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High Five… Bolivia!

While travellers flock to Peru for their Machu Picchu moment, tango the night away in Buenos Aires and party till dawn in buzzing Rio, Bolivia can often get unfairly overlooked in favour of the big hitters next door.

This is definitely, definitely a mistake. Bolivia is bursting with fascinating cultures, brilliant wildlife, compelling history and some of the most stunning scenery on planet earth.

Here are 5 reasons to give Bolivia more than a second thought when planning your Latin American adventure:

Stand wistfully on the banks of Lake Titicaca.

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High Five… South Pacific!

What springs to mind when you think of the South Pacific? Turqoise waters? Tick. Sandy white beaches? Tick. Drinking cocktails out of coconuts? It’s a big fat tick. The South Pacific islands are so picture perfect, they’re practically a desert island stereotype. But don’t let first impressions fool you. There’s more to each island that meets the eye, and they each have their own defining feature.

Tear yourself away from the sun lounger and you’ll find awesome landscapes just waiting to be explored, both above and below sea level: the Pacific islands are home to some of the best scuba diving in the world. Venture away from the resort and you’ll encounter some of the friendliest locals around, and the chance to immerse yourself in Polynesisan and Melanesian traditions.

Rapa Nui aka Easter Island is just one of the reasons we love the South Pacific

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Ask the Experts: I’m a Novice Traveller – Help me Plan my Route!

It’s almost the weekend! And that means only one thing here on the STA Travel Blog – it’s Ask the Experts time again (Woooooo! Etc, etc)

This week we’re welcoming Elliot to the blog, to ask his burning travel question to our Travel Experts. Elliot, take it away…

I’m looking to go travelling next year with a few friends and we are all completely novice travellers! Could you give me some advice on a good route which covers the best bits of Southeast Asia and Australia? I think I’ll have about 6-8months. Also I’m not sure what sort of baggage to take – should I take a suitcase or a backpack? Thanks, Elliot

Autumn’s been here all of 1 week and we’re all already hankering for the sun to be back in our lives, so what do our Travel Experts recommend? Here’s Lucy to share her words of wisdom.

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An Insider’s Guide to the Very Best Affordably Luxurious Hotels in Thailand

Allow me to introduce you to Hannah Jeffery. Hannah is a Brochure Product Executive here at STA Travel, meaning that it’s her job to produce our STA Travel brochures and also the brochures for our sister company Bridge the World. Hannah has recently completed this year’s brand spanking new Bridge the World Thailand brochure meaning she is the perfect person to give you an insiders guide to the best, affordably luxurious hotels in Thailand, I mean, it’s been her life for the past 6 months! She knows her product inside out, she’s even been to visit some of them in person (all in the name of doing a good job of course) so Hannah it’s over to you…

Thailand is an enthralling mix of mystical mountain kingdoms, balmy jungle-clad beaches and energetic inner-city melting pots, all shrouded in ancient backpacker myths dating back to the early 90s of £1 beach huts.

Let’s face it, however wonderfully affordable Thailand may be, unless you’ve paid by the hour (in which case, quite frankly, we don’t want to know) you haven’t been able to get a $2 guesthouse in years. And why would you even want to try? Thailand is blessed with the most affordable, exotic and accessible 4 and 5* accommodation in the world and we’re able to bring them to you through our sister company Bridge the World, specialists in affordable luxury travel.

Don’t get us wrong, we love waking up to a painted picture of a window on the thin concrete wall of our bargain Khao San Road but, if you’re going to splash out in relative terms, do it here and book yourself into some well deserved luxury.

As Thailand is such amazing value, there is no need to sacrifice cultural authenticity or your precious travellers’ integrity in the face of luxury, comfort and an infinity pool, pretty much as standard. Elsewhere in the world, your luxury budget may extend to a 3* white and soulless monolithic monstrosity whereas Thailand’s neon cities, emerald jungles and archetypal bounty beaches are home to an abundance of unique and characterful luxury hotels, and we’ll prove it. Here are a few of our favourites…

Layana Resort.

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A Dummies Guide to Working in Australia

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.

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