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Japan Cheat Sheet

Konichiwa and welcome to Japan! So you’ve decided to head to the land of contrasts where old meets new and east meets west. Where anime and modern technology sit side by side with Geisha and Samurais – good decision! But not sure what you should pack? Confused about when to visit and what to budget? We thought so! That’s why we’ve put together this handy cheat sheet for a rundown on all things Japanese. Listen up…

Number 1 tip: Learn a little bit of basic Japanese, it will come in handy and locals will appreciate it. Even if it’s just the phrase: 私日本語は話せません。(watashi-nihongo-wa-hanasemasen) ‘I can’t speak Japanese’. Bit of a mouthful but EXTREMELY useful.

Seasons and packing


What’s STA Travel all about?

STA Travel = Start The Adventure. We’re all about seeing the world and getting under the skin of another country. We understand traveller’s needs as we have travelled ourselves for over 35 years. We’re your mate in the know. Whether you’re a student or not, under 25 years or older, experienced backpacker or beginner, we want to help you travel as far as you can! But how do we do that?

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Bali Cheat Sheet

Strapped for cash but want to be in paradise? Head to Bali and your problem will be solved. Home to beautiful temples, incredible beaches, picture perfect rice paddies and exotic wildlife, its peaceful and natural atmosphere is ideal for a getaway. It’s also a super budget-friendly place to go so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank. It’s surprising to discover just how affordable a destination it is. To help you get the most out of your time here, we’ve put together this handy cheat sheet with packing and budgeting tips!

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Packing Tips

Make sure you pack…

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7 Reasons NOT to go to Bali

What do you think of when you picture Bali? Mesmerising sunsets, unique culture, awesome nightlife and delicious food? You’re not wrong. But all of these things can have a serious effect on your well-being. EXTREMELY serious. When in Bali you’re likely to experience feelings of sadness for plain white rice, embarrassment for other sunsets, high levels of relaxation and a strong desire to become a mermaid. Don’t put yourself through that.

Here are 7 reasons NOT to go to Bali…

1. Sunsets will never be the same again

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Yuck! That sunset it just too much. The Gili Islands are a stone’s throw from Bali, with white sandy palm-lined beaches surrounded by crystal clear waters, ideal for snorkelling have some of the most OVER THE TOP sunsets. Seriously, how selfish of those Bali sunsets making all others look embarrassing and inferior.

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It Started With A Gig: Travelling The World With Mumford & Sons

My first memory of Mumford & Sons was hearing their first ever play on BBC Radio 1 back in 2009. From that first chord in ‘Little Lion Man’ I was in musical love. Since then I’ve been travelling the world with the band which isn’t as stalkerish as it sounds, I promise.


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