The decision to pack up your entire life and move to the other side of the world is a big one.
Yes, it’s exciting. Yes, you’re going to have the time of your life. And yes, this is going to be an experience that, not only will you remember forever, but you never know, could actually end up changing the course of your life from here on out.
Pretty dramatic I know, but true. So, as you can imagine, there’s plenty to think about and lots to arrange. Luckily for you, here at STA Travel, we’ve been sending eager young people off on working holidays to Australia for years – and we are pretty blooming good at making sure they have the best time possible, even if we do say so ourselves.
To help you get your head around the logistics, I’ve put together this handy guide on all things working holidays, to help you take those first steps towards a new life Down Under.
A working holiday to Australia is an experience you'll never forget.
It’s question time again! No, not that boring show on BBC One with all the miserable people in suits – we’re talking about something much more interesting – travel!
This is the blog series where one of you, the STA Travel Blog readers, challenge our clued up Travel Experts to answer that question that has had you scratching your head for ages!
This week, Amy is here to suss out some super volunteer projects for a student at her school, sounds interesting. What’s your question Amy?
I am a career advisor at a school in Melksham and one of our current year 12’s is looking at taking a gap year. She hopes to go for the full year in Africa looking at areas of conservation and community projects. I have begun to do a little research for her but I wanted to know if you had any longer term projects available or if you could recommend any? Alternatively would there be any other possible projects that she could be involved in as well as in Africa to give her a chance to see other parts of the world? Amy, Wiltshire
Well Amy, we’ve got lots of love for volunteering projects here at STA Travel and offer a huge selection of opportunities for you to make a difference and travel at the same time – take a look at our Volunteer and Learn brochure for the full set of options. But before that, let’s see which particular projects our Expert Amy suggest for your student…
The Galapagos Islands are a pristine wildlife haven off the coast of Ecuador, South America, and a place of legend thanks to a certain Mr Darwin and his Theory of Evolution.
They’re remote, bursting with uniquely interesting wildlife and landscapes and, rather refreshingly, the mark left by human foot print is minimal, which means that you are able to experience a travel experience like no other.
Snorkel with sea lions, mingle with giant tortoise and climb volcanoes as you explore one of the most bio-diverse places in the world.
A trip like this will really set you apart from the travel pack and offer up some fascinating ‘once in a life time’ experiences, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s going to be hard to prepare for. But, it doesn’t have to be that way… Below is everything you need to know about planning a trip to the Galapagos.
It’s Ask the Experts time again and this week they’re facing a pretty hefty question about one readers big trip. Good news is, if anyone can help, it’s our Travel Experts!
If you’d like our experts to tackle a travel question of yours all you have to do is drop us an email and they’ll give you their answers right here on the blog. This weeks question comes from a slightly confused Alexandra…
I’m 18 and planning on going on a trip next January time, but I’m getting completely overwhelmed about where to start. I’m not what you would call a ‘planner’ so I’m having a really hard time trying to get everything sorted. There are soooooo many places I want to see (hot, cold, jungles, rivers, mountains – I want to see it all!) but despite having no real time limit I only have about £5,000 so need to be realistic. If you could help me find some good places for a first time traveller I would realy appreciate it. Thanks, Alexandra
Thanks, Alexandra! What an exciting predicament, £5,000 and no time limit – the options are huge, lets see what Amy and Claire suggest…
The Salt Flats of Bolivia are a unique and awe-inspiring experience
The Spanish people really know how to enjoy life, and you can’t help but to absorb and project this mantra yourself through every pore when visiting Spain.
This is a country that practically pulsates with passion, excitement and a zest for life. The Spanish are immensely proud of their history and their culture and it’s not hard to see why.
Relish the traditional architecture, the colourful street art, the thin streets lined with beautiful flowers, sun drenched beaches welcoming the warm coastal waters and some of the most delicious food you could ever wish to taste.
There are so many different things to do in Spain that this particular high five was no easy task, but I got there in the end, and the result is five experiences that undoubtedly stand out, but are they the right five? Over to you on that one, let me know what you think in the comments box below.