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Can a Travel Romance go the Distance?

Today’s blog comes from Liz who flew off on her first great adventure 10 years ago…

The 31st Jan 2005 was the day I got on the plane for my post-uni big trip. I’d booked to go to a conservation project in Belize and, when I was sent my STA ticket a few days before jetting off, I found I’d been seated next to some random guy. For 10 hours. I distinctly remember speaking to my mum about it and thinking “why on earth is this Christopher Peacock on my ticket?! I hope he’s nice, I’ve got to sit next to him”…

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Cave Cruising, River Crossings and Cheeky Monkeys – On the Road in Southern Laos

Today’s blog comes from Rick who recently returned from a trip to Laos with Stray Asia – a hop-on hop-off bus which is one of the only ways to travel through the remote region.

When most people think of Laos, they think of Luang Prabang, the old French colonial capital, Vientiane, the current capital, and Vang Vieng, the party capital. When my partner and I set out to travel Southeast Asia we wanted to venture into the south of Laos, to really experience a relatively untouched part of the world. We certainly got our wish…

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9 Romantic Experiences in Thailand

Today’s blog comes from Jay, our Tailor Made Asia Expert who’s travelled extensively in the region including time in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam as well as a stint living in Cambodia.

With the dreaded hotly anticipated Valentine’s day just around the corner, romance is on my mind (what can I say, I’m soft like that). Combine that with our friends at Bridge the World giving away a Tailor Made trip for 2 to Thailand with the winner (hopefully) announced on February 14th and there’s no wonder the title of this blog sprang to mind.

Massive disclaimer – the activities here would be great with or without a significant other. After all, who wants to share their lovingly prepared Tom Kha Gai with anyone, beloved or otherwise?

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8 Things I did on Australia’s Nature Coast

Today’s post comes from Alison Nicholls from our Key Accounts team who travelled to Australia in October and spent 9 glorious days on the Nature Coast.

I already know what you’re going to say: “What the hell is a nature coast anyway?” Well, honestly, I wasn’t sure myself until I headed down under and travelled for 9 days along the most beautiful stretch of shoreline in the world (bold claim but I stick by it).

Australia’s Nature Coast is comprised of the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast which include such awesomeness as Rainbow Beach, Fraser Island, Noosa, loads of vineyards, national parks and much much more! Read on for 8 highlights not to miss on your Australian adventure.


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24 Hours in Surfers Paradise

Today’s blog comes from STA Travel’s very own Trish Black who works in our Arizona office and recently spent time on Australia’s East Coast.

I love a good beach day. No matter the destination I am travelling to, my first thought is usually “Is there a beach involved?”. When I found out I was headed to Australia on a tour along the Gold Coast, I couldn’t have been more excited.

It was early September when the weather in the US is typically cooling off, but in sunny Australia it was just starting to warm up. The tour began in Sydney and travelled up the coast through Byron Bay, then on to Surfers Paradise. Our bus landed in SP at night, so I didn’t see much of the coastline until morning…

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