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A South African Safari in Kruger National Park!

When you’re looking right ahead at a pride of 12 lions resting after a kill, it’s easy to forget there’s no television screen separating you.. This weeks blog comes from Gwen Jones a lucky STA employee who got to head to South Africa on a once in a lifetime Safari.

Kruger National Park

Zebra Kruger National Park
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7 Day Myanmar Adventure

Last month eight of STA Travel’s luckiest employees jetted off to explore Myanmar on a weeklong Stray bus tour *sigh*. Here is Pete, one of our finest Travel Expert’s first-hand account of his epic trip – in fact it is so epic that we have split it into two parts. Here goes..

With an awkwardly placed smile to the Visa control lady, she politely asked me to look into her camera. What seemed like a precariously placed 2002 webcam, I stared into the lens with a somewhat un-nerved excited feeling in my stomach. She hands me back my Burma stamped passport and gave me the go ahead. I was in.

Day 1: Mandalay

Mandalay
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8 places in New Zealand you can have all to yourself

Today’s blog comes from lola.photography, she’s a New Zealand photographer travelling the world one beautiful photograph at a time.

Escape the crowds and have a piece of New Zealand all to yourself. Here’s my pick of 8 places in New Zealand just waiting for you to visit…

Muriwai Beach


If you and your mates happen to rent a couple of 4WD’s, you can literally have a stretch of beach as far as the eye can see all to yourselves. There are several 4WD tracks through Woodhill Forest that run along the West Coast of Auckland. A sweet 30 – 45 minute drive from Auckland’s North Shore will see you dune surfing and skinny dipping in the golden sunset without a soul in sight. Then snuggle up under the night sky and watch for satellites and shooting stars (plenty of them!)
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Feature Friday #StartTheAdventure 06th May

TGIF! The weekend is knocking at the door and we’ve got the perfect #starttheadventure photos’s to get you in the mood for one giant weekend of exploring/dreaming of that getaway.

Check out our top 10 Instagram shots from this week’s adventurers.

@trentattrass – Queenstown, NZ


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#Feature Friday Mr Ollie Ali

Written by Tor White, Global Creative Director

We are doing #FeatureFriday a little differently today. We are going to show case one of our favourite photographers we have been working with lately…

We are totally committed to showing you guys a world that is real: full of real people and places and experiences… with all the crinkles and cracks as well as the beauty! This is why we have our own STA Travel creative studio and champion authentic photography, video, writing and music, all crafted by a collection of incredible young travellers, our STA teams and talented creatives we get to meet.

Last month I asked our friend and incredible photographer Ollie Ali if he’d be up for travelling around the world on one of our BlueTicket’s to capture photographs for the covers of our 2016 global brochures. Strangely enough he said hell yes!

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