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7 Things to Do in Hong Kong

Today’s blog comes from STA Travel’s Amy McGuire who grew up in Hong Kong before leaving for the “sunny” North East of England. She can most commonly be found running around London parks through rain and sleet, and dreaming of snowboarding anywhere with snow.

Hong Kong is a crossroads. A metropolitan melting pot where east meets west, island-life meets the mainland and tradition meets modernity. Look hard enough and within the high-rise buildings you’ll find little gems of architecture including Chinese temples, colonial residences and even the odd zoo. Oh and the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator, but more on that in a minute.

Then there’s Kowloon, an urban sprawl that seeps out into the New Territories before connecting to Mainland China. There are also over 200 outlying Islands that can only be accessed by boat. Despite all of its diversity many people rush through Hong Kong, Spending no more than a couple of days in the city before travelling onwards. Here are our top seven things to do in the city that’s more than a city.

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Top Festivals in Sydney and New South Wales!

We all know that there are more things to do on a regular day in Sydney and New South Wales than you can shake a didgeridoo at (and if you don’t know that already, get on it!), but the state is also home to some fabulous festivals.

Read on for 5 ways to pass the time when stunning beaches, unique eco-systems, brilliant breaks and the friendliest people on earth just aren’t enough for you.

Vivid 2014 – Image Credit Andrew Smith

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Why You Should Take a Trans-Mongolian Adventure

Let’s get one thing straight from the start, you’ve got to at least be able to tolerate trains. Preferably, you’ll have a kind of quiet delight for the idea of being gently rocked to sleep while travelling at (slow) speed through the Mongolian steppe. At the thought of having up to 5 days in front of you with nothing to do but read, watch half the world go by out of the window, walk to the dining car, walk back, and repeat.

But, aside from the time on the train, you should also be ready to experience travelling in a whole new way. To take the slow route and have a better trip because of it. Here are just a few reasons we think you should hop on board the Trans-Mongolian railway.

Just one of the routes available for the Trans-Mongolian

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Shakedown: Perth

Unlike its eastern cousins, Perth is a big city in Aus which you may not know a whole lot about. Commonly referred to as the “most isolated major city in the world” (actually Honolulu but a tiny island in the middle of the pacific is kinda cheating we reckon), Perth’s remoteness has actually resulted in a fantastically diverse, culturally rich city with a youthful, adventurous vibe.

We think it’s criminal that Perth has been left off backpacker itineraries for this long, and so we cry, “no more!” Read on for some great reasons to visit Perth before the hordes catch on.


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How to talk like a New Zealander

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 claims that, even though he’s Australian, he’s learnt a lot of Kiwi slang “by osmosis”. Take it with a pinch of salt.

Considered by many as one of the coolest accents in the world, members of the kiwi-nation don’t just sound like a dream, they also have some classic slang.

But there’s no point visiting the land of the Kiwis if you can’t understand a word that’s being said! Read on for our simple guide on how to speak like a New Zealander.

 Take yourself on a Tiki Tour around NZ slang

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