Note from the Editor: Since we published this blog post, Oz Experience have changed their direction. They no longer feature Driver Guides on their buses, but they still retain what they’re really famous for: providing an awesome way to travel Australia’s East Coast with incredible experiences along the way. Speak to your Travel Expert in store, or on the phone, for full details about how this might affect the Oz Experience product from now (March 2013) onwards.
There are a few things in life regarded as a ‘right of passage’ and an epic few months discovering all the fun to be had during a trip to Aus is definitely one of them.
Cruise around Australia is the ultimate gap trip experience – drinking, dancing, trying out exciting things you’ve never done before, meeting new people and maybe even finding the love of your life (or a holiday romance at least) as you go.
We’ve pinned down an Oz Experience driver guide Jimmy and got him to explain why he loves driving travellers around Australia and why he thinks you should get a piece of the action.
Grab your sunnies and your sense of adventure and delve head first into a taste of the crazy life of an Oz Experience driver guide…
Sydney, Australia has long been on the traveller radar. In fact I’d go so far as to say it’s legendary. Some people swing by for a few whirlwind days, some swing by for a few days and stay forever.
There’s something for everyone, beautiful beaches, a wealth of culture in the form of theatre, music and art, crazy good shopping to suit all budgets and a host of cute critters waiting to say g’day.
Of course, going to Sydney and leaving out the ‘must see’s’ like the Opera House, Bondi Beach, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Zoo is unthinkable. But how can you fill your time later, once you’ve been there, done that, and you feel like you want to get under the skin of this dynamic city and experience it in a way like only a local really can?
Look no further, below are 6 pieces of insider knowledge to help you explore the very best of your home away from home.
A traditional sight on ravellers photos from Sydney. But what can you do that’s a little bit different? Image by albertofarzas
Just a mere mention of Hawaii and images of paradise islands, crystal clear waters and soft, sandy beaches pop into my head. And, it turns out, that while my imagination has got it pretty spot on, Hawaii is a pretty multifaceted kind of place. There’s lush green sides, mountainous sides, desert-filled sides and sides that are packed with history to boot.
I asked some of my fellow STA staffers who’d been to this magical group of islands what they thought. With responses like “It totally surpassed expectations – I wanted to go back straight away” and “I would move there in a shot, and open a peanut farm!”, I got the feeling that Hawaii just might be close to the paradise it is in my head.
So, I’m giving Hawaii a sturdy High Five, and counting down five incredible experiences to have while you’re there.
High (Hawaii) Five-O
The Travel Gauntlet returns for another week! Haven’t visited before? Well, come in, pull up a chair, hell – have a cup of tea if you want. But don’t get too comfy – what you’re about to witness will have you on the edge of your seat.
Each week, we ask one of our wonderful members of staff and one of you lot to step into the Travel Gauntlet. We throw in five questions designed to test their travel knowledge, passion and expertise, and leave them to fend for themselves in a midst of travel hysteria.
Before we meet these week’s Gauntleters, do you fancy getting involved yourself? Oh, go on! Just drop us an email and we’ll send you five questions to answer of your very own.
So, step forward this week’s brave contenders…
Running The Gauntlet this week, it’s…
Travel lover Maxeen Crowley from London! Here she is on her most recent trip at the Colosseum in Rome.
Maxeen at the Colosseum in Italy's capital - and not a gladiator in sight, puh!
Last week we welcomed our new travel photographers, this week we’re inviting you to sample the fruits of their labour.
Our hardworking team have been on the road for a fair few days now hot footing it around Europe and Asia in search of some awesome images for our 2012/2013 brochures and are keen to share their experiences.
So we’ve tasked Ness, Louis and Dan to send us their favourite photo from the pile they have been snapping this week and include a few sentences to tell us why this image in particular stands out to them.
Our photographers - Ness, Louis and Dan