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Why everyone should go travelling alone

This blog comes from Sanchia Rodrigues who is one of our many Student Travel Ambassadors across the country. Sanchia is a student at UCL in London and she’s here to tell us why she loves to travel alone and why you should give it a try.

Why do we travel? What is it that makes us pack up and leave the places and people we know and love? What are we hoping to experience when we go? And, how do we know when we’ve done it?
I travel because I want to get to know myself. I travel to find out what I really, truly can’t live without. I want to know what makes me tick, what gets under my skin and how I react. I want to change all the settings, erase all the old data, start from scratch and meet the new me – and I do it all, by travelling alone.

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6 of the Best Wildlife Adventures Waiting for You in Asia

Asia is without a doubt the most diverse, most exciting, most crazy continent in the world, there are adventures to be had around every colourful corner and a trip here will leave you mesmerised, energised and hungry for more, and the good thing is – there’s always more to be had.

One of Asia’s crowning glories? The huge array of amazing wildlife, so we’ve listed our 6 favourite wildlife adventures in Asia below, and we can get you there, to see the kind of sights usually reserved for those must watch Attenborough documentaries for yourself.

Pandas in China.

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10 Top Tips for Securing a Job on your Working Holiday in Australia

With thousands of young people heading for the shores of Australia every year to embark on a working holiday, the thought of joining them can seem daunting.

It’s only natural to feel a little nervous about what happens when you get there, ‘how will I find a job’, ‘which city is best to base myself’ are just 2 of the frequently asked questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

We touch on working holidays regularly on the STA Travel blog in articles including A Dummies Guide to Working In Australia but this time we’re going to talk you though some top tips for actually getting a job when you’re there.

What job would you like to do in Australia?

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Tales from a Tassie Wrangler! The Story of Graham’s Best Job in the World in Tasmania

It’s been nearly 7 months since Graham Freeman from South Africa, started working as a Tassie Wrangler in Tasmania, he’s currently starting his next adventure exploring the Aussie main land, but after a life changing 6 months working in what is without a doubt Australia’s best kept secret, it’s proving hard to tear himself away. Here’s his story about this time in one of the Best Jobs in the World…

“Forward Paddle!” bellowed our guide from the rear of the raft, struggling to catch his breath as we dipped in and out of the onslaught of rapids. We were nearing the end of our trip: 7 days, 100kms, the first people in this remote region of South Western Tasmania in more than 6 months.

Releasing Tasmanian Devils on Maria Island. Image credit Graham Michael Freeman.

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Virgin High Flyer Cameron – How Losing out on one of the Best Jobs in the World Started me on an Adventure to the Best time of My Life

In 2013, 25 year old Cameron Ernst from Kansas USA, applied for the Chief Funster position in New South Wales, as part of Tourism Australia’s epic Best Jobs in the World competition. He lost out (boo), but in an unexpected and rather exciting turn of events, Cameron’s application led him on to another, and just as incredible, opportunity (yay!) Cameron was instead chosen to be Virgin’s High Flyer, travelling to all corners of Australia with the airline and experiencing the best of Australian hospitality and adventure. Here’s what happened, in his own words.

A small town boy from Kansas goes to Australia to travel for six months. My friends and family couldn’t believe it. And neither could I. Who would have guessed that my “somewhere over the rainbow” would be down under? I certainly didn’t see it coming. You see, the best part about being Virgin Australia High Flyer was that everything came unexpectedly.

Image credit: Cameron Ernst.

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