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The Australian Outback: why bother?

What comes to mind when you think of Australia? Catching some waves on endless golden beaches, cuddly Koalas, visiting Sydney Opera House?

With all this and more on the brilliant East Coast it can seem a massive trek to head inland to the Outback and Northern Territory to see sand, (admittedly big) rocks and (admittedly red) dust. That’s what I originally thought before I set off on my spontaneous adventure earlier this year.

Travelling all the way from the UK just to see one of the most remote places on earth may seem rather insane and trust me; I was well aware that I could have been catching a tan on a beach in an exotic location somewhere.

So why bother?

#NoFilter

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Meet your multi-stop: Sunny Days & Hipster Ways

Here at STA Travel we do multi-stop flights better than anyone else with exclusive flexible tickets, innovative routes, the freedom to travel overland and prices you can’t find anywhere else (hence the “exclusive” part).

As part of our series on incredible multi-stops we’re exploring a brilliant route from our mates at Qantas which packs in 5 continents (sorry Africa – next one’s all yours!) and a whole host of over-landing opportunities: it’s time to meet your multi-stop.

Sunny days
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6 Travel mistakes the Inbetweeners made in Oz, and how to avoid them!

We admit there are some obvious mistakes from the epic Inbetweeners 2 movie that we’ve missed out – after all everyone hates spoilers. For the benefit of those who’ve seen it let’s just say they included fire-side singing, sunburn and EVERYTHING that happened at the water park. Everything.

But believe it or not there are lessons from the lads that all travellers to Oz and beyond can learn from, whether we plan on being total idiots or not…

 Really. Everything.

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23 reasons you should go Island hopping in Fiji

Now, we don’t think you’re really going to need a lot of convincing on this. Whether it’s the breathtaking Mamanuccas or the seeming endless swathe of the Yasawas (they’ve got some great names out there) Fiji is quite simply paradise on earth.

With all this to explore and no boat of your own (we’re assuming – we may be wrong) a trip to this area can seem quite daunting. But where as in Oz, Nz and Latin America you can jump on a hop-on hop-off bus, Fiji has it’s own version with the hop-on hop-off Yasawa flyer. Jump on, sit back and explore your new favourite part of the world.

Fiji beach

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Your Time is Now – 12 budgeting tips for big trips

As part of our series on Gap Years, sabbaticals, big trips and everything in between, today’s blog comes from online marketing exec and spreadsheet geek Sarah Verrall

 
Back in 2011, my boyfriend and I made the now-not-so-crazy decision to take a career break and travel the world for 8 long, glorious months. We had worked hard to save up but we didn’t quite manage to save as much as we would’ve liked, so travelling on a tight budget was something we had to get good at pretty quick.

When I arrived back in London in summer 2012, I had done the unthinkable; I had come back with nearly £1000.

“How on Earth did you manage that?” I hear you ask.

Okay, I’m a massive geek. I admit it. We kept an expenses spreadsheet when we were travelling, tracking every penny we spent. Now, I totally understand keeping a spreadsheet is not everyone’s cup of tea and some of you may think I’m a total nut job (although anyone who loves to channel their inner geek or is interested in how much we spent in each country can download my spreadsheet here). For those that shudder at the thought of it, there are plenty of other great ways you can keep your spending habits in check whilst travelling. Here are my top tips for travelling on a budget:

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