15 foods you NEED to try when you’re in Thailand

Sure, our main inspo to visit Thailand might have had something to do with a younger Leo and a beach but when we visited the Beach for ourselves, we couldn’t help but think… how were they so happy on a diet of fish and rice when there are street food carts and steaming bowls of Thai meals on every street corner?! We’d be crying into our pillows each night; Leo or no Leo (bold statement).

So, here’s fifteen Thai dishes we couldn’t travel without…

1. Khao Soi

Creamy, spicy chicken curry? Check. Oodles of soft noodles? Check! Top it off with shallots, pickles, chilli and more (this time crispy) noodles and you’re onto a winner.

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2. Som Tam (papaya salad)

Southeast Asia’s staple salad is made from thin strips of green papaya drowned in lime juice, red chilli, fish sauce and even sugar. Stop by a street cart and watch as the vendor shaves you a portion before sprinkling it with peanuts. Best enjoyed from a banana leaf!

 

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3. Massaman curry

Did you know there’s more than just green and red Thai curry? Those two are delicious enough but how about a beef, potato and peanut curry with cinnamon, cumin and nutmeg? Talk about spicy!

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4. Pad Kra Pao

Move over Gino D’Acampo, we want Thai basil, not Italian! Translating as ‘basil stir-fry’, this dish incorporates ground chicken or pork, rice, chilli, garlic, soy, oyster and fish sauce and handfuls of sweet, fragrant Thai holy basil leaves. Best served with a fried egg on top, there’s no brunch or lunch more satisfying.

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5. Ton Yum soup

This sweet and sour noodle soup is one you can find anywhere. It’s usually served plain with a side of chillies, ground peanuts and sometimes even sugar so you can go wild building your own flavour profile. Add fresh, meaty prawns, mushrooms and whatever else tickles your pickle, and you’re onto some pretty tasty, comforting broth.

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6. Hor Mok curry

‘Amok’ refers to cooking, and often (but not always) serving curry in either a hollowed-out coconut or wrapped in banana leaves. Tender, sweet and often loaded with fresh seafood and piles of shaved coconut, save this one for a special occasion or a regular day, we won’t judge.

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7. Bamee bpet yang

So, you’re a sucker for the duck when you head to a Chinese restaurant? We hear you. And so, it seems, are the Thais. Wander around any Bangkok market and you’re bound to come across a stand serving up this satisfying dish made up of honey-glazed roasted duck breast and egg noodles, served with a hearty portion of gravy. Yum.

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8. Pad pak bung fai daeng (morning glory)

We love an innuendo and so does Thailand. The perfect side dish to any meal, this green veggie is best when drowned in soy, garlic and those ever-present Thai red chillies.

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9. Gai pad pongali

This is a curry with a difference – an egg is cracked and scrambled into the curry before serving, giving it a chunky texture, which gives twice as much flavour as the norm.

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10. Skewers

Moo Satay or Khao Neow Moo Ping… chicken, beef, spicy pork, scorpion, yano whatever… Whatever your meat of choice, you’ll never be far away from delicious morsels sizzling on an open grill. A snack we can get behind, load up on these in-between big feeds.

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11. Pad kee mao sen yai (drunken noodles)

‘Pad Kee Mao Sen Yai’ translates to ‘drunken noodles’. Sounds fun, right? They are. Loaded with soy, garlic, fish sauce, sweet basil, chilli and just about every other Thai flavour going, they’re a perfect taste sensation even after a few too many Changs…

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12. Pink broth

One for the wannabe unicorns, Yen ta fo is a highly Instagrammable rice noodle soup which is coloured pink with fermented bean curd.

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13. Thai pancakes

Not heard of banana pancakes? You won’t be able to escape them in Thailand. There’s no dessert more satisfying than a hot, griddled, squishy banana, melted chocolate, fruit and coconut, you’ll end up eating these for most desserts. And breakfasts. And probably lunch too…

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14. Kluay tod

Deep-fried. Battered. Banana. Hot, sweet and crunchy on the outside, and melt-in-the-middle within, these snacks cost mere cents, so keep your eyes peeled (pun unintentional) for these babies.

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15. Mango sticky rice

Rice puddings’ exotic cousin, Thai sticky rice has a slightly dried texture making it easy to pull apart using your hands. And who doesn’t love literally diving into their food!? Generous helpings of coconut cream and sticky mango make it all the more appe-thai-sing.

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If you read this blog pre-meal, we feel for ya. But, what better way than satisfying those hunger pangs for tastes of the east by booking a one-way ticket to Thailand? When you’re out there, don’t forget to get an iconic 7-Eleven toastie. They will save your life. Seriously.

The best coffee in the world and where to drink it

Looking for the best coffee in the world and where to drink it?

Oh coffee; our pick-me-up in the morning, our hangover cure and best friend for helping us pretend we’re totally awake. But put down that paper cup of filter coffee, who do you think we are? The losing team in The Apprentice? Don’t pass the sugar, Alan, we’re going premium.

Tanzania Peaberry coffee on Mount Kilimanjaro

Head to where these bad boy beans are grown, Mount Kilimanjaro itself, for a fruity, acidic Arabica coffee. What could be better than finishing a mountainous hike than a cup of joe? A shower. Maybe, a shower… But just think of the views as you look across the country below, steaming cup in hand. Plus, double winner, hand warmer!

 

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Guatemalan Antigua coffee in Semuc Champey

Grown over 4,500 ft above sea level, this premium coffee is full bodied – like us after pizza Friday’s – spicy and velvety. Take your flask of just-brewed juice to Semuc Champey, one of the most beautiful natural sights in Guatemala. A group of tiered pools perched above a limestone bridge, the trek through the rainforest might be a bit tricky but the emerald pools at the end are worth the feat.

 

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Sumatra Manheling coffee at Lake Toba

Sweet, herby and earthy, this Indonesian bean is smooth as heck. Head to the Lintong region where the beans in your cup were made and explore Lake Toba – the beauty spot which also doubles as the world’s largest crater lake. According to local legend it was formed by a magic fish; pretty big fish…

 

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Ethiopian Harrar coffee in Gondar

Wild and exotic, two words we wish were used to describe us, this Arabica bean is grown 4.5-6.5k feet above sea level. Some say it tastes almost like red wine which is enough to sell us a pint or two of the good stuff. Enjoy your coffee after a tour of nearby Gondar, once described as the ‘Camelot of Africa’ and be the royal you were born to be as you tour the nearby royal castles. Move over, Meghan.

 

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Nicaraguan coffee at Masaya Volcano

Warm your belly and your toes (probably your whole body really) with a trip to Nicaragua’s Masaya Volcano. You can drive your car right up to the lip of the crater as sulphurous clouds billow up from the molten lava lake at the bottom… Bit reckless, no? Just us? After that trip, take a sip on the new entry in all the coffee best lists and get ready for the tastes of CHOCOLATE. Yummm.

 

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Sulawesi Toraja coffee in Tana Toraja

One of the four Great Sunda Islands in Indonesia, this tropical paradise knows how to brew. The whole island is a dream but once you’ve drunk your dark-chocolate-and-ripe-fruit-in-flavour cup of coffee, head to Tana Toraja for a real taste of local life. This region is famous for embalming their dead in trees, making burial grounds in cliffs and even leaving mummified family members in the house!

 

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Kenya AA coffee at Diani Beach

Full-bodied, floral and winey, this premium tipple is one to not be missed. Okay, okay, you don’t put beach and coffee together but you haven’t seen Diani Beach. Out on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya, Diani Beach is a dream getaway made for sandy toes and cheesy grins like those people you see on stock photos.

 

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Hawaii Kona coffee in Haleakalā National Park

Think Hawaiian coffee and you get a rich yet light taste with a splash of yummy buttery-ness. Hawaii’s islands are Instagram-perfect, don’t pretend you haven’t ogled. Try something different and head to the Bamboo Forest in Haleakalā National Park for some real wood, we mean good adventure and exploring.

 

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Are we making you thirsty after all that? Sarrryyyyyyy. Check out more on our blog for destination inspirations and travel advice!

13 unique and unusual places you NEED to stay in

We’re all about embracing the unusual here at STA Travel and when it comes to accommodation, the quirkier the better! Earn some serious travel street-cred and take your trip to a whole new level by calling a grounded plane, a rain forest canopy or a Japanese library home for the night…

1. Sleep in a plane (firmly on the ground) in Sweden

That’s right, a hostel made from a plane and this one is super cool. Next time you’re in Stockholm, make sure this jumbo jet is on your list.

Book your stay today!

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2. Sleep in a crane (firmly off the ground) in Amsterdam

Weird and wacky Amsterdam would have a hostel in a crane, wouldn’t they? And that’s why we love them! Anyone with a fear of heights/dangling above the ground, beware!

Book a night here…

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3. Sleep in the trees in Peru

Planning an Amazonian adventure? Sleep among the monkeys in your very own treehouse lodge – your mates will be green with envy at the lush rainforest within arm’s reach of your bedroom window.

Book a night in the trees…

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4. Sleep down, down, underground in Coober Pedy 

When where you live is this freakin’ HOT there’s only one way to go – underground. Find shops, restaurants, even hotels and hostels all burrowed below the earth’s surface. This quirky little town is not to be missed!

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5. Sleep in a silo in New Zealand

We never thought we’d say it, but yes, we really want to stay in a silo! No longer a tin structure to hold grain, this New Zealand offering now stores sleepy travellers.

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6. Sleep in a library in Tokyo

Prepare for a night of bookworm paradise. Nestle yourself between shelves stocked full of literature in this quaint library hostel. Then get some epic Instagram pics before nodding off…

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7. Sleep locked up overnight in Australia

The look on your mum’s face when you tell her you spent the night in a prison will be so, so worth it (plus, you can lie in luxury – don’t worry, you won’t actually get shackled up!)

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8. Sleep in a salt palace in Bolivia

Embrace royal life when you tell your mates you’re staying in a Palace. Even more unique, a palace made of salt (FYI licking the walls is not ok kids)! This place is uber chic and definitely won’t leave you feeling salty.

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9. Sleep in a hotel made of ice in Sweden

Ice, ice babyyy – any excuse to get that line out and we’ll take it. This place is straight outta Narnia and will have your jaw trailing on the floor.

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10. Sleep in a hotel made of sand in Egypt

Feel like the real Lawrence of Arabia with a night in a sand hotel. Just be careful not to huff and puff in case it all falls down (of course we’re joking… we think).

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11. Sleep in an old bull-fighting ring in Mexico

Steeped in history and oozing Hispanic luxe, this accommodation will have you snapping at every turn.

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12. Sleep in a capsule in Hong Kong

These guys are known for their space-saving methods and this capsule hostel is no different! If you’re claustrophobic, this one isn’t for you…

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13. Sleep in a train carriage in California

All aboard!! Choo-choose a night in a train carriage next time you visit California (thanks Ralph Wiggum for that pun). Each one has its own theme from seaside vibes, Parisian boutiques to Harley Davidson shrines. Random? But of course.

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If you want more regular accommodation, check out ALL of our hostels and hotels.

8 reasons why travelling by bus is the best way to see New Zealand

So, you’ve journeyed to the other side of the world and saved up a small fortune for your trip. You’re desperate to explore the full 990 mile length of New Zealand, but you can’t drive and you want as little faff and as much adventure as possible. Well my friend, a Hop-on Hop-off bus is for you. Here are our top reasons for travelling New Zealand by Hop-on Hop-off buses.

1. Stress free

There is no need worry about traffic or getting lost, as someone else is doing the driving. It’s completely hassle free. Meaning you can admire the changing landscape, which New Zealand is so famous for, all from the comfort of your window seat.

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2. Insta ready

Spot the perfect setting for an Instagram snap or a selfie? No problem! The Hop-on Hop-off bus drivers are always happy to make a quick photo stop to help you keep your (many) followers updated and feeling extremely jealous. That’s what it’s for, right?

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3. Practical

Worried about how you’re going to find your hostel in a town you’ve never been to? No worries, a Hop-on Hop-off bus will drop you right at the door of your hostel or at a very central point in town.

4. New travel buddies

Flying solo? This network of buses is a great way to meet other solo or group travellers that you can travel on with. Then, if you’re feeling popular, you can jump off and onto a later bus for a whole group more of new travel buddies! Winner.

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5. Flexible

Don’t want to be pinned down to anyone’s schedule? Or maybe you just want to stay a little longer in Queenstown? Bus travel is designed for even the most laid-back of travellers. Once you are ready to move onto the next stop, you can login via your bus pass and book your seat.

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6. Sleeeep

It’s a tough life all this travelling malarkey and it’s more tiring than you think. There is so much to pack in – from glacier hikes, bungy jumps, canyon swings and a whole heap more. You can sleep to your heart’s content on the bus, meaning you get to save your energy for the important stuff, like this!

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7. Local tips and tricks

Have you got serious fear of missing out? Want to discover those hidden gems off the beaten track? The Hop-on Hop-off bus driver are a treasure trove of information and places that fly under the radar. After all, there is no one better person to show you the most beautiful parts of New Zealand than a local.

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8. Fit it ALL in

Hop-on Hop-off bus extraordinaire, Kiwi Experience, have a whole range of itineraries to pick and choose from for your trip to New Zealand. So what are you waiting for?! Go check it out now and get booking that dream trip around the North and South Islands. Don’t mind us, we’re gonna sit here and daydream…

8 places in New Zealand you can have all to yourself

Looking to do a gap year in New Zealand, but want to find some hidden spots on your tour to amp up your Insta? Kiwi photographer lola.photography has scoped the place out and provided her top 8 spots to escape the crowds and have a piece of New Zealand all to yourself.

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5 tips for the ultimate safari experience

Keeping your arms and legs inside the truck, not waving a fat steak around and staying inside your vehicle are perhaps the most obvious tips for surviving a safari. But as for how to get the ultimate safari experience, where better to hear about it than straight from the horse’s stripy cousin’s mouth!

Okay, so this isn’t actually a blog written by Marty the talking Zebra, but by Jad, Emi, Ellis and Emma – the lucky adventurers who are currently on the road after winning a free Round the World trip with BlueTicket – STA Travel’s exclusive student and under 31 airfares.

We know, jealousy is a terrible thing…

 

  1. Don’t forget your woollies

 

This is a life saver, trust us! Now, we know what you’re thinking, isn’t Africa meant to be hot? Well it is, during the day. But when the sun starts to set, temperatures can plummet and believe us, you don’t want to be in an open top jeep with only shorts and a t-shirt. Brrr.

 

Pack some jumpers, gloves, and even a beanie. And for the ultimate geography teacher chic, get a pair of those trousers that zip off into shorts – you might feel like the geek of the pack, but you’ll be the snug (and smug) one when your safari buddies are all left shivering.

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  1. Get a pro guide

 

Speaking of open top jeeps, we had the pleasure of being booked onto a guided 4WD safari and we LOVED it. Some parks will allow you to hire a car and try to spot the animals solo, which is all well and good, until you either run into a bull elephant in the middle of the road or get lost at dusk and can’t find the exit.

 

Prices vary for tours depending on what country you’re in, the reserve you’re visiting and even the time of day – but it is well worth it. The guides and their knowledge are incredible. They know the park and the movements of the wildlife inside and out, and you’ll learn so much about each animal and their habitat. See that in the distance? Your guide will have spotted a pride of lions lying in the shade and instructed the driver to head over there, while you’re still convinced you’re looking at a bunch of rocks!

 

We also did an evening safari and can’t recommend enough getting out on as many game drives as you can – you see such different wildlife and behaviours at different times in the day.

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  1. Pack some glass

Whether you’re a pro photographer with an insane telephoto lens or just on safari to capture memories, you’ll need some sort of glass. That is, either a camera with a good zoom or a decent pair of binoculars. You’ll be kicking yourself if you forget this one. Sometimes you can be super lucky and see animals literally metres away from your truck, other times, they’re hundreds of metres away across the waterhole. If you want to see inside that lion’s mouth when it yawns, you’re gonna want some sort of zoom!

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  1. Respect nature

This is a big one. If you go on safari with the hope of seeing some amazing animals, just remember one thing, you’re there for the animals, they aren’t there for you. You’re visiting them in their home, and in the wild.

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Don’t be that guy (or girl) that screams as you see a giraffe walk into sight and scare it off. Not only is it distressing for the wildlife, but guaranteed, you’ll quickly become the most unpopular person in the jeep. But more importantly, you want to see natural behaviours, so try to keep the noise down (internal screaming totally allowed) and respect appropriate viewing distances. You’ll also want to know what signs to look out for if you’re not welcome around an animal – this is when a guide definitely comes in handy!

 

  1. Take your safari home

Don’t let your amazing African safari end when you get out the jeep or when you leave the reserve. Tell your friends and family everything you learned and share your pictures and stories.

 

The sad reality is that many of the animals you may see on safari are close to extinction. There are an estimated 21,000 Southern white rhinos left in the world. And as for the Northern white rhino… two left, and they’re both female, so go figure that one out.

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The more you learn about these species and the threats they face, the more of an impact you can have.

 

Follow our Round the World adventure by searching #STATravelBlueTicket; we’ll be posting regular takeovers on Instagram, as well as uploading videos to YouTube so make sure you check it out!

Top tips on surviving a long-haul flight

After a journey Down Under for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Team England athletes shared their top travel tips with us to beat jet lag and make a 14+ hour flight comfortable (or as comfy as it can be…).

H2-oh yeah!

As the fourth fastest English swimmer of all time, we weren’t surprised when David Cumberlidge’s advice was: “Water! You’ve got to stay hydrated so make sure you drink as much as you can before, during and after a long flight to help keep you feeling fresh.” Just maybe take an aisle seat to avoid evil glares from Bob as you pop to and from the loo…

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Tick, tock, body clock

There’s nothing worse than finally reaching your holiday destination and wanting to crash straight away. Wheelchair triathlete Jade Jones-Hall suggests getting a head start on the jetlag by adjusting to the new time zone early: “Do what you can to adjust your body clock before and during the flight, that way it’s less of a shock when you get there and you don’t spend your first few days collapsed in bed!”.

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Move those tiger feet!

One of the more unusual tips we’ve heard, but parasport swimmer Tom Hamer has a couple of hand-luggage musts he swears by. Tom says: “It’s important to stay active and keep moving whilst you’re on a long flight so I always pack a hockey ball and foam roller, so I can stretch on the plane.” Each to their own!

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Shut the world out

Planes aren’t your first thought for a good night’s sleep, but swimmer James Wilby is onto something with his top tip: “Noise-cancelling headphones have been a game changer for me! I sleep so much better when I wear them.” Either get the tunes on or just block out the background noise as your journey literally… flies by…

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Pack Comfy

Swimmer Jessica Fullalove had her own thoughts on packing and in-flight outfits: “I always try to pack a lot of nice-smelling things; you really appreciate it after a long flight. Make sure you dress comfy as well – you’re there to relax!”

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So there you have it, rules to live by for your next long-haul flight and beyond! Congrats to all of the Team England athletes who competed at the Commonwealth Games, bring on the next lot in Birmingham!

 

Feeling up for a long-haul flight Down Under? Check out our flights to Australia here! 

48-hour fling with Amsterdam

Just an hour and a bit away by plane (or even the train), this is one short-distance love affair waiting to happen. Here’s 7 reasons why the Netherlands capital will have you saying Amsterdaaaaaaaamn.

1. Cyclist heaven

Love being on two wheels? Amsterdam is a cycling utopia, just be careful as bike lanes are also shared with motorbikes… If you’re not keen on hopping on the saddle, walking around this picturesque city couldn’t be easier.

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2. Food, glorious food

You’d be hard pressed to find a bad place to eat in Amsterdam to be honest. If you’re feeling lazy, don’t worry about researching the best restaurants for each meal, take a walk on the wild side and just… walk on in! If you are looking for some shout outs, we highly recommend Bakers and Roasters and the Foodhallen.

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3. Cheaper Saturday nights

Or Monday nights, or Tuesday nights, we won’t judge whatever day you choose to hit the town, but when you do go out, make sure you order yourself a Heineken for the ultimate payback in change. Enjoy that beer hangover!

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4. Cat ladies rejoice!

If you’re a fan of the feline, then you NEED to visit the illustrious cat boat. Yep, you heard us right. There is a boat, full of cats. A local charity sat on the water decided to open its doors to the homeless cats of Amsterdam and now their doors are open to the public too! Get ready for furry cuddles and purring galore.

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5. Art and history

Rouse your inner nerd with a tour around the Van Gogh museum, Moco Museum or take a step back in time at Anne Frank’s house. Whatever your preference, you’re sure to find an attraction for you.

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6. Pack your walking boots

Amsterdam doesn’t just have cheap Heineken, it has plenty of free sights you should get on your checklist. Whether it’s escaping the city’s hustle and bustle in the scenic Vondelpark, exploring the Red-Light district, getting your picture taken at the I Amsterdam sign or checking out the floating flower market, make time to just wander the streets – they’re pretty photogenic after all.

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7. Weird and wonderful is totally normally

Want to go sit in the world’s smallest movie cinema (just one seat, sorry mates)? Hit up Amsterdam’s CINEMA41! Or maybe you want to spend an afternoon giggling with your mates (so immature) at animatronic dolls in risqué poses? Hello, Sex Museum! Or for those cat lovers (got you covered again) wanting to spend the day looking at cat art? KattenKabinet is the one for you…

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Whatever your reason for visiting, you can be sure that a trip to Amsterdam will be like no other! So get this yummy European destination on your list, you won’t regret it!

Tips for getting a Japan Working Holiday Visa

Packing your life up and heading for ventures new can be a pretty daunting task. But fear not, consider us your cool, in-the-know older sib helping you make a smooth transition into Japanese working life.

From a week to a month’s arrival accommodation in Tokyo, help getting set up with the basics (health insurance and all that jazz) and being on hand for a whole year of support and advice; rest assured, we’ve got you with our Work Japan package!

So whether you want to get paid to sip coffee and chat in Tokyo or ride the slopes in Hokkaido, here are our top tips for getting visa ready and one step closer to working in Japan.

Starting your application for a Japan Working Holiday Visa

1. Make sure you fit the bill

Don’t get your hopes up as you dream of katsu curry and sashimi rolls. Before you even start the application process, make sure you’re eligible to apply. If you’re between 18 and 30, have never had a Japanese Working Holiday Visa before and you have a valid UK or Irish passport, get ready to pack your chopsticks!

2. Papers, papers, papers

Get ready to form fill like you’ve never filled forms before.

First up is the Working Holiday Visa application form. This has all the usual suspect questions; details about you, your work experience etc.

Top tip: Make sure you have some accommodation lined up at least for your arrival as you’ll need to state where you’re staying.

You’ll also be asked to outline your intended activities for first six months.

Top tip: Travel plans change so don’t worry too much if your plans aren’t set in stone. Be careful to mention you do not have organised work before entering, so suggest that you intend to look for work within a certain area.

Next is an A4 sheet on why you want to work and live in Japan. They basically want to see your passion for Japanese culture and way of life.

Top tip: Your answer could be that you’re snap happy and you’re itching to document your trip to Japan from geishas to epic landscapes atop Mount Fuji. Make it personal and relative to Japan.

3. Time to book, baby

Now it’s time to spend that dough. You’ll need to show your flight details and bank statements. If you have £2,500 cleared funds in your account from your last 3 bank statements, you WON’T need to purchase return flights. If you just have the minimum £1,500 in your account, you must have proof of an onward flight outta there.

4. Everybody wants to be a (Copy)cat

Make sure you keep a photocopy of every document you’ve sent over, so you know where you’re at. Once they’re all together, it’s time to hit the Embassy in London, Edinburgh or Dublin and get your documents sent off to be approved!


Feeling ready to start your application? Find out what else we can help you with for the first year of your Work Japan adventure and read our cheat sheet to Japan!

 

While you’re waiting for your visa to be approved, add these awesome places below onto your Japan bucket list or check out these 5 top spots outside of Tokyo!

Sing, baby, sing: Japan goes wild for karaoke, check out the twenty-storey karaoke hotel in Tokyo where you can sing you heart out dressed like a panda. Because, why not?

Give your Insta a boost: Japan is full of beautiful temples and epic scenery (especially in cherry blossom season!). One top pick is Fushimi Inari-taisha, the famous Shinto shrine gates – just be prepared for lots of other tourists!

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Feline fun: Head to one of Japan’s many cat cafés where you can enjoy your matcha tea in the company of (lots of) cats. Sounds purr-fect to us!

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Drum roll… win a trip to Queensland!

Long sandy beaches, top surfing spots and over 300 days of sunshine, the Gold Coast is surely any beach worshipper’s dream destination. In April 2018, this sun-lit haven will be taken over by 12 days of action packed sport and culture to celebrate the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.  This month we’re giving away two chances to win a trip to Queensland where you’ll need to get your game face on so read on to find out how you could win a trip to Australia!

The Commonwealth Games kicks off with the opening ceremony on the 4th of April so whether you’re a budding gymnast, cyclist or table tennis player, there’s a sport waiting there for you. And with tickets starting at just $20, what are you waiting for?!

These athletes are knuckling down for a huge sporting challenge, so why not join in and conquer that challenge you sheepishly added to 2018’s bucket list (jumping out of a plane…what were you thinking)? We’re sending 4 lucky winners to Queensland to do an Aussie experience of their choice, so read on to see what’s on offer…

Which of these four experiences to challenge yourself in Queensland sounds most up your street?

  1. An adrenaline junkie adventure, for sure…You love nothing more than high octane activities that gets your blood pumping and your number one bucket list entry is throwing yourself out of a plane or off a bridge because, that’s totally normal, right? Take to the skies and get ready for a leap of faith above the golden beaches of Queensland.gold coast tandem skydive
  2. An eco-warrior mission of epic proportions…You cried at Blue Planet II, ok we all cried at Blue Planet II, but David Attenborough is your hero (he’s ours too, what are we saying?). You know the importance of the environment and you love nothing more than giving back and doing what you can to protect it.

    queensland great barrier reef scuba dive

  3. A gym bunny challenge, let’s pump some iron…You love getting physical, whether that’s hiking, biking or white-water rafting and in Queensland you’re going to be able to do all of that! So, strap on your walking boots and grab your sweat bands, things are going to get sweat-y!
  4. An intrepid exploration of unknown plains…Move over Indiana Jones, there’s a new chief in town! Don’t forget your fedora as you jet off down under for off the beaten track exploring in rainforests, beaches or even the open road –Queensland is one big place!queensland fraser island jeep 4x4

If one of these four challenges tickles your fancy, head here to enter.

If you don’t fancy throwing yourself off a bridge or getting down and dirty in the Australian bush but still fancy a free trip Down Under, then come along to our store relay on the 2nd of March to win a trip to you guessed it, Queensland! Hey, we’re even throwing in an exclusive behind the scenes experience with Team England! Sign up for that here