Our History & Culture

Our history & culture

The story of STA Travel

This is the story of STA Travel and how we became your one stop shop for group travel. We are experts in adventures and have been creating memories with our customers for over 35 years'.
The story of STA Travel starts in 1979, when two young students had just returned from their travels, slightly jetlagged but on the biggest high of their lives. Inspired by the planet, the people they had met and the places they had seen, they set out on a mission to bring affordable flights and worldly adventures to others, young people, explorers and just about anyone who wanted or needed to travel. The result was STA Travel. Today we have almost 2,000 people working in over 200 stores around the globe, helping over 2 million travellers a year start their adventure!
When booking with STA Travel you can be sure our team is dedicated to making your trip a success. Unlike other travel providers we have Educational Development Executives. This team is there to specifically speak to teachers, students and even parents! Many of our executives come from a teaching background and therefore have a fundamental understanding of learning objectives and outcomes. Our Educational Development Executives are based regionally, meaning one is never too far away! They can come and talk to your students about educational trips, eco-tourism, volunteering and gap year opportunities - whatever you need to keep your students inspired as well as educated. Our on the road team can also provide pre-tour presentations or attend information evenings for parents.

Our Social Responsibility

We dream big and think local, working with the Born Free Foundation on a pioneering animal welfare policy and supporting local communities. We've been trusted by travellers since 1979, only working with the most reputable suppliers to ensure our standards of customer health and safety are met.
Our Social Responsibility

We know because we go

We’re travellers, just like you. So when our Travel Experts aren't helping you start your adventure, they're off having their own. All our Travel Experts have the opportunity to gain first had experience of our tours and suppliers. That means you can trust them when they say they know what they are talking about!
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Despite common belief, we’re not that fresh off the block! We have over 15 years’ experience of working with clients and tending to the needs of the educational and recreational groups. Our recent customer facing re-brand might make us look fresh faced, but really, we know what we are talking about!