Last week we bought you the story of Elisa, the Best Jobs in the World winner from France who is currently living the dream as a Park Ranger in Queensland. This week, it’s all about Allan Dixon, he’s been grafting in the Northern Territory for 6 months having bagged the job of Outback Adventurer. Allan’s stepped up to tell us of his favourite moments so far and why he hopes his experience can help turn your head towards a working holiday in the Northern Territory…
We all have that one country we’ve always dreamt of visiting. Well, mine was Australia and I’m sure some of you have the same dream as me. When the Best Jobs in the World competition opened, my mum told me to enter. I’ve always been spontaneous and optimistic, so I entered, and within two months I’d won the Outback Adventurer position. Quit my job in Ireland and moved to Australia without hesitation, though it was quite a change, just up rooting your life to another country.
Having been here for six months now, it’s been an experience of a lifetime. It has reminded me to get out there and see the world while I still can, to get out of your comfort zone and book a one way plane ticket.
Allan is currently living the dream in the Outback in Australia's Northern Territory. Image credit: Allan Dixon.
Remember Australia’s Best Jobs in the World competition from last year? Of course you do, everyone does. 6 amazing job opportunities in 6 beautiful and diverse corners of Australia. Brit Rich Keam won the job as Taste Master in Western Aus, we’ve already bought you his story. Today, we catch up with 29 year old Elisa Detrez from France who bagged the job as Park Ranger in Queensland. Lucky her. (Understatement of the year).
Prior to winning one of the Best Jobs in the World, I was living in Paris and working as an online marketer for Club Mediterranee. Then, one day in March 2013, I decided to try and change my life and applied for the Best Jobs in the World competition. After securing one of the Best Jobs in June 2013, I started my incredible journey as a Park Ranger in August 2013 in Queensland.
Jungle Surfing. Image by Maxime Coquard.
When you hear the word’s bus and pass, you’ll probably conjure unglamorous memories and images related to school, work, rain, and a lot of waiting. Well, scrap that, because here at STA Travel, our bus passes are a whirlwind of hop-on hop-off, fun, flexibility, people, sun, culture and convenience. Yep, bus passes just got cool.
Not only is your transport sorted, you’ll have a guaranteed good night’s sleep at our best hotels and hostels, and there’s a tonne of action packed day trips to choose from. So what are the top 8 bus passes that will make your life easier while travelling?
Working in a summer camp is as American as apple pie, and it’s easy for you to get a slice of the action. We check in with Lizzie Spearing, who tells us all about her summer camp adventure…
Personally, working at an American summer camp was one of the best things I ever did. Your co-workers will be your family, your campers will become your children and your camp will become your home. You’ll become more confident than you ever imagined and once bitten by the travel bug, you’ll be forever infected with the need to see and do more. If you’ve seen the Parent Trap and want to look after lots of mini Lindsay Lohans’ (pre-rehab days) then read all about my summer camp experience and sign up for yourself…
Get your very own Summer Camp salute, like BUNACer Lizzie, who stands second on the left
This November, a group of our lucky Travel Experts headed off on a trip to New South Wales, Australia. Laura McLeay, from STA Travel Edinburgh, shares her experience of the groups experience learning to surf at Byron Bay.
Australia, Australia, Australia – it’s one in a million. After touching down at Sydney airport it strangely doesn’t feel like the 21 hours on a plane that it take to get here from the UK. Australia has so much to offer and I’ve been selling trips here for years, so I knew we were all in for an amazing time over the next couple of weeks. My own personal highlight, was a trip from Sydney to Byron Bay at to a place called Spot X with the wonderful guys at Mojo Surf. Hopping on a Greyhound bus at 7am from Sydney, we hit Spot X at 3pm, having napped and nattered on the bus the drive went past quickly. However like all long bus journeys (and there are a fair few of them to be had in Australia) it makes things a lot easier to deal with when you know that, after getting off the bus, you’re going to be presented with a view straight from Robinson Crusoe…
Getting ready to start surfing!