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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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10 Reasons You Need to Attend Our Australia Travel Talks Next Month

As far as amazing life experiences go, it is very hard to get better than travelling Australia. Whether we’re talking about a working holiday that will see you living there for a year or two, or a whistle stop trip to take in the very best bits in a relatively short space of time, one things is for sure, Australia will get under your skin and leave an impression on you that will be very hard to ever forget (not that you’d ever want to!)

We understand how confusing booking a trip there can be; there’s so much to do, and you’ve heard so many conflicting pieces of advice about how to do it that your head is starting to spin a little.

STOP. Don’t panic, take a deep breath and book yourself a free space at one of our Australia travel talks in store. We’ve been helping people like you make their Aussie dreams a reality for over 35 years, so we’re pretty good at it. If you’re thinking of taking the plunge and heading to Aus here are 10 very good reasons to come to our travel talks in October/November first.

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7 Amazing Volunteer Projects That Cost Less Than £500

Volunteering is an fantastic and hugely worthwhile way to spend your time while travelling the world. Whether you can only get away for a week or two, have longer to spare, or want to include a volunteer stop within a wider trip there are a huge amount of options to consider that will each make a huge difference to the communities they benefit.

If you want to do something a little different and add an extra dimension to your travel experience, consider a volunteering project. Here are some of our favourites for under £500 each.

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High Five… Argentina!

A diverse and dramatic part of the world, long loved by travellers for its enchanting culture, natural wonders and good steak.

Argentina is a travel heaven, with a million things to experience and even more nooks and crannies to explore, it’s likely you’ll fall a little bit in love with it’s general aura and presence and never want to leave.

Prepare yourself for the fast pace of vibrant Buenos Aires – one of the worlds most exciting and cosmopolitan cities – and head out to the wilderness of Patagonia and the Andes, the places where you can really indulge in the spoils of nature lavished on Argentina.

To help you with your quest to see the very best of this amazing country, we’re counting down our choice of the best of the best experiences, introducing High Five… Argentina!

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