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THE NOR’EASTER

Today’s blog comes from David Broadley, a Travel Expert in our Sheffield store who was not content with regaling us with his tales of Australia and Costa Rica has now moved on to Iceland, Canada and the USA. Yeah we kinda hate him too.

To the rest of the world a Nor’Easter is a big old storm, with winds from (you guessed it) the North East. Here at STA Travel, it’s a flight route that spans 3 incredible countries – Iceland, Canada and the USA – and will (get ready for the pun) blow you away!

Blue Lagoon Iceland

Blue Lagoon Iceland

The route is based on flying from London to Iceland, on to Toronto, then making your own way south before flying back from New York or another on the East Cost of the USA. You’re able to stop off for up to 7 days in Iceland on your way across the pond, at no extra cost to your airfare. Whilst Iceland may be small, with a total population close to 330,000 – roughly the population of Sunderland (thanks Wikipedia), it is packed full of inescapably beautiful landscapes, ridiculously charming people, and a penis museum. I’m not kidding.

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What job can I get with an Australian Working Holiday Visa?

When it comes to working holidays in Australia one of the most common questions we’re asked here at STA Travel is: “What kind of job can I get?” And (because life is like that) it’s also one of the most difficult to answer!

To lift the lid on this poser we’ve asked 5 STA Travel bods to fill us in on their lives Down Under to show off the good, the bad and the downright wacky jobs available in Oz…as well as some tips on how to get them. Buckle up, this ride ain’t always a smooth one!

whitsundays

Well it beets Bognor

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One Week, Four Volunteering Projects, Thailand style!

Today’s blog comes from Emma Moreton,  from STA Travel’s head office in London

In August, I was lucky enough (along with 5 other STAers) to be given the chance to try 4 different volunteering projects in one week in the Phang Nga Provence of Southern Thailand.

While we often get brilliant reports and postcards from volunteers in the field, experiencing these projects first hand is a great way to get a feel for the real issues face by these communities and how the charities, and volunteers, can help.

Lesson preparation

Planning lessons

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Asian Adventure: Vietnam on a Shoestring

Today’s blog comes from Laura Jenkins, a Travel Expert in our London Goodge Street store.

Now I’m an STA Travel Expert and I spend my days advising people on their adventure plans, but last year I was another travel lover in desperate need of a quick getaway. I grabbed an STA Travel brochure and flicked through the pages. I knew I wanted Southeast Asia. I knew I only had two weeks to play with. I knew my funds had seen better days. What I needed was the perfect culture-time-budget combo…and suddenly it jumped out at me, Vietnam on a Shoestring. The small group trip seemed like the best way to see the most of Vietnam in a short time on a pretty small budget, and meet some great travel buddies as I was flying solo. I was not wrong…

Lanterns
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12 things you have to see in Beijing

Today’s blog comes from Mary Bulgin, one of our fab student ambassadors at Cardiff University.

Beijing is a must visit city where the charm of traditional Chinese culture meets the exciting rush of city life. As the political hub of China, Beijing is the perfect place to soak up the country’s rich history whilst immersing yourself in the changing society of modern China. Whilst many tourists restrict their stay in the bustling city to just a few days, I recently spent an action packed ten days there. So (for the more intrepid travellers) I’ll let you in on some of the less well known spots, just off the tourist beaten track, to help you experience more of this vibrant city.

Great Wall
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