We know because we go: Our Top Tips – Aussie style

Australia is the sixth LARGEST country on the planet. Like a delicious All-You-Can-Eat buffet, it’s hard to know where to start. You don’t want to fill up on salad, you need to save room for the best bits. So, with that in mind, we thought we’d get sentimental with a few wanderlusters here at STA, to find out their favourite memories Down Under and give you some hot tips to help you get stuck in!

Luke (Social team)

The best thing I did in Aus was buying a camper-van (a 1983 Nissan beast named ‘Roy’) with three good mates. We were on the road for two months (probably the best 2 months of my life!) travelling through every state. We had no itinerary, no set plan and no time restraints… just a map and a boot full of goon (for whoever wasn’t driving, of course!) Yes, there were sketchy moments e.g. close encounters with kangaroos, spiders, snakes and echidnas; But the laughs, sights, stories and memories I have from those two months will live with me forever.

TIP: I would 100{8105bc8a7da0e4ee2985a05e217cd0e1bef95b551bf8bafd62a449e444182173} recommend buying or renting a campervan and going as far as you can. It’s the freedom to drive where you want, when you want that makes it the ultimate adventure. Buying can mean you can then sell your camper before you leave, and recouping a lot of dollar! But admittedly, renting is a lot simpler and more hassle free.

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Fiji Cheat Sheet

So, you want to know a little more about Fiji? We don’t blame you, just look at it! You’re probably imagining palm-lined beaches, coral reefs with clear lagoons and over 300 islands? Well, you’re bang on. I was lucky enough to explore several islands and yes, it is 100% as amazing as it looks. But here’s a deeper dive into what to expect from this South Pacific paradise.

BULA, it’s island time!

One of the most amazing things about Fiji is without a doubt the people. You’ll be warmly welcomed wherever you are with a beaming smile and a bubbly cheer of “Bula!” (If you didn’t guess, this is ‘hello’ in Fijian). If you’re a fan of colourful Hawaiian style shirts, get ready to be in heaven. ‘Rush’ may not be a word in the Fijian dictionary, but ‘go with the flow’ certainly is -chillaxing is what the Fijians do best, so you may as well join in!

Nadi and more

Nadi may not be the picture postcard paradise of Fiji you’re used to seeing, but it’s a good place to base yourself for a night and hit up an ATM before heading off to the islands. You have over 300 to choose from, so speak to backpackers, locals, staff etc. to get recommendations. If you have an idea of what you want, they’ll be an island to suit you – whether it’s diving, partying or relaxing. All requirements are catered for in beautiful Fiji fashion and you can easily sort out boat trips across to the islands.

Best route on a budget/time shortage

If you’re not in Fiji for long, two or three islands will do nicely. A popular route for those who only have five days or so is the Beachcomber to Mantaray Island route. Beachcomber is the tropical party island (best on weekends), where you can dance the night away in a beach bar like no other. There’s no fancy shoe policy on the door – mainly because the floor is the beach! Mantaray is amazing for diving, so book a Scuba Dive course or take your snorkel for some amazing underwater sights.

Kava (Definitely not Cava!)

Kava is the national drink of Fiji, known for its ‘relaxation effect’ (try it and you’ll understand). The drink itself is made from the crushed root of the native Kava plant, mixed with water.
You’ll hopefully experience an ‘initiation ceremony’, where you’ll be invited to sit cross-legged in a circle in front of the chief. The drink is passed around in half a coconut and once you’ve had a sip, you’re officially part of the Kava crew! It may look like puddle water, but it’s always good to embrace the local, er, culture?

Top tips

1. Two words. Duty free. Why, you ask? Islands don’t tend to have shops.
2. They have no cash points. So, get that dollar out in Nadi.
3. Embrace the island paradise and enjoy!

Everyone needs a bit of island time in their lives every now and then. It’s a slice of paradise you’ll never forget and certainly won’t regret. Tempted to find out more? Check it out, here

Hopes vs Reality of a long haul flight

To see and explore new places far far away from home is one of the biggest and most exciting adventures life has to offer. You can’t wait to witness new sights, embrace the culture differences and leave all your worries MILES behind you. But to earn this pleasure, you must first defeat the LONG haul flight. You may psych yourself up with dreams of sleep, good films and delicious plane food… but there’s hope, and then there’s reality!

Hope… you’ll get a decent sleep

It’s a looooong flight and although you are tempted to set a film marathon World Record you know deep down that the sensible idea is to pace yourself. Plus, to avoid the dreaded jet lag you plan to get a solid few hours in to prepare your body for the new adventure ahead.
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Croatia Cheat Sheet

Croatia is kind of like a mysterious superhero. You may not know that much about it, but you’ve heard a few magical stories and would love a glimpse for yourself!
The truth is, it’s one of Europe’s hidden treasures and has A LOT to offer. Amazing natural beauty, interesting architecture, bags of interesting history, Roman ruins and unspoiled national parks. Interested? We’ll give you a few other useful tips.

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The REAL benefits of travelling

Why travel? Your sofa is comfy and you can see everything via YouTube, right?
Yes, BUT we want ADVENTURE and EXPERIENCE… and other magical benefits, such as…

Friends for life

Trust us, no matter how weird you may think you are, you will 100{8105bc8a7da0e4ee2985a05e217cd0e1bef95b551bf8bafd62a449e444182173} find people on your travels that you just click with. It’s a great feeling when you realise that you have so much in common with a person from a distant land! Those amazing travel memories you share will connect you for life!

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What can I buy with £49?

£49. That’s a decent amount of money. You can get around 6 take-aways or 10 bottles of wine OR a Round the World trip with us! Yes, it’s only £49 to secure flights to your dream destination AND you can pay off the rest later! Still not convinced? How else would you spend this money?

49 Sweets

With £49 you can get 49 packs of sweets, lollies or chocolates. YUM. But you’ll be feeling very sick afterwards. Feel less sick and more excited by securing your dream trip.

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What we can all learn from Home Alone 1 & 2

Some say Home Alone 1 and 2 are the BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES, EVER! (We’ll ignore 3 & 4, obviously!) It’s a festive comedy masterpiece, but what else can we learn from it? The answer is, surprisingly a lot…

Getting lost in a new country is a massive ADVENTURE

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It may be a little scary at times, but being out of your comfort zone makes the most amazing stories AND memories that will last a life time.

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What we can all learn from Home Alone 1 & 2

Some say Home Alone 1 and 2 are the BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES, EVER! (We’ll ignore 3 & 4, obviously!) It’s a festive comedy masterpiece, but what else can we learn from it? The answer is, surprisingly a lot…

Getting lost in a new country is a massive ADVENTURE

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It may be a little scary at times, but being out of your comfort zone makes the most amazing stories AND memories that will last a life time.

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The BEST Christmas presents for travellers

Christmas presents are hard to buy at the best of times, but what do you get someone that has to cram their life into a backpack?!
Well… Here’s a few suggestions. We ho ho hope they are useful!

Travel Journal/Diary

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Great memories are made when travelling, but a lot can be forgotten (mainly due to alcohol!)
A trusty diary will ensure all the crazy experiences, wild adventures and funny stories are not lost.
Although it may seem cheesy to write one, it honestly is amazing to look back and reminisce!

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Hilarious travelling alter egos that YOU actually use!

The beauty of travelling is that you can be who you want to be…
And evidently, you guys don’t mind telling a few porkies to people who you have just met and will (hopefully) never see again!

Here are some of your funniest alter egos that YOU sent in! Keep up the good work, creating great memories and ridiculous stories!

One small step for man…
one giant LIE from Jim…

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