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New Zealand: North or South Island?

Today’s blog comes from STA’s James Greenslade who has left his Aussie homeland for a few months to taste British life. So far it tastes of Marmite. 

Let’s face it, not everyone heading to New Zealand will have the option to spend a month or two quietly idling the days away in Hobbit country; some will be more strapped for time. Though it is possible to cover both the South and North islands in a couple of weeks, if you’re not one for moving every day, sitting on enumerable buses for hours at a time and generally getting yourself into a bit of a tizz, you might find that choosing one or the other is your best bet.

But the problem is, which one? Never fear intrepid, time short traveller, here we pick out some well-known and less famous highlights from the two main Islands that make up New Zealand to help with your decision making. Don’t say we never do anything for you.

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Five Reasons You Should Visit the Perhentian Islands

Today’s blog comes from STA’s James Greenslade who has left his Aussie homeland for a few months to taste the British summer. Warning James – it often tastes of rain.

You know that incredible dreamlike location from The Beach? Well the Perhentian Islands are Malaysia’s very own version, without the Lord of the Flies vibe. With a landscape you don’t usually see outside Instagram, it’s a perfect chance to escape the city smog, #nofilter needed.

Ready to embrace the tropical island lifestyle without the being stranded part? Read on for five reasons why you should add the Perhentian Islands to that ever growing must do list.


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South Africa’s Garden Route: Know Before You Go

Today’s blog comes from STA Travel’s very own Trish Black who works in our Arizona office and recently spent time on South Africa’s Garden Route.

So you’ve read the guidebooks, Google image searched your heart away and have decided that this South African Garden Route thing sounds pretty good. Now what? Fortunately for you, lucky traveller, we’ve been there, and have a few tips and revelations for you before you go….

Garden Route landscape

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5 Essential Tactics For Dorm Room Survival

Today’s blog comes from Amy Baker, a travel writer currently holed up in London writing her first book. You’re most likely to find her dreaming of a return to Colombia or staring out of her window plotting which neighbourhood cat to “borrow”.

Ideally we would all travel the world sleeping upon mattresses woven from ethically harvested liger fur in 8 star hotels that are lovingly cleaned from top to bottom every day, but sadly that just isn’t realistic.

When temperatures are through the roof, no-one has the cash to splash on air-con and there are 18 of you crammed into one room straight from a 24-hour bus ride, tensions will arise. Follow these tips to ensure you don’t end up with 17 new enemies and zero sleep…


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Emirates Insider – Milan

Today’s blog comes from Tom Fenton, a Travel Expert from our Victoria Store, who in October 2014 was picked to be one of 4 Emirates Insiders and sent to explore Milan…with a little help from you.

I’d worked in our central London store for a year and a half when I was chosen to travel as an Emirates Insider to Milan. Despite travelling all over the world I’d never been to Northern Italy so when I got the call there was no way I was saying no. Plus I’m very photogenic (stop giggling).

We all know that if someone’s actually been to a destination and can recommend something then it can really help you get under the skin of the city and we tapped into our Facebook community to get their thoughts on Milan’s top sites. I loved reading the comments before jetting off to plan my adventure…


 

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