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24 Hours in Surfers Paradise

Today’s blog comes from STA Travel’s very own Trish Black who works in our Arizona office and recently spent time on Australia’s East Coast.

I love a good beach day. No matter the destination I am travelling to, my first thought is usually “Is there a beach involved?”. When I found out I was headed to Australia on a tour along the Gold Coast, I couldn’t have been more excited.

It was early September when the weather in the US is typically cooling off, but in sunny Australia it was just starting to warm up. The tour began in Sydney and travelled up the coast through Byron Bay, then on to Surfers Paradise. Our bus landed in SP at night, so I didn’t see much of the coastline until morning…

sand art

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Five things not to miss in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a modern metropolis surrounded by culturally diverse suburbs slap bang in the middle of a jungle. The overgrown, half-finished building works on the outskirts look like the remains of a hidden lost world and just a short train ride away you’ll discover ancient caves guarded by giant golden statues.

It’s not all rainforests and ruins though, Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC for short) is as modern as central London (and much cleaner) with towering skyscrapers, underground malls and some great hidden gems. Read on for our top five things to do in this epic city.

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Living the Aussie dream: Working as an Experience Guide on Kangaroo Island

Earlier this year, we sent 8 lucky winners to complete dream internships in South Australia. Today’s blog comes from one of those winners, Bethany, who worked as an Experience Guide at Southern Ocean Lodge, a multi award winning luxury resort on Kangaroo Island. Since finishing her placement, Bethany has taken on a permanent role at the lodge.

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6 unconventional winter breaks

Winter is here and the familiar exodus to the beaches of Corfu begins (and nothing wrong with that – Corfu is beautiful). But if you fancy going a little further afield this year we’ve rounded up six of our top most unconventional winter holiday hotspots.

Rajasthan

A glimpse of Rajasthan's local landmarks

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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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