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5 Myths About Going on a Tour

What do you think of when you picture a tour? A massive group of people with matching hats following a big umbrella around. Well you couldn’t be more wrong! Our tours are all about immersing yourself in a destination, getting off the beaten track and just having a fantastic time. Lots of “backpacker snobs” will have their own opinions on how they think you should travel a country. But sometimes, particularly if it’s your first trip away, you need the support of a tour. If you’re feeling a bit unsure about doing one, hopefully by busting these 5 myths, you’ll feel a lot more confident in the fact that a tour will change your trip for the BETTER …

1. It’s so much better to “wing it”

Chilling in the Philippines
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Shave to Raise

Today’s blog comes from the lovely Jemma in our STA Travel Cares team, she works hard everyday to make sure your trips run as smoothly as can be. She’s here to tell us about the fantastic work our STA staff have been doing to raise money for Teenage Cancer…
Shave to Raise
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Changes to the Australian Working Holiday Visa

Change! *shivers* The Aussie powers that be have sat down and looked at the Working Holiday Visa (WHV) and decided to switch it up…

We’re not going to lie to you, it’s not 100% pretty… BUT there is also some great news for those of you thinking of working Down Under. Here are the changes explained…

The below will affect all WHV holders (417 & 462) starting from January 1st 2017.

Bondi Beach

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12 reasons NOT to go to Canada

Thinking about travelling to Canada? Stop right there. Thank God we caught you just in time! You’re one of the lucky ones. Before you make any hasty decisions, you should really consider these 12 well thought-out reasons NOT to go. But if crowd-surfing, partying at festivals, eating some of the best food, drinking at cool bars, paragliding over spectacular views and soaking up sunshine are your thing then sure, go for it!

Prepare yourself Canada isn’t great…

1. Canada is always cold. Always.

Parlee Beach Provincial Park

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Step outside the Loop: the low down of Chicago’s neighbourhoods

It’s only natural that a trip to Chicago will have you make like Bueller, and take a day off to explore the heart of downtown. From jazz clubs to art institutes, there is something truly captivating about the Loop. However, the windy City is much more than skyscrapers, deep dish pizza and Grant Park. If you are after something beyond-the-norm, then hop on the El train and hit up some off our favourite spot off the beaten track.

1. For foodies and beer lovers: Lincoln Square

Only half-hour ride from downtown Chicago; Lincoln Square is one trendy place. An Old world heritage meets modern charm, with smatterings of its old German roots, the neighbourhood is an eclectic enclave that’s boasts an array of restaurants, bars and boutiques. For a mean pilsner head to Huettenbar and then straight onto Gene’s Sausage Shop. Finish your evening at the Old Town School of Folk Music for some live entertainment.

Image: Timeout Chicago

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