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What’s it like to work as a shark scientist in South Australia? We’ll tell you…

Earlier this year, we sent 8 lucky winners to complete exciting internships in South Australia. Today’s blog comes from Rory Mulloy, an Assistant Shark Scientist based in Port Lincoln, having secured a full time role on completion of his placement.

Twenty-five metres down on the ocean floor, cold water creeping into the gaps in my hood and chilling my neck, while cautiously watching rays, groupers and great white sharks glide around the cage, I had the sudden realisation that I was in my new ‘office’. I have never wanted a desk job, but this is about as far from my previous office as I could have hoped for.

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5 top sights in Japan…once you’ve done Tokyo!

West meets east in this fascinating country filled with diverse landscapes, massive cities, incredible traditions and thousands of years of culture waiting to be discovered.

We’re assuming the epic metropolis of Tokyo is on your list (why wouldn’t it be?!), but there’s much more to Japan than its capital. Here’s our pick of 5 other awesome highlights Japan has to offer.

Our Favourite Five Experiences in Japan

Kyoto

Kyoto is not only a buzzing city (1.5 million people and growing) it’s also the cultural centre of Japan and a brilliant place to get to grips with the fascinating imperial history of the islands. Kyoto actually means ‘capital city’ and it served as one for over a thousand years leaving it chock full of shrines, temples, gardens, palaces and the ancient Geisha district.

If you happen to be in Kyoto in mid July you’ll have a chance to witness the Gion Matsuri parade – a large procession of traditional floats – some of which can weigh up to 12 tonnes – that makes their way through the centre of the city.

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6 ‘Spooktacular’ Halloween Events from Around the World

Finally it’s arrived….Halloween! As party preparations and costume planning begins, across the globe plans for scary festivities are well under-way.

So whether your thing is dressing up as Dracula, wearing a costume that resembles something out of the 70′s version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (hey – that movie is creepy as) or kicking back with a scary movie, let us bring you some golden nuggets of spooky inspiration with a guide to some of the best Halloween events taking place worldwide.

Pumpkin

Feature image courtesy of torbakhopper on Flickr

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What job can I get with an Australian Working Holiday Visa?

When it comes to working holidays in Australia one of the most common questions we’re asked here at STA Travel is: “What kind of job can I get?” And (because life is like that) it’s also one of the most difficult to answer!

To lift the lid on this poser we’ve asked 5 STA Travel bods to fill us in on their lives Down Under to show off the good, the bad and the downright wacky jobs available in Oz…as well as some tips on how to get them. Buckle up, this ride ain’t always a smooth one!

whitsundays

Well it beets Bognor

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Work America – Memories of Hawaii

Today’s blog comes from Jules Sanderson who worked in Hawaii for a summer with Work America

If someone had told me a few years ago I would spend a summer living and working on a Hawaiian Island I would never have believed them. But this year that’s exactly what I did! After finding my job as a receptionist on the island of Oahu (with a lot of emails and a Skype interview) I booked my tickets to The Aloha State.

On the plane over I remember mumbling the place names to myself, trying to work out how to pronounce them and worrying I’d never get them right. Three months later they flew off my tongue like I was Kama’āina (a local)!

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Surfs up

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