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What is a RTW ticket?

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and head out into the big wide world? Good decision. But do you just have the vague notion of travelling ‘around the world’ in your head and are not actually sure how it all works? Sure, I hear you. Well lucky for you, you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to tell you everything you need to know about RTW tickets. Just read on my friend it will all make sense…

What does RTW mean?

RTW stands for Round the World. RTW tickets allow you to travel to more than one destination. So round the world could be London to Dubai, Dubai to Sydney, Sydney to Auckland, Auckland to London and you can do all of those destinations on just one ticket! How cool is that?
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The best music festivals are found in the USA…

The USA is MASSIVE. Seriously massive. It’s a country full of diversity, which is reflected in their music scene. They’ve got a variety of incredible festivals just waiting to be attended. Whether you’re a bit of a celebrity-spotting fashionista, into your hard-core punk or like to keep things pretty chilled, the USA is guaranteed to satisfy your musical penchant, whatever it is! Not only that, the freshest new talent and undiscovered gems are often found at festivals, especially in the States – that’s the best bit about them. So hop across the pond, put your dancing shoes on and keep your ears out for the next big thing in music!

Let’s get stuck into some of the AWESOME festivals the USA has to offer…

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Hello Australia!

Meet Pippa. Former STA Travel Customer Service Manager, European travel addict, and the manager of our new Working Holiday Heroes in Australia. (Essentially, the nice people in our Backpacker by STA Travel stores who help you find your feet, hug you if you’re homesick, and help explain what-the-hell-a-tax-file-number is). Having just migrated permanently Down Under from the UK, we figured who better to talk us through the whole Australia working holiday thing.

The whole visa thing. Is it as complicated as it sounds and when should people be applying?

Unlike the scramble for Canadian work visas each year, Australian working holiday visas aren’t limited to a certain number, so you can apply at any point. But really, the sooner the better to avoid a last-minute meltdown! From the date you get your visa accepted (and remember, you have to be outside of Australia at this point, so you can’t go into Oz on a tourist visa and then change your mind), you have 12 months to enter the country.

The process can be as quick as one week, but can take up to a few months if you need to provide more information to the embassy. The guys at STA Travel in the UK can help you get everything set up.

What’s the oldest you can be to get a working holiday visa?

Currently, it’s 18 to 30 years old. As in, you have to get your visa accepted before your 31st birthday. However, there has been talk about the Australian government changing this to 35 years old, so watch this space…

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Gap year ideas: what to do on a gap year

You fancy yourself as a bit of a traveller. You’re looking for flexibility, freedom and fun on your gap year adventure. Structure and rigid plans just aren’t your vibe. Sound like you? Well if you’re wondering exactly how to fill your gap year with lifelong memories and experiences then look no further! Consider us your gap year advisor (much like a career advisor but without the dark office and resting b*tch face). Here’s our top 4 picks.

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A Christmas away from home

I’m Jemma, one of STA Travel’s Digital Execs, email machine and serious Bali beach bum…
It’s quickly approaching the two-year mark now since I spent my first Christmas away from home. Away from the humming of Christmas songs, wrapping of trees in tinsel, yummy nut roasts and endless amounts of chocolate (I really mean drinking). But fear not all the Christmas fans out there, t’was a happy story, this Christmas away from home. And here is what made it oh so very special… 

Turning back time to December 21st 2015, I was stepping off a rickety wooden boat on the sublime island of Gili Meno. Accompanied by four of my best friends, an oversized backpack and an arm full of cotton plaited wristbands. Although our spirits were high (I mean whose wouldn’t be, with a secluded beach to ourselves, the view of Mt Rinjani in the background and £1 beers all day) but still something felt weird. We were four days from Christmas and I was dying to smell some cinnamon gingerbread men, hear the carols chime through the streets or just wear a knitted jumper. Instead, I was slapping on factor 50, taking an outdoor shower and searching for turtles on the reef. (I know you’re thinking. What. Are. You. Complaining. About).

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