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4 ways to get down with the locals in New Zealand

Want more than just a whistle-stop tour of New Zealand’s tourist attractions? Why not take your journey to a new level and get down with the locals!

New Zealand provides a copious amount of bewildering backdrops, inviting culture, flourishing forests, delightful people and second to none road trips. All of this also allows for social interaction and a scrapbook full of perfect, harmonious memories. So seek out a deeper and more meaningful interaction with New Zealand and its people as you get involved with the environment and those adventurous Kiwis.

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8 turtle-y awesome reasons to volunteer in Costa Rica

Cute baby turtles? Check. Sunshine? Check. AH-mazing beaches? Check. Tempted? We thought so…

1. Nursing baby turtles

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You’ll get to play parent and hang with the baby turtles, caring for them at the hatchery before releasing them into the wild. Cue warm and fuzzy feeling. Continue reading

Five Must Dos in Southern Thailand

Thailand is a traveller’s spiritual home and a rite of passage for backpackers. The mantra goes something like this: for trekking, temples, and culture – head north. For beaches, parties, and the ultimate paradise – head south. Ok, it’s not a massively catchy mantra, but it works.

Read on for 5 must dos in Southern Thailand. We’re hitting some of the big highlights here so, if off the beaten path is more your thing, make sure you check out out classic guide to Thailand’s best kept secrets!

Jump head first into southern Thailand

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One Week, Four Volunteering Projects, Thailand style!

Today’s blog comes from Emma Moreton,  from STA Travel’s head office in London

In August, I was lucky enough (along with 5 other STAers) to be given the chance to try 4 different volunteering projects in one week in the Phang Nga Provence of Southern Thailand.

While we often get brilliant reports and postcards from volunteers in the field, experiencing these projects first hand is a great way to get a feel for the real issues face by these communities and how the charities, and volunteers, can help.

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Planning lessons

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It Means No Worries for the Rest of your Days

Today’s blog comes from Rob Edmunds, a Travel Expert in our London, Victoria store

A place that captured the hearts of the world for the 2010 FIFA World Cup as they welcomed the world to their country with an array of colour, music and smiles. Alive with passion, the awe inspiring Big 5, breathtaking miles of coast line and a rich national history of of influential men and women. Hard to believe I know but when STA sent a group of Travel Experts there in June 2014, nothing could prepare us for what we would experience.

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