Hidden Gems in San Francisco

There really is no city like San Francisco. From the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, to the mysterious Alcatraz this land of fog has so much to offer. It is easy to tick off the MUST see attractions, but how can you be sure you are experiencing the real San Fran? Here is a few local tips to help you make the most of your trip!

Where to have breakfast

Breakkie in San Fran

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STA Travel takes on Bestival

This is the second year that STA Travel will be taking on Bestival and we literally cannot wait! But unfortunately like everyone else, we’re just gonna have to. After the success of last year, we are promising to comeback BIGGER and BETTER than ever before.

So here’s what we’ve got in store for you beautiful festival goers…

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Drum roll…Win a trip to Bestival!

Drum roll please. This is STA Travel’s competition of the summer, if not of the whole YEAR so get involved. Nothing to lose and SO much to gain. You have heard of Bestival right? The boutique Isle of Wight music festival that everyone is talking about. Well, we are giving away 3 unique and ridiculously braggable experiences at Bestival 2016. You and 3 mates could be heading to the festival by train, campervan or PRIVATE PLANE – if that’s not enough we have your accommodation sorted (no struggling with tent polls for you), entry to the welcome party BBQ at the STA Travel Hostel plus breakfast every morning to line your stomachs and energise your dancing shoes for the day ahead. Sound good? See the options below!
Bestival

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Western Australia Camper Adventure – Perth to Esperance

Fancy getting off the tourist trail and exploring some of Australia’s best beaches and untouched wilderness? Then head to Western Australia, the perfect place for a camper adventure! The next question is, do you go north to Broome or south to Esperance? For the most beautiful beaches in the world and for shorter driving times definitely go south! After asking many locals 9 out of 10 recommended this route – and WOW I am so glad we took their advice. So buckle up, and take a look at what you could do on your camper adventure…

Perth

PERTH

Start your adventure in the capital of Western Australia, Perth. The city has so much to offer, from stunning beaches to great nightlife and delicious restaurants. Far smaller than the eastern capitals Melbourne and Sydney, the city is only home to approx 1.8 million people. But that doesn’t stop the party! For the best nightlife, head to James Street in the city centre and check out Air or Geisha – two popular late night spots. Spend a few days exploring the seaside neighbourhoods of Cottesloe and Freemantle. If you have a free afternoon be sure to grab a picnic and head to Kings Park, a great place to chill out with panoramic views of the city.

Campsite: Central Caravan Park

Perth

Dunsborough

Dunsborough

So it is time to move on from Perth, wave goodbye to the gorgeous beaches and say hello to…oh wait, even better beaches! The first stop on your epic camper adventure is Dunsborough. This drive is 2 hours 45 minutes along the coast and there are SO many amazing places along the way. Two of my favourite stops are Yallingup and Busselton. The latter is home to the Southern Hemispheres longest wooden jetty. Take a stroll down the pier and if you are lucky you will spot wild dolphins playing out at sea. Alternatively if you are feeling lazy take a ride on a cute red train down the jetty, a great chance to sit back and admire the view. For dinner in Dunsbourough, if you are not cooking in your camper, I recommend heading to Occy’s 2 for a delicious and reasonably priced pizza. It would also be a sin for any chocoholic to miss out on ‘Hot Chocolate’ – a quirky chocolate shop & café. Promise you will not be disappointed!

Campsite: Dunsborough Lakes Holiday Resort and Caravan Park

Margaret River

Margaret river
When you are dun with Dunsbourough (get it?) set off early and have your campervan breakie at Eagle Bay. This is just a short drive away and oh em gee it is absolutely stunning. A Long stretch of glistening sand and the clearest sea I have ever seen. A few luxury homes dot the oceanfront but that is it. My travel buddy and I were the only two people there all morning, actual paradise. Once you are done frolicking on the shore, head to Margaret River, and your next overnight stop. You will want to spend a good few days/weeks/months/years here – such a vibrant town with boutique stores and trendy cafes. It is a great base to head out and explore the famous vineyards nearby as well as stretches of unspoilt beach. This is when having a campervan really comes into its own…

Campsite: Margaret River Tourist Park

Denmark

DENMARK

When you are ready to tear yourself away from the beautiful bubble that is Margaret River, head further down the coast to the town of Denmark. This drive is one of the longest of your trip at approx. 4 and a half hours but make sure you hit up the sites along the way. The first stop being the quaint town of Augusta, a great scenic choice to park up your camper for breakfast. Head to the lighthouse at the end of the peninsula, Australia’s furthest southwest corner! Next on the list is The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. This is an amazing experience, walking 40 metres high amongst the treetops of the Tingle Forest – if you are scared of heights you may want to sit this one out! Once you arrive in Denmark you will want to set up camp for at least 2 nights. Be sure not to miss Elephant Rock (named because the rocks look like elephants…apparently) and Greens Pool. These stunning coves with white sandy beaches are the perfect place to spend another glorious day is Oz.

Campsite: Denmark Rivermouth Caravan Park

Esperance

esperance

The final stop on my epic west coast road trip was Esperance. The drive is pretty long – so if you want somewhere to stay on the way have a night or two in Albany. Esperance is AMAZING, such a lovely seaside town with, again, the best beaches I have ever seen in my life. A perfect place to explore the coastline in your camper and enjoy the great outdoors! When you are ready to head back to Perth I recommend starting off early – it’s a long one. I suggest driving via Wave Rock (a rock formation that looks like a wave, believe it or not). It is pretty cool and means you will be travelling a different route back to the city!

Campsite: Pine Grove Holiday Park

Feeling inspired to hit the road and experience your very own Western Australia camper adventure? Well, we now have up to 30% off campervan hire in OZ – check it out!

5 Unmissable Fiji experiences!

So, you are thinking about adding Fiji to your round the world trip? A couple of years ago that is exactly what I was contemplating. It is crazy that an afterthought actually became the ultimate highlight of my four month adventure. Just as my sister encouraged me, I want to return the favour and convince you not to miss out on this tropical paradise…

1.Beachcomber

Beachcomber Fiji
This island is any backpacker’s paradise. It almost feels like you are on an episode of Shipwrecked when you rock up to this tiny jewel that is rightly labelled the ‘party island’ of Fiji. Order the most tropical cocktail, lay on the beach and chill-out before dancing the night away under the stars. Now that is an unmissable experience!

Location: Beachcomber Island Resort – Beachcomber Island
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Let's Talk New York

There really is no place like New York. Buzzing with so much energy you can instantly see why it has been named the city that never sleeps! Whether you are planning a long weekend away, or stopping off as part of a bigger trip, here are a few insider tips that the guide books don’t mention to help you plan an unforgettable stay in the Big Apple.

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Let’s Talk New York

There really is no place like New York. Buzzing with so much energy you can instantly see why it has been named the city that never sleeps! Whether you are planning a long weekend away, or stopping off as part of a bigger trip, here are a few insider tips that the guide books don’t mention to help you plan an unforgettable stay in the Big Apple.

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California Dreaming: Las Vegas to San Francisco Road Trip! (Part 3)

The last few days of my California adventure are dawning, read the first parts of the trip here. Next on the agenda, was one of the most scenic drives in the world, with stunning coastal views, seaside villages and untouched forests – we hit the Pacific Coast Highway.

Day 13 – Big Sur


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California Dreaming: Las Vegas to San Francisco Road Trip! (Part 2)

Continuing on from my first few days travelling from Vegas through to San Diego (read about that here), it’s time to resume my adventure – windows down, sun shining as we passed through Newport Beach…

Day 8 – Day 9 Newport Beach

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California Dreaming: Las Vegas to San Francisco Road Trip! (Part 1)

There’s something really special about going on a road trip, isn’t there? It screams adventures, great tunes and freedom. Some would say it makes the best kind of holiday. So, with my bags packed, playlist created and fancying myself as a bit of an explorer, I knew an American road trip was the way to go…
Where best to embrace the great open road, than a Californian adventure – where Hollywood movies are made. A trip like this needed a lot of planning as I was covering a huge distance in two weeks. So to help all you would be travellers, I’ve documented my journey, sharing my itinerary and top sights along the way! I’ve broken my adventure down into a three part series, so grab a cuppa, settle down and get inspired to travel.

Day 1-3 VEGAS


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