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Tales from STA Travel Experts’ Big Trips: Josh’s Working Holiday in Australia

It’s no secret that we’re pretty crazy about travelling here at STA Travel, it would be a bit weird if we weren’t right?! But over the next few weeks, as part of our new Your Big Trip campaign, we’ve got a bit more overexcited than usual.

Huge discounts, tonnes of new inspiration (have you seen our new round the world pages of the website – they’re fancy) as well as a brand spanking new Your Big Trip brochure to boot.

Our travel experts will be talking about big trips even more than usual over the next few weeks, so what better time to grill them about their own first big travel experience.

Say 'cheesy!' Travel Expert Josh from London.

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How Greg is living his dream in one of the Best Jobs in the World, as a Wildlife Caretaker in South Australia

Welcome to the next installment from our Tourism Australia, Best Jobs in the World blog series. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been catching up with the lucky winners of the 6 Best Jobs in the World competition from last year, and this week, allow us to introduce you to Greg from Canada, who won the much sought after position of Wildlife Caretaker in South Australia. Here’s his story…

Six months ago I was on Copacabana Beach in Rio, trying to sort my life out. I never would have thought that come 2014 I would be swimming with Australian Sea Lions off Hopkins Island in 40 degree heat, in January! It is one of those moments when you think; wow is this for real, someone pinch me! When I applied for one of the Best Jobs in the World I honestly didn’t think I could ever win it, it was just fun to apply for, you know, in a ‘this would be cool’, ‘why not go for something crazy’ kind of way?

At the time, I was working as an adventure tour guide in South America. I led small group overland trips through Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Patagonia. It was a pretty awesome job and one I absolutely loved. That being said, it is full on, with no time off, no sick days, no down time. After 12 months this kind of lifestyle can becoming slightly draining. Getting paid to travel is awesome, but after 2 and half years it was time for a change. Enter Australia.

Shark Selfie! Image credit Greg Snell.

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The Secrets of the Australian Northern Territory as Told by Best Jobs in the World Winner Allan

Last week we bought you the story of Elisa, the Best Jobs in the World winner from France who is currently living the dream as a Park Ranger in Queensland. This week, it’s all about Allan Dixon, he’s been grafting in the Northern Territory for 6 months having bagged the job of Outback Adventurer. Allan’s stepped up to tell us of his favourite moments so far and why he hopes his experience can help turn your head towards a working holiday in the Northern Territory…

We all have that one country we’ve always dreamt of visiting. Well, mine was Australia and I’m sure some of you have the same dream as me. When the Best Jobs in the World competition opened, my mum told me to enter. I’ve always been spontaneous and optimistic, so I entered, and within two months I’d won the Outback Adventurer position. Quit my job in Ireland and moved to Australia without hesitation, though it was quite a change, just up rooting your life to another country.

Having been here for six months now, it’s been an experience of a lifetime. It has reminded me to get out there and see the world while I still can, to get out of your comfort zone and book a one way plane ticket.

Allan is currently living the dream in the Outback in Australia's Northern Territory. Image credit: Allan Dixon.

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High Five… Travel Resolutions for 2014!

Has your commitment to giving up sugar for life and forgoing all burgers begun to wane? Is your pledge to work out daily, read more, work harder and live on kale becoming a distant dream? Fear not! It’s not too late to make some magnificent travel resolutions for 2014 that will turn you into a superhuman!*

Here are 5 travel related resolutions that you’ll definitely want to keep way past the first 2 weeks of the year, resolutions that could actually have a very real and long lasting impact on your life. Plus, you’ll actually have one hell of a time keeping them!

Remember - quality over quantity when it comes to travel photos.

*Disclaimer – resolutions may not actually turn you into a superhuman – but they will help you make the most of your travels.

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Just how fun is it to work at a USA summer camp? Loads! Let’s find out why…

Working in a summer camp is as American as apple pie, and it’s easy for you to get a slice of the action. We check in with Lizzie Spearing, who tells us all about her summer camp adventure…

Personally, working at an American summer camp was one of the best things I ever did. Your co-workers will be your family, your campers will become your children and your camp will become your home. You’ll become more confident than you ever imagined and once bitten by the travel bug, you’ll be forever infected with the need to see and do more. If you’ve seen the Parent Trap and want to look after lots of mini Lindsay Lohans’ (pre-rehab days) then read all about my summer camp experience and sign up for yourself…

Get your very own Summer Camp salute, like BUNACer Lizzie, who stands second on the left

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