Today’s blog is from STA Travel’s Anthony Savery; a former professional football coach who hung up his boots and decided to take a trip around the world. Having spent a year going from Cape Town to Buenos Aires and many a destination in between, he returned to London to become STA Travel’s Tailor Made Africa Specialist.
Before departing London, I watched the Lion King movie to get me in the mood for my time in Africa. Ordinarily I would rather gouge my eyes out with a pair of rusty scissors than listen to Elton John, but you just cant help singing along with the film’s catchy tunes. After the credits rolled I was ready to go searching for Simba.
Today’s blog comes from STA Travel’s Sarah Hickey who can be found either curing her wanderlust in various parts of the world, or wishing she was back in the backpacker bubble.
I went to Fiji on a wing and a prayer! I booked it a couple of days before and all I was expecting were desert islands, excellent snorkeling and blue skies. Even though I was right about all of these things, if I’d have known what else was on offer I would have been more prepared, and I may have had a more exciting experience. Here’s what I wish I’d known before I left.
When my fiancé and I were planning our pretty epic honeymoon back in 2013, it’s safe to say we didn’t have a clue what we were doing. We had 2.5 months and we knew we wanted to go to Australia and New Zealand. But that was it. So we decided to speak with one of STA’s Travel Experts (hi, Adam at London Victoria!).
Turned out for the price of a return to Auckland via Melbourne, we could get a Round the World ticket and head home via LA. Score. Then came the suggestion that made our honeymoon: “Air New Zealand do a twice weekly flight from Auckland to Rarotonga and on to LA – you guys could spend a week in the Cook Islands”.
Unlike its eastern cousins, Perth is a big city in Aus which you may not know a whole lot about. Commonly referred to as the “most isolated major city in the world” (actually Honolulu but a tiny island in the middle of the pacific is kinda cheating we reckon), Perth’s remoteness has actually resulted in a fantastically diverse, culturally rich city with a youthful, adventurous vibe.
We think it’s criminal that Perth has been left off backpacker itineraries for this long, and so we cry, “no more!” Read on for some great reasons to visit Perth before the hordes catch on.
This year, as part of our groundbreaking Reel Philippines series, we sent Adelaide film-maker Ben Dowie off to The Philippines to hop around some of the 7000 islands and bring back stories of early morning misty haze, back-lit by soft sun rays through lush palms on white beaches. It’s a tough life isn’t it?
Watch Ben’s director’s commentary below, read about his amazing experiences, and discover why you should probably hop over there yourself (spoiler alert – because it’s beautiful).
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