Is there any country with a more diverse wilderness than the USA? Sure, Kenya has national parks teaming with wildlife, and Australia boasts the Outback, and New Zealand has some insanely stunning countryside – but the USA has all this, and then some.
That well-spouted statistic that only 30% of Americans have a passport may shock us Europeans, but actually, when you think of the ample opportunities for exploring that their own country, it’s not that surprising.
From soaring mountains and lush greenery to vast deserts and icy expanses, this region has enough going on to give even the most well-travelled explorer a serious case of itchy feet.
A geyser erupts in the USA's Yellowstone National Park
Today’s blog comes from STA’s James Greenslade, who has left his Aussie homeland for a few months to explore the UK and be underwhelmed by the view from The Shard.
Europe needs no introduction. If it does, you’ve been living under a rock bigger than Uluru. But the best way to travel around Europe? I’m so glad you asked….
If you’ve learned everything you know about this brilliant city from watching 50 Shades of Grey and re-runs of Frasier, prepare for a shock. Neither was filmed in Seattle. I know. Our illusions were shattered too.
On the plus side, there’s an awful lot more to Seattle than Christian Grey, fine coffee and snooty restaurants. Read on for 9 things to do in the The City of Goodwill.
The spooky streets under Seattle: courtesy of Rennett Stowe on Flickr
Australia’s very own wild (north) west, the vast Northern Territory is timeless and iconic. From the red rivers of rock at Uluru to the nature lover’s haven at Kakadu National Park, there is a seemingly endless parade of wonders to discover here. We pick out 10 highlights that’ll make you want to strap on your cork hat and head into the action.
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.