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Quick Start Guide to the Thai Islands

Today’s blog comes from STA Travel’s James Greenslade, who has left his Oz homeland for a few months to explore the UK. He can currently be found staring at still light sky at 9:30pm, shaking his head and muttering about witchcraft.

Thailand’s many islands are a staple on the backpacker, flashpacker, gap year, sabbatical, long break, beach holiday, and any other circuit you can think of. And there’s a reason – they’re bloody brilliant.

But the sheer number of versions of paradise to choose from, and hassle of wading through millions of blog posts, articles, reddit threads and Instagram pictures, can leave you in an agony of indecision about which to choose. No more. Check out our quick start guide to the Thai Islands for those who want less time researching, more time sunbathing.

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7 amazing experiences on the The Legendary Pacific Coast

Did you know that the stretch of coast between Sydney and Brisbane had a name? And that the name was awesome? This magnificent part of the world is known as “The Legendary Pacific Coast” (told you), and it’s one pretty amazing road trip with stops including Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay and the Gold Coast.

But, before you start planning your journey, you’ve got to know where to stop for a breather and to have your breath taken away. Read on for 7 amazing experiences on the The Legendary Pacific Coast.

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Live life by Aussie Rules!

We’ve been travelling to and sending people over to Australia for over 35 years and, in that time, we’ve picked up a tip or two. We spoke to our Travel Experts in the UK and Oz, our friends on the ground Down Under and “Australia Insiders” (i.e. they love beaches) to collect our list of Aussie Rules.

We’re giving you the chance to win a pair of return flights to Sydney, and a bunch of other weird and wonderful Aussie prizes, in our #STAAussieRules competition. All you need to do is take a selfie based around one of our rules (having a barbie, wearing thongs, or drinking a stubby) and tweet us the picture with the tag #STAAussieRules.

Find out more here.

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5 reasons why travelling Southeast Asia in the ‘low season’ is amazing!

If you hear the phrase “wet season” and shiver, you’re not alone. Many people who’ve not experienced the region run (or fly) in the opposite direction at the thought of massive rainstorms eating away at their beach time.

But wet season also translates to ‘low season’, and savvy travellers know there are some major benefits to travelling anywhere off peak. As long as you’re aware, and take a few basic precautions, the pros of travelling this region during the low time of year can greatly outweigh the cons.

Bikes in Laos

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6 of the Best Food Truck Spots in the USA

If there’s one thing the USA does properly, it’s food. Whether you’re after a massive sloppy joe dripping in grease, clean living vegan delights or anything in between, there’s a place out there for you. Where you ask? Oh read on hungry travellers, read on.

Courtesy of Mr.TinDC on flickr

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