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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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New Zealand Campervan Dos and Don’ts

Today’s blog comes from our resident road tripper Hannah “Jeffers” Jeffery who isn’t actually that keen on Dire Straits. Honestly. 

If you have a secret thing for trailer trash, questionable driving skills (more sheep than people = empty roads) and musical tastes that shouldn’t be inflicted on coach loads of other travellers, then you’re the perfect candidate for a campervan trip! Kidding, it’s quite clearly all about the epic driving routes, mind-blowing landscapes and wilderness campgrounds and only a tiny bit about the Dire Straits playlist and roadside pie shops. However, before you scream “roadtrip” and bundle your motley crew of travel buddies into a van, there are a few things you need to know about campervanning in NZ.

With the help of our lovely friends at Mighty, Britz and Maui – the purveyors and experts of all things campervan –  we’ve come up with some not altogether unhelpful dos and don’ts.

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Active Breaks in New Zealand: Summer VS Winter

Itching to race down dunes, take on a glacier hike or slice through snow some-place far, far away? From the tip of Cape Reinga down to the wildlife-rich Stewart Island, New Zealand’s got you covered – and so do we.

All you’ve got to do is pick your season of choice and hold on to your helmet!

Cathedral Cove

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Quick Start Guide to the Thai Islands

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 can currently be found staring at still light sky at 9:30pm, shaking his head and muttering about witchcraft.

Thailand’s many islands are a staple on the backpacker, flashpacker, gap year, sabbatical, long break, beach holiday, and any other circuit you can think of. And there’s a reason – they’re bloody brilliant.

But the sheer number of versions of paradise to choose from, and hassle of wading through millions of blog posts, articles, reddit threads and Instagram pictures, can leave you in an agony of indecision about which to choose. No more. Check out our quick start guide to the Thai Islands for those who want less time researching, more time sunbathing.

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4 Incredible USA Wilderness Destinations

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

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