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High Five… South Pacific

This week, we’re giving a High Five to the South Pacific region, in particular the nucleus of many round the world trips: Fiji.

On one hand, it’s one of the world’s most romantic island nations. On the other, it’s a thrill-seeker’s paradise, with a colourful pallet of unbridled adventure.

From the rush of white-water rafting to the more relaxed pace of bamboo rafts; meanwhile the islands’ rainforests offer fantastic hiking and mountain biking; while offshore, immerse yourself in the realm of the mesmerising manta ray.

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Local’s Tips for Visiting Melbourne [Video]

Melbourne is one of the world’s most vibrant cities. I had the pleasure of living there for six months during a recent Working Holiday in Australia, so it doesn’t take long for me to succumb to the temptation to talk about life in and around the city.

This time, however, I threw it open to you.

A few weeks ago, I asked the STA Travel Facebook community to submit questions to three of STA Travel’s resident Melbournians: Gretel, Natalie, and Hien, about life in their home-town.

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Five Alternative New Year’s Events

If you haven’t already achieved 89.5% of your 2011 New Year’s resolution, then today’s the day, because that’s exactly how far through the year we are. “Where’s the year gone?” I hear you say, for the tenth year in a row. “We haven’t even had summer!” You joke. We laugh. You cringe.

So, with little more than a month remaining until your big plans for celebrating New Year’s Eve fall apart at the mercy of a dozen text messages from unreliable friends*, it’s time to start making plans for the big night.

*Just me then?

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High Five… New Zealand!

It should come as no surprise that New Zealand is one of the world’s most exciting and diverse destinations. One moment you’re watching a world champion sheep sheerer unrobe a dishevelled sheep, the next, you’re hurling yourself off a bridge with a length of elastic tied to your ankles by a man you just met.

Whether the two are connected or not, I’ll leave you to decide.

While you mull that over, I’ll hit NZ with a High Five! Our weekly round up of five of the most inspirational things you can do in one place.
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Ask the Experts: Escaping the City

This week, our Ask the Experts panel have knocked noggins to answer a question from Natalie in Loughborough about her upcoming trip to Australia.

If you would like to follow suit, and pose a question to the panellists, email social [at] statravel [dot] co [dot] uk, and you might see your name up in lights over the coming weeks.

Also, if you have an opinion on today’s question, then lay it down in the comments below this post, and share your ideas with fellow travel fans.

Here’s this week’s question:

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