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Why Giving Everything Up to go Travelling is *STILL* the Best Decision I’ve Ever Made

Saxon Yuen gave up a job he loved to follow his dream. With one year and a lot of experience under his belt he’s back to let us know if we should all consider throwing our keyboards out of the window too…

About a year ago I quit, not only a promising career, but a job I loved. I waved goodbye to my friends and left my apartment, my city, my favourite Chinese takeaway – my whole life as I knew it – in order to travel and chase down a dream.

I wrote about it here and apparently it’s been a bit of a hit (thanks guys) so the masters of the blog have asked me for a little follow up. Am I still going? Is life still good? Did getting typhoid fever take the shine off the dream? Well if the title hasn’t already given it away completely read on and I’ll let you know…

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How to Travel the East Coast of Australia by Campervan

Last year we asked you to pick your favourite campervan route from a choice of 3 amazing Australian itineraries and 2 marvellous New Zealand routes. The winner was Charli’s East Coast extravaganza where she rocked the Cairns to Sydney.

Want to do it yourself? Read on for a run down of how it’s done.

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Top 10 Hot Destinations for 2015

2014 was an amazing year for adventure travel and we named many of the (then) up and coming destinations on this blog including Brazil, South Korea, Myanmar and more.

Now we’ve taken a look at the trends amongst travellers, chatted to our experts in store and compiled a list of what we think will be the top 10 hot destinations for 2015. At least they should be. They’re all awesome.

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Frigid Five: 5 places that do winter properly

The British winter is not internationally renowned for it’s ferocity, beauty or quite frankly anything other than being a bit wet and cold. Sure the north of Scotland gets some pretty epic snow fall and there are a couple of fields in the south west that when covered in frost and deer make the front pages of certain less news-centric papers, but in general the season is rather mediocre.  (Think we’ve qualified that enough…pretty worried about reprisals from the British Winter Society.)

We’ve searched the globe (figuratively, there’s no budget for a winter recky to look at snow) and found 5 places that do winter properly. A Frigid Five if you will. Or if you wont.

Bridge to nowhere
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An odd number of things you probably don’t need to know about Australia

Today’s blog comes from our resident cynic Hannah “Jeffers” Jeffery who actually loves Australia. Honest.

Ordinarily, you can’t stop us from writing lyrical about Australia’s abundant charms…awash with desert island discos, sunkissed sailing adventures and wild outback odysseys etc etc. But on this particularly apocalyptic and drizzly December day at STA Travel’s London HQ, we suddenly ran out of superlative steam. While we were sat staring into the pitch black abyss of another London afternoon (no there wasn’t a capital-wide power cut, this is what happens at 4pm in the midst of a dark British winter)* our Australian cousins (or whatever, the commonwealth lineage is fairly confused and frankly a bit messy) were probably splashing around in their swimmers enjoying the full throes of summer.

So in miserly wintry protest, we decided to not taunt ourselves further with blogs of perfect beaches and smoky barbies with sunbronzed Bruce and scantily-clad Sheila (delete accordingly to preference).Instead, we’re bringing you all the bizarre stuff that almost certainly, you won’t need.**


Yeah yeah your lives are perfect we get it go away

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