass® is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Save up to 45% off retail prices on admission to three, five, or seven attractions of your choice from over 50 options. Enjoy the flexibility to choose attractions as you go and take up to 30 days to use your pass. Attractions include a hop-on hop-off bus tour, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island ferry ticket, Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, the MET, and more.
• Neighbourhood Eats Tour: Brownstone Brooklyn:
Your adventure begins at the Downtown Heliport at Pier 6 when you board a luxury helicopter for a 15-minute helicopter flight. In the spring and summer, see the Manhattan skyline at sunset, offering you views of the magnificent New York skyline.
Listen to your friendly pilot share fascinating facts and anecdotes as you spot some of the city’s most famous sights. Marvel at sensational views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Soar over the Hudson River and spot the iconic Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park. Your flight also offers vistas of other Manhattan landmarks including the Chrysler Building, World Financial Center, Chelsea Piers, Time Warner Center and Ground Zero, as well as New Jersey attractions such as the Goldman Sachs Tower, Colgate Clock and Liberty State Park.
After your helicopter ride, you’ll be escorted on a short walk to Pier 16, where you’ll board a water taxi for a 1-hour evening cruise of New York Harbor. Hear narration by your knowledgeable guide as you delight in captivating views of the Manhattan skyline and cruise under the Brooklyn Bridge. As your boat passes in front of the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island, toast your special night out on the town with a complimentary glass of Champagne.
Your magical New York experience concludes after nearly 2 hours with your return to Pier 16.

• Liberty Helicopter Tours:
This 2-hour tour offers a full dinner in 4 delicious, authentic New York shops and restaurants. First you’ll have thin-crust pizza with fresh tomato sauce, then enter Little Italy for the oldest cheese shop in America, for soppresata, an Italian salami and cheese.
Then you’ll cross the street and have a cannoli at Ferrara’s. Your tour continues with a walk down Mulberry street, the heart of Little Italy, a busy culinary destination for outdoor cafes. Crossing Canal Street, you’ll enter into Chinatown, the second largest Chinese neighborhood in the country. Your journey will be rewarded with great pork dumplings. Vegan option available.
Next, visit a historic cast-iron building in SoHo, dating back to 1872. This building was built to house sweat shops employing immigrant workers earning pennies an hour, and is now home to one of the greatest shopping districts in New York City. You’ll see the Church of the Most Precious Blood, which holds the statue of the Patron Saint of Rome, San Genaro, named for the feast held once a year in September.
All foods are included in the SoHo/Little Italy/Chinatown Dinner Tour, but beverages are additional.

Get in touch with us http://www.statravel.co.za/ today to start planning your ultimate New York adventure.

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Roadtrippin’ the Western Cape with STA Travel and Acacia Adventures

I got the chance to join STA Travel, SA Tourism, Acacia Africa and Cape Extreme on a four day adventure travelling through the Western Cape.

We all gathered bright and early at the UCT middle campus in Cape Town to meet our fellow travellers that would be joining in on the four-day adventure. As I arrived at the pick-up spot I saw the massive Acacia Africa overland truck awaiting us. For someone who isn’t a morning person, this was very exciting as I’ve never been on a truck like this before.



Ever wished you had a legitimate reason to throw the phrase “G’day, mate! How about we throw another shrimp on the barbie?” into conversation? Well, there’s no better time than now to plan a trip Down Under and rock that Aussie lingo!
Why plan a trip Down Under?
Australia has so much to offer the avid traveller. Whether its wildlife, rainforests, sun, sea and surf, or music festivals that tickle your fancy – Australia’s got you covered and caters for all travel preferences all year round. It’s also famous for its long summer months. From November through to April, both the sun and the Australians come out to play. Even during the mild winter months, a number of outdoor activities are available, such as skiing, snowboarding, theme parks and more.

A quick breakdown, Australia is a big, big island continent, it is the world’s sixth largest country by total area, but don’t let its size put you off, as it’s also one of the most diverse and multicultural destinations you can hope to visit. So we figured we break it down for you – Australia is divided into eight territories and states, each one holding something unique for the traveller.

Taking up the north-eastern curve of the Australian continent, Queensland is home to a dazzling array of landscapes, buzzing cities and around 300 days of sunshine a year. Fifteen regions make up this state, including Brisbane and The Gold Coast. Queensland’s coast has the famous Coral Sea and the world famous Great Barrier Reef. Rainforests, beaches, wildlife sanctuaries, and even championship golf courses are part of this area.

New South Wales:
As Australia’s oldest and biggest state, it overflows with history. Home to Australia’s most famous city, Sydney, and the equally famous Bondi Beach, New South Wales has a lot more to explore than just these two sparkling gems. There’s action and adventure to be had whether it’s surfing the shoreline or hitting the slopes in the Snowy Mountains, not forgetting canyoning, bushwalking, cycling, whale watching and more.

Tasmania has turned remoteness into a strength with its distinctive wilderness tourism programs, hip art scene, haunting convict past and growing foodie playground. Roughly 20 percent of the island is World Heritage listed. There’s a world of madness and magic to explore in Tasmania. From ancient traditions and feasts to music festivals and exhibitions inspired by uncharted lands.

South Australia:
South Australia might claim to be the country’s wine capital, however there is more to this area than just grapes and wine. This state will serve all of your nature-viewing desires. Dolphins play in the ocean just minutes from the city of Adelaide. Visit the heart of the Outback, just a few hours north of Adelaide, or fly south to Kangaroo Island to get up close and personal with sea lions, koalas, and kangaroos.

Victoria is home to world-class wineries of the Yarra Valley. Melbourne is a city of diversity, secret pockets and hidden laneways. It’s easy to explore away the hours uncovering hidden restaurant gems, or laneways filled with shops that stock the kind of unique, sophisticated, one-of-a-kind wares you will only find in this southern city. A two-hour drive from the city of Melbourne will take you to the natural habitat of seals and penguins located on Phillip Island.

Australian Capital Territory:
Canberra, the capital of Australia, is often referred to as the bush capital because pockets of bushland reserve extend almost to the centre of this city. Over half of the Australian Capital Territory is classified as national park or nature reserve.
Some of the attractions in this region include the Parliament House, Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery of Australia, and the National Museum of Australia.

Northern Territory:
The Northern Territory’s wonders include the World Heritage-listed Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park which holds the massive sandstone monolith known as Uluru (Ayers Rock). Vine forests, lotus lilies, crocodiles, wallabies, and brolga can be spotted here. A ride in the desert on a camel or a visit to the infamous Outback town of Alice Springs, are a few of the marvels of this region.

Western Australia:
The vibrant city of Perth offers the beautiful Swan River and Kings Park, one of the world’s largest and most beautiful inner city parks. For a frontier adventure, the North West holds rugged ancient landforms, rain forests, deep red gorges, vast cattle stations and pioneering personalities, as well as an ancient Aboriginal culture.

Getting around
There’s no mistaking the sheer size of Australia. That said, you’ll never be stranded and will have many options to get around. Hopping onto a bus or venturing out on a train journey are two ideal ways to explore the sights and all that the continent has to offer.
If you aren’t the DIY type, taking advantage of one of the many really cool Australia tours Contiki provide, will be the perfect option for you. A few options are: the Rock and Red tour which covers the Northern Territory; the City to Surf tour which covers Queensland and New South Wales; or Island and Rainforest where you’ll get to explore Australia’s East Coast and all the beauty it has to offer.
Getting there:
With international airports in each major city, Australia is well connected with the rest of the world. Sydney is the most popular destination to fly into, although Melbourne and Brisbane also have large airports welcoming tourists from all over the world.
And there’s never been a better time to book! For the month of June STA Travel and Qantas have teamed up to give you the chance to win R10,000 spending money! Book a Qantas air ticket from South Africa with us to anywhere in Australia this month and you will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win R10,000 spending money!
To find out more and get those flights booked head on over to STA Travel’s Australia destination hub: http://www.statravel.co.za/travel-australia.htm
For more information on the 8 territories with Australia please read, http://travel.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Why_Visit_Australia and for Qantas Airlines, http://www.qantas.com


Make the most of your time (and adventure) in the USA

The USA is a big, big country. And first timers to the area are forgiven for being overwhelmed in having to pick an itinerary and route to see as much as possible in the travel time they have available to them. Whether you’re just passing through the USA, or are planning to explore the country in a lot more depth over a couple of weeks, there are tons of tour options to suit the time available to you while in the USA. Anything from a quick city run-through in one day, to long haul tours spanning across cities over a few weeks. Here are some of my top picks.

Got a short stopover in NYC? There are a variety of trips that last anything from an hour to half a day that will show you the best of the city that never sleeps. If you’ve got 75 minutes to kill, hop on a Liberty Circle Line Cruise. You’ll get a live narrated tour as you view New York’s skyline, the World Financial Centre and the Statue of Liberty. See Ellis Island – the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States.

Got two hours to kill in a layover in New York? Why not take in the remarkable views of the New York City skyline? A Harbour Lights City tour is a must. Hop on board as the ship sails down the Hudson, cruises around the Battery, up the East River and back to the 42nd Street Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises pier. As you enjoy the landmark backdrop, colourful commentary from expert NYC tour guides punctuates the experience. It’s a great way to see more of the city if your time is limited in NYC.

Three days is all you need for a quick LA Explorer trip. Go local and explore LA on your own time with a two night package. Hit Hollywood Boulevard, visit Universal Studios or shop Rodeo Drive as you live it up in the City of Angels. With delicious restaurants & a rooftop garden that overlooks the breath taking city skyline, it’s got easy access to Hollywood & Universal Studios and is a short stroll from LA’s iconic attractions & evening hot spots & the metro.

A week in the USA is more than enough time to experience a Grand Canyon sunset, stargaze in Los Angeles, roll the dice in Las Vegas, indulge in the attractions of San Diego, and get your kicks on Route 66 – all in one tour. If you have a few extra days to spare, why not continue along Route 66 at your own pace by renting a Harley and seeing one of the most famous routes in the world, from the back of a motorcycle.

If you’re looking for a tour which covers everything from music and mountains, to monuments and beyond, an eight day Eastbound trip from New Orleans to New York is just what you need. Embrace big city beats and Nashville grooves; feel the beat in Memphis and New Orleans; drive through the Appalachian Mountains; explore monuments in Washington DC; and finally, see the sites in New York City. From the Big Apple to the Big Easy, this roadtrip swings south along the East Coast and captures the best cities, historical monuments and beautiful scenery from New Orleans and New York to and everything in between. Starting in New Orleans, take an optional tour of Graceland, opt to relive history at the National Civil Rights Museum, or tour the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum – before making your way onto Nashville, where your journey toward New York continues.

When your tour ends, you can opt for a helicopter ride around NYC which provides awe-inspiring views of the Big Apple’s most iconic landmarks. As you soar above New York City down the East River, you will fly right over the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges viewing the United Nations and Chrysler Buildings before cutting across to the sound-end of Central Park.

If you’re looking to bridge two iconic cities in 16 days, a San Francisco to New Orleans road trip should be on your bucket list. This adventure features amazing national parks, quirky landmarks and the spirit of America. Learn about Navajo culture, play the odds in Vegas, bask in genuine Southern hospitality and get your cowboy on in Texas. Centrally located hostels in the cities and campsites in the wilderness keep you in the heart of the action no matter where you are.

All of the above tours, as well as great flights and accommodation deals to the USA, can be booked through STA Travel – who will ensure you get to see the best of what the USA has to offer, no matter how long (or short) a trip you may be planning.



An American Road Trip – A Road Trip Like No Other

For years, road trips have been a firm favourite for people with a taste for adventure and who are looking to explore places, locally and abroad. Typically, a road trip is a journey taken on roads, regardless of stops en route, and are travelled over long distances by car to a location. In terms of a destination to choose when road tripping, at the top of the list is the United States of America.

If you’re still relishing in your youth, take advantage of it and the fact that you have few obligations at a young age; plan a road trip with your best friends or varsity mates. Whether it’s to go and see a long lost friend who might have moved to the other side of the world, or because you’re just looking to go on a journey – get out there, do crazy things, and explore the world which will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. If you’re a little older, road trips are a great option to consider if you’re stressed or bored with your routine and the mundane tasks of day-to-day life. If you need a little vacation to reignite that spark, trust us, the adventure of a road trip will do you good.

If you’re looking to tick off “Road Trip Across the USA” on that bucket list, STA Travel has a selection of USA packages and travel options, ranging from bus and rail passes, to hiring a car or campervan to give you ultimate flexibility and allowing you to save some pennies while road tripping America.

There’s also the option to make use of hop-on hop-off networks of public transport and private services which will allow you to explore a city at your own pace and according to your own itinerary. Stay as long as you like in each destination and jump back on the bus whenever you’re ready.

If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast or adventure traveller, another road trip option and experience, exclusive to STA Travel, is to hire a motorcycle and see the sights on the back of a classic bike. There’s a wide variety of motorcycles to choose from (Harley’s, Honda’s, BMW’s and many more) with the option of renting them for a one-way or round trip from the most desirable tourist destinations in the world, including Los Angeles, Yellowstone, Las Vegas, Miami and more. Exploring Route 66 on the back of a motorcycle is the stuff bucket list dreams are made of!

Another popular option is starting on the Pacific Coast Highway, also known as State Route 1, which stretches over 1000 kilometres from San Francisco all the way to San Diego and is simply picturesque.  Known as one of the most beautiful drives in the world, take your time to get to know the states you’ll be driving through.  Starting off in San Francisco, check out Fisherman’s Wharf, home to Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum and some of the best seafood restaurants in the state.

When you finally reach the breathtaking Big Sur – 140 kilometres of coastline that runs from San Simeon to Carmel by the Sea and surrounded by plunging mountains – be sure to have a break to unwind and stretch your legs.  You can even take a dip in one of the hot spring baths at the Esalen Institute.

The USA is such a diverse, exciting and beautiful place. Driving cross country allows you to experience all of what America has to offer. By skipping the typical metropolitan cities, sights or means of travel, you open yourself up to being exposed to the most breathtaking and amazing adventures that a trip off the beaten track can offer. The sights, the detours, the road trip playlist that you can customise for your journey, the pranks and pit stops along the way – these are all things that add to the excitement of a road trip. The movies make it look awesome, and that’s because it is! When you’re on a road trip, time doesn’t matter. You’re with your friends (or on your own), you’re on vacation and you chose to drive for a reason. Enjoy the scenery. Play License Plate Bingo. Cherish those moments in the car, campervan or motorcycle because they will breed the inside jokes that you repeat not just on that trip, but for the rest of your life. It’s not about killing time. Road trips are less about the destination than the journey.