New Zealand Campervan Dos and Don’ts

Today’s blog comes from our resident road tripper Hannah “Jeffers” Jeffery who isn’t actually that keen on Dire Straits. Honestly. 

If you have a secret thing for trailer trash, questionable driving skills (more sheep than people = empty roads) and musical tastes that shouldn’t be inflicted on coach loads of other travellers, then you’re the perfect candidate for a campervan trip! Kidding, it’s quite clearly all about the epic driving routes, mind-blowing landscapes and wilderness campgrounds and only a tiny bit about the Dire Straits playlist and roadside pie shops. However, before you scream “roadtrip” and bundle your motley crew of travel buddies into a van, there are a few things you need to know about campervanning in NZ.

With the help of our lovely friends at Mighty, Britz and Maui – the purveyors and experts of all things campervan –  we’ve come up with some not altogether unhelpful dos and don’ts.


23 reasons why Love Island is exactly like travelling

No need for an introduction. Other than to say, if you haven’t been glued to ITV2 this summer, YOU BASICALLY HAVEN’T BEEN LIVING.

Unless you’ve actually been away travelling, in which case you’re partially forgiven. Data roaming can be expensive.

p.s. Jack and Dani to win. You guys are just a bit of us.

1. Hanging out around the hostel pool every day, flirting furiously.


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2. Trying to sleep while people noisily hook up in dorm-beds next to you.


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3. Saying ‘I love you’ after two weeks, because you’ll DEFINITELY still be together when you get home.


4. Finding yourself! Or in Eyal’s case (‘I love green things’) discovering a love for nature and expressing it to anyone who’d listen.


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5. Trying to stay composed when the ‘one’ ditches you for the new hottie in the hostel. (Don’t worry Gee, we’ve got your back!)


6. Sleeping on a hammock under the stars feeling at one with the universe! That is, until the mossies get you.


7. Picking up other travellers’ accents and colloquialisms. Or in Love Island’s case, “mug”, “pied”, “sort”, “do bits”, “vibes” and “bantz”.


8. When you find out there’s extended happy hour at your new favourite watering hole.


9. “I got a text!”. Getting overly excitable about receiving a message from home. Although in the travel world, this is genuine alarm. Gen Z have no idea what a text message is.

10. Or knowing exactly what a text message is, and thus becoming earmarked as the token wise old backpacker of the group EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE NOT QUITE 30?


11. Rooting for your new travel buddy who’s finally plucked up the courage to speak to the girl they’ve been eyeing up for the duration of the tour.


12. Traveller bonds. Georgie and Danie can we be BFFs please?!


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13. The awkward moment your ex checks in to the hostel. Well, you know, that one from the last hostel. In travel terms, that’s a relationship.


14. There’s always that one person who eats all the food from the hostel fridge.


15. When you’ve yet to do laundry and have no clean clothes left, leaving you to resort to the outfit from the beach luau.


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16. Queuing for the hostel hair dryer/straightening station. Don’t judge us, flashpackers have feelings too.

17. Describing your type to your travel buddies when a new group of lads check in – let the dibs begin.


18. Teary Skype sessions home


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19. The lovable and hardworking backpacker that always gets friend-zoned. Sorry doc, we’re looking at you…


20. Coming home from a late night out, trying to get to your bed in stealth mode without disturbing your fellow dorm buddies.


21. That feeling you get when you book a shared dorm before an early morning flight, and realise you’ve got the room all to yourself.


22. Not being able to stop talking about your travels when you get home. Or in this case, not being able to stop talking about Love Island in all social, work and stranger situations. Sorry is it almost 9pm?


23. And basically, having the best SUMMER OF YOUR ENTIRE LIFE.


Think Love Island is good? Travelling’s better. And the islands are actual islands, like this one in Fiji.

The best Pride parades on the planet

It’s true, love really does make the world go round.

That’s love, not money. And definitely not the conservation of angular momentum. Insert confused face <here>.

To celebrate Pride in London this weekend and all those extraordinary LGBT warriors out there, we gave one of our Round the World routes the rainbow treatment based on the best places to protest and party.

Look lively, you DO NOT want to miss the float on this one.

LGBT – Let’s Go Bloody Travelling!

From £1,799 (inclusive of taxes, love hearts and pots of gold at the end of rainbows…)


How to plan a gap year

The Gap Year gospel according to STA Travel, hold onto your backpack, it’s about to get biblical.

The Pacific Northwest: Where have you been all our lives?

Dazzled by the surfers, starlets and sunshine of California, travellers are often guilty of coming to a screeching standstill at the Cali/Oregon border on their West Coast roadtrips. And for that, we sincerely apologise.
Our name is STA Travel, and we were wrong.
Home to wild beaches and world-class ski fields; off-the-wall cities and humorous locals; and no situation that isn’t improved by the addition of either a) coffee, b) craft beer, or c) a bike trip into the mountains, the Pacific Northwest is like nowhere else in the USA.
(FYI, for all those B+ and below geographers out there, the Pacific Northwest consists of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia).


Travel crush: 11 reasons to Greek island hop this summer

You never quite recover from a trip to Greece. It’s partly the ouzo flashbacks; but mostly that it’s one of the most easy going and beautiful places on the planet.

4,000 years of history, old dudes drinking coffee outside tavernas, meze and Mythos beer – it’s a feta-fuelled fantasy of a beach hair, €5 wine and laid-back island life.

Roll on summer 2017.

1. There’s scenery like this… everywhere.



Made in Taiwan: 8 things you didn't know about Taiwan

One of our favourite new travel destinations, here are 10 Taiwanese lessons on life, love and garbage trucks. It’s time to embrace the strange.


Your Essential Guide To Festival Planning And Packing

It’s official, festival fever is firmly upon us at STA Travel HQ!

Not only are we heading back to Bestival in the UK to host our second STA Travel hostel and music stage, but we’ve also launched STA Travel Beats! No big deal, just small group adventures onto the frontline of the underground international festival scene. Check it out, it’s rad.

So, we felt it was about time we did something practical. And this, is thus! Your almost essential guide to festival planning and packing. Not dissimilar to packing to go travelling (capsule wardrobe, wet wipes, optimistic interpretation of your weather app) this should prepare you for all manner of festival chaos, from meteorological disasters to running out of breakfast cider.


Your Guide to Staying Clean on the Festival Scene

Finally, festival season is here! You can almost smell it. (We actually could, hence the blog).
From crazy camping commodes to space-saving wet wipes, here’s our guide to stopping your bits and pits from smelling like a Black Sabbath mosh pit this year.


Food trucks, avocado and grilled cheese: The best places to eat in Dubai

Hipsters, hold onto your beard trimmers, because Dubai is the new stopover destination for foodies! Knowing and loving Dubai’s fine dining and streetside shawarma reputation as we do, we were similarly surprised (delighted) by rumours of cereal killers, shipping containers and bottomless brunches. So we investigated, and discovered that Dubai has some of the best breakfasts, baristas and beards this side of Brick Lane, Brooklyn, Berlin and Brunswick Street (the four official coordinates of global hipsterdom, look it up).


Don’t believe us, read on. And grab a napkin for the drool.