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5 MASSIVE reasons to head to Sydney for Christmas & New Year’s

Did you blink? Unfortunately in that time you may have missed the mysterious phenomena known as the ‘British Summer!’ Yes, we are grateful for the few glorious days we received here and there… but we’re still not convinced we got our monies worth on the giant paddling pool we purchased from Argos on that hungover Sunday!
SO, basically… we demand more sun. Avoid the dark British winter for a sun-fueled trip that also includes the BEST Christmas and New Year’s EVER! There’s only one place that will didgeridoo the trick… Sydney, Australia! See why below…

1. New Years Eve fireworks

Sydney’s fireworks are world famous for a reason… because they are quite simply BREATH-TACULAR-ZING! (We admit, that is not an actual word, but it’s hard to describe how breath-taking, spectacular and amazing they really are!)
Last year, $7 million was spent on the dazzling display and Sydney welcomed 1.5million spectators to the amazing Harbour city.
New Year’s admittedly brings out our soppy side… and with the added effect of watching the best fireworks in the world whizzing over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, it’s pretty hard not to well up and send a cheesy ‘I wish you were here, love you so much’ text to all your friends and family back home! For those that can’t pace themselves and handle the goon, luckily there is a 9pm display, which is a tasty starter before the ginormous main meal! It really is an experience that you’ll never forget.

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A New Zealand Love Story

It’s time for a little love story to brighten up your day and this one’s a goodie. Scottish Laura had been dating Andrew online from Melbourne for a while and she wanted to meet up on neutral ground for them both. As soon as she saw a chance to win flights with STA Travel to New Zealand back in 2015, she didn’t hesitate for ONE SECOND to enter and as fate would have it, she won!

So here’s her story on how she met and fell in love with lovely Aussie Andrew…

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Journey to the Outback: Wrap Up

It’s time to wrap up Henry and Alex’s journey to the outback. We sent this talented duo into the “real” Australia, to discover what we love most about the Northern Territory. They came face to face with salt water crocs, uncovered the Devil’s Marbles and gawped at the spectacular Uluru plus so much more! You can check out their full adventure on our Tumblr page.

Here’s a little rundown of the awesome time they had in Australia’s Northern Territory…

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park is abundant with wildlife, including buffalo, 250 species of birds and obviously saltwater crocodiles. The boys made eyes with a few salties in Mary River.
Mary River Wetland
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Weekends in New Zealand: Taupo

No way! You’ve only gone and got yourself a working holiday visa for New Zealand! Nice job. Speaking of jobs are you feeling a little panicked at the fact you’ll be working in this sensational country 9-5pm? Scared that you won’t be able to explore all of its nooks and crannies, all of the best bits? Well that my dear friend, is where your weekends come in! TGIF and all that.
Just picture yourself spending your weekend plunging into Lake Taupo, spotting glow-worms in underground caves and soaking off in hot springs… yeah that could be you!

1.Go sky diving… well it is New Zealand!

Skydive Taupo
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Rotorua | Play More Everyday

From hot pools to the Haka, Rotorua is a bubbling mix of mud pools, explosive geysers, white- water rafting and Māori culture. Go discover what Rotorua is all about and live the Kiwi dream.