For as long as I can remember, hiring a campervan and driving it round Australia has been on my travel wishlist. I’m not alone: last year, thousands of STA Travellers used a campervan to explore Oz. There’s a definite novelty factor about driving your entire house around, making beautiful National Parks your home for the night and living a basic kind of life for a while. On top of that, campervans are also a really practical and often budget friendly way to get around, especially if there’s a group of you to share costs.
Luckily for me, when I met my now husband a few years back, it turned out that an Australia road trip was pretty high on his bucket list too. So when set about planning our wedding, we decided enough was enough. We blagged a couple of months off work and set about booking a somewhat unconventional honeymoon that would see us driving up the east coast of Australia in a campervan on an epic drive from Sydney to Cairns. In 3 weeks.
Let me stress that Sydney to Cairns is really quite a long way. Over 2,400 kilometers if you go in a straight line (we clocked up over 4,000km in ours). But of course, when it comes to road trips, it’s all about the journey as much as it is the destination. We stayed at some simply incredibly spots on our trip, and as we spoke to other travellers we met along the way, were pretty gutted we couldn’t stay longer and drive that campervan all over Australia.
Mums are great aren’t they?! To celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, a day set aside specifically to spend a few hours appreciating how much our mums do for us, here’s a look at some of the best places in the world to travel with your mum.
It’s probably not often that you get to go travelling with you mum, but if you could take her anywhere, what trip would you treat her to?
The Dubai Mall.
We’ve overhauled our accommodation categories for 2014, so it’s now even easier to find the exact style of accommodation you want, within your price range and in the location that’s perfect for you.
Introducing our 5 new accommodation styles, but bear in mind that while we’ve been able to fit the many thousands of hotel and hostel options we have into one of these 5 categories, we have such a huge array of options that if you don’t think the place your looking for fit into any of the below, call us, tell us what you’re looking for and where and I betcha we can find you exactly what you’re looking for.
Sydney is one of the best cities in the world. Fact.
There’s a lot to do, all set in pretty stunning surroundings. People living in and around Sydney, in Australia in general in fact, enjoy a largely ‘outdoorsey’ life style and that’s visible across every inch of Sydney.
Here’s a short city guide to Sydney, what is without a doubt one of the world best, most exciting, most liveable cities. If you’re going, lucky you, enjoy every second, if you’re not going, this is your chance to remedy that quick sharp…
View from the Harbour Bridge.
I’ll tell you one thing I’m pretty sure you’re completely aware of when it comes to Fiji, this place is BEAUTIFUL (caps required). I’m lucky enough to have travelled quite a bit, and I can safely say I’ve never seen anywhere quite like it before, or since, my visit in 2012.
333 tropical islands all dotted around the largest, Viti Levu home to the nations capital Suva. A trip here is a pretty magical experience. One that can never be undersold. The reason for that is because Fiji continues to surprise people.
You come expecting beautiful surroundings and friendly people, and boy do you get that, as well as so much more.