Earlier this year, we launched one of our biggest competitions ever. Together with Tourism Australia, we gave away six of the best jobs in world in one of our favourite places in the world, Australia.
The applications came in droves from all over the globe, and one of the lucky winners was the UK’s very own Rich Keam. Rich left Brighton in August for the sunny shores of Perth, WA, where he’s working as a Taste Master, sampling Western Australia’s finest cuisine for a living. Here, he tells us why he’s loving life Down Under, and why he reckons everyone should head there to work while they can. Take it away, Rich!
After seeing the Best Jobs in the World competition advertised online I decided to enter, because basically, why wouldn’t you? I travelled around Australia on a year’s working holiday visa about 15 years ago, and although it seems kind of like a dream now, I still get a pang in my stomach and a sense of jealousy when I hear someone down the pub saying they’re going to Australia. I still get a real sense of excitement when I hear people talking about their travels here.
Rich explores the Bungle Bungle range in WA's Purnululu National Park
A necessary evil to fly for the best price, stopovers are often best forgotten. Unless you enjoy sleeping on the cold, hard floor of an airport waiting lounge of course. But why not treat it as an opportunity? With a little know-how, the humble stopover can become the start of something amazing.
Stopping over on the way to Australia offers a world of opportunities – from beautiful tropical islands, to buzzing cities, to jungle treks, there’s something for everyone. So break out of the airport and experience life beyond the runway – it’s easier and cheaper than you think.
Awesome detours en route to Oz
Relax in Dubai
Nowhere does it quite like Dubai. Flying into the place is an experience in itself – futuristic high rises pierce the cobalt blue sky over a buzzing metropolis, and of course, there’s that huge palm tree-shaped development (Atlantis The Palm) sprawling out into the ocean.
That huge palm tree-shaped development aka Atlantis The Palm in Dubai
Let’s get rid of the Monday blues with some top-notch advice; it’s Ask the Experts time! This week’s question is from Alex in Brighton, who wants to know where to go for his next ‘off the beaten track’ adventure…
Hi Experts, I’ve just come back from an amazing trip to Myanmar and already thinking about my next adventure…I like places that are a little ‘off the beaten track’ and not too ‘touristy’. Can you suggest anywhere you think I should consider going next?
Great question, Alex! This is something that gets asked a lot in store, so I’m sure they’ll be loads of you out there who are eager to see what our Experts have to say. Lucy from STA Travel Leeds is stepping up to offer some pearls of wisdom…
Can you guess where it is yet?
We’re big fans of campervans and the campervanning experience here at STA Travel. They so perfectly represent exactly what we’re about; flexible travel, finding your own way, getting an authentic and fulfilling travel experience, travelling with – and making new – friends.
There’s no freer and more satisfying feeling than packing your world belongings into a campervan and taking off on the long open road, with nothing but some good tunes, good mates and the winding road for company – stopping off where you want, when you want.
Australia and New Zealand are the best places in the world to travel in a campervan, with amazing and diverse scenery, and unlimited adventures to be discovered, this is time will probably prove to be some of the best in your life.
Ancient and bustling medinas, mysterious and lush mountains, desolate Saharan dunes, streets lined with snake charmers and story tellers, the constant aroma of spices tantalising your senses…
It all sounds so exotic, so inviting, so warm, and so appealing. Do you know what else it sounds like? It sounds a lot like Morocco. Yep, this North African land is getting a lot of love lately, and there’s quite a few reasons why. Do you fancy Rocking the Kasbah?