UK and USA Passenger Protection

Your guide to understanding the new enforced airline regulations.

As you may be aware, this week the UK and US governments introduced new aviation security procedures for travel to and from specific countries. We always want your trip to be enjoyable and stress-free, so please make sure that you are up-to-date and understand these new rules and regulations before you travel.

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Top 5 hipster neighbourhoods in Canada

Hey you, the one with the facial hair and trousers rolled up! We’ve found the five hippest neighbourhoods that are about to make your man-bun fall off. And no, they’re not in London or Melbourne but dotted across the glorious nation of Canada. From Toronto’s quirky street art to Winnipeg’s trendy Osborne Village, get ready to brunch your way around the hipster hoods of this vibrant country…

1. Toronto: West Queen West

Morning stroll

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10 images of Canada to make you book your flights immediately

Warning! You are at risk of having an uncontrollable urge to book flights to Canada after reading this blog. Toronto’s dramatic skyline, Lake Moraine’s juicy watermelon, Pemberton’s Music Festival and Fogo Island’s sumptuous breakfast are about to make your fingers start clicking on the search for Canada flights button. It’s a natural reaction, you’re only human but don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Wait until you see that little house in Quebec…

1. The Toronto skyline

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5 Thailand experiences your mates won’t have already done

So you’ve partied hard at the Full Moon, Black Moon, Blue Moon*, Jungle Moon, Half Moon, and you’re starting to think, well what else is there left to do in Thailand?

Well stop right there. We’ve found five Thai experiences that will make you put your neon paint into semi-retirement. We’ll guarantee you’ll meet locals like never before, work with remote hilltribes, become an expert tightrope walker and chef extraordinaire all at the same time.

*think this is actually a beer not a moon-related party.

1. Lend a helping hand to the hilltribes

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5 Thailand experiences your mates won't have already done

So you’ve partied hard at the Full Moon, Black Moon, Blue Moon*, Jungle Moon, Half Moon, and you’re starting to think, well what else is there left to do in Thailand?

Well stop right there. We’ve found five Thai experiences that will make you put your neon paint into semi-retirement. We’ll guarantee you’ll meet locals like never before, work with remote hilltribes, become an expert tightrope walker and chef extraordinaire all at the same time.

*think this is actually a beer not a moon-related party.

1. Lend a helping hand to the hilltribes

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A Married Couple Embark on a 'Flash-Packing' trip around the World!

Back in 2014, thanks to a little inspiration from STA Travel, Paul and Vanessa Smith embarked on a ‘flash-packing’ trip around the world. Obviously, we wanted to hear all the juicy stories from their time circumnavigating the globe. So we fired a few questions at Vanessa. She spilled the beans.
#couplegoals

How did STA Travel help you on your round the world journey?

I booked my trip 10 years ago with STA Travel (in the Earls Court branch). STA Travel were very influential in planning our trip. We visited the Covent Garden branch (in London) twice and they were absolutely brilliant at giving us ideas and advice for the various countries we wanted to visit!

Travel and holidays have always been our ‘hobby’ and we’ve been lucky enough to have shared some amazing trips away including Mauritius, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Kenya, South Africa and many parts of Europe. These holidays gave us the appetite to embark on a longer trip together. Paul had an opportunity to take redundancy and so we jumped at the chance!

‘What better way to share such an incredible journey than with the one you love!’- Vanessa Smith


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7 alternative places to visit in the USA in 2017

Forget the Hollywood Sign, Empire State Building and Grand Canyon! We’re here to share with you those little hidden gems you’ve never thought about visiting in the USA. From prisons housing the world’s most infamous criminals to speakeasies hidden behind telephone boxes, museums full of shrunken heads and sleepy sloth sanctuaries, here’s our pick of 7 alternative places to visit in the USA in 2017…

1. Antelope Canyon

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A day in Melbourne

Our Student Ambassador Katya from RMIT University has moved to Melbourne from Newcastle and shares her top tips on where to go in the city

Forget Sydney, London and New York – Melbourne is the most livable city in the world and this is why…

Best Bars
No.1 – The Croft Institute – 21 Croft Alley, Melbourne
Hidden down a laneway in Chinatown, The Croft Institute is a wonderfully, creepy science lab- inspired bar. Even the toilets look like a mental asylum!
Open 5pm – 1am (Mon –Thurs), 5pm – 3am (Fri -Sat), closed Sunday

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Top spots along East Coast USA!

Thinking of a summer road trip in the states? Excellent! But before you go any further, forget those West Coast ideas and get ready to drive the lesser known road of East Coast USA. From Boston to Miami you’ll embark on a roadie that’s jam-packed with history, charming towns, iconic cities, buzzing nightlife and some of the most fantastic food you will ever eat, move-over California, we’re all about cruising the East Coast this year! To help you plan this epic drive, here’s our pick of ultimate East Coast stops along the way…

Boston

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Romantic place names from around the world

Roses are red, violets are blue, we’re bad at poems… go travel. With Valentine’s Day upon us, we took a look at some of the most romantic sounding destinations in the world.

Kissing, Bavaria, Germany

kissing

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Nothing ever gets done here, but the locals are very friendly.

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