As anyone who’s ever been to New Zealand’s South Island will tell you, you’ll struggle to find a more naturally beautiful part of the world.
Lakes so blue you’d think they’d been photoshopped, if you hadn’t seen them with your own eyes, mighty glaciers, thousands of year’s old, rolling green hills, snow capped mountains and rugged beaches where you can spot whales and dolphins playing between the waves.
If you like a bit of breathtaking beauty thrown in with your travel experiences then this could be your little slice of heaven. And the good thing is, there’s a lot more to this pocket of the world too – here’s out favourite ways to really absorb the very best from your time.
Watch the whales in the ocean off Kaikoura.
So near, and yet, so far, exploring Greece can feel like you’ve travelled half way across the world on your three hour flight. In the news for all the wrong reasons recently, there’s a lot more to Greece than package holidays to party islands.
Scratch the surface and you’ll find incredible ruins, tiny mountain villages, fascinating wildlife and, yes, a party or seven. Hold on to your togas, here’s our Grecian High Five…
Athens has lots to discover...
As you are probably aware of by now, we’ve opened our very own set of STA Travel Clinics. Little hubs of travel health information where you can talk to trained medical professionals about anything related to your health when preparing to go travelling.
Over the past few months, trained nurse Michelle Sellors has been a regular contributor to the STA Travel Blog in our ‘from the travel clinic’ series where she’s talked about everything from Malaria to Diarrhoea, and she’s back! This week Michelle is going to be sharing some advice for snorkelling and diving, giving you tips on what to look out for in the water to avoid any painful mishaps with these critters of the sea.
Beware of Jellyfish!
What do you think about when you think of Vietnam? Whatever it may be, chances are it’s probably not adventure activities.
But, as one of the world’s most picturesque landscapes, there are few better places to enjoy the atmosphere and surroundings while getting your blood pumping in a wide selection of adventures.
So, we’ve decided to count down just a few of our favourite activities in Vietnam to show that, as a country, great food, beautiful ancient temples and traditional rice paddies is not all it has to offer, there’s so much more…
Practice your paddleboardingskills in Mui Ne.
Earlier this year, we launched one of our biggest competitions ever. Together with Tourism Australia, we gave away six of the best jobs in world in one of our favourite places in the world, Australia.
The applications came in droves from all over the globe, and one of the lucky winners was the UK’s very own Rich Keam. Rich left Brighton in August for the sunny shores of Perth, WA, where he’s working as a Taste Master, sampling Western Australia’s finest cuisine for a living. Here, he tells us why he’s loving life Down Under, and why he reckons everyone should head there to work while they can. Take it away, Rich!
After seeing the Best Jobs in the World competition advertised online I decided to enter, because basically, why wouldn’t you? I travelled around Australia on a year’s working holiday visa about 15 years ago, and although it seems kind of like a dream now, I still get a pang in my stomach and a sense of jealousy when I hear someone down the pub saying they’re going to Australia. I still get a real sense of excitement when I hear people talking about their travels here.
Rich explores the Bungle Bungle range in WA's Purnululu National Park