Round the World travel is what STA Travel is all about. I was tasked with creating a blog post that built on the excitement of planning a big trip and got to create one of my favourite headlines, ever. Here’s an extract of the finished article below. You can read the full version here.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 WAYS
A round the world trip is about experiences: the people you meet; the memories you make; and the stories you tell. And, usually, those things aren’t found at your final destination. They’re found on the road. Or on an elephant. Or on the roof of a bus. Or on an elephant on the roof of a bus.
There are heaps of ways to make your way around the world, and we’ve rounded up some of our favourite. So grab your backpack, and leave your expectations at home. We’re going round the world in 80 ways.
HAVE AN OPEN MIND
What you are about to witness are some alternative ideas for travelling round the world. Some are practical, some are a bit out there, and some are verging on the ridiculous. Let’s go!
LEAVING ON A JET PLANE
First up, jump on a plane to get you to Bangkok, the heart of Southeast Asia, in a matter of hours.
Now, the fun can really begin. Your first mode of transport? It has to be a classic tuk tuk and visit the city’s temples, markets, shops, and soak up the culture.
As evening falls, get your driver to drop you off at Hualamphong Station and hop on a night train up to Chiang Mai. 12 short hours later, and you can clamber aboard your next mode of transport: trekking on elephants through the jungle!
TAKE IT SLOW (BOAT)
Once you’ve had your fill of pad thai, it’s time to mosey on over into laid-back Laos. By long, wooden slow boat… natch! Kick back, relax and enjoy the two day journey. Alternative journey: reach Laos by speedboat in 8 hours. I do not recommend this unless you want permanently windswept expression, and possible concussion.
GET ON THE BUS
After all that time on the water, you’ll be glad to spend some time on dry land. Luckily, there are some rather convenient hop-on hop-off buses in Laos, which will take you to all the best spots.
Take in the mountains and monastries in the north, and the partying and tubing in Vang Vieng. Hope off in 4000 Islands, and make your own way down to Cambodia by public bus – an experience not to be missed. You might want to make like the locals and wear a crash helmet!
CHOOO CHOOO CHOOSE THE TRAIN
Bus it back to Bangkok and get ready to start the journey south down to Malaysia. How? By train, of course! You can chug all the way down to Kuala Lumpur. You’ll arrive there after two days of watching the world go by and bunking down with some locals for the night. So much more interesting than a one hour budget flight!
WHAT GOES ON TOUR…
Alternatively, back in the Thai capital you could jump on the Roam Bangkok to Singapore tour, which will take you aaaaall the way down to Singapore, and will see you climbing rocks, sailing on long-tail boats, exploring Malaysia by bicycle rickshaw, and travelling by local transport down to Singas.