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High Five… Japan!

West meets east in this fascinating country filled with diverse landscapes, massive cities, incredible traditions and thousands of years of culture waiting to be discovered.

We’re assuming the epic metropolis of Tokyo is on your list (why wouldn’t it be?!) so we’ve left it out, but there’s much more to Japan than its capital. Here’s our pick of 5 other awesome highlights Japan has to offer.

Our Favourite Five Experiences in Japan

Kyoto

Kyoto is not only a buzzing city (1.5 million people and growing) it’s also the cultural centre of Japan and a brilliant place to get to grips with the fascinating imperial history of the islands. Kyoto actually means ‘capital city’ and it served as one for over a thousand years leaving it chock full of shrines, temples, gardens, palaces and the ancient Geisha district.

If you happen to be in Kyoto in mid July you’ll have a chance to witness the Gion Matsuri parade – a large procession of traditional floats – some of which can weigh up to 12 tonnes – that makes their way through the centre of the city.

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A Dummies Guide to Working in New Zealand

Do you want to grab hold of your life and give it a thorough shake? Do you want to start planning the kind of adventure that could end up changing you as a person and give you memories that will last for the rest of your life? Then consider a working holiday, more specifically, consider a working holiday in New Zealand.

This is quite possibly the most beautiful place in the world, but also, the most action packed. Don’t be fooled by it’s size, New Zealand packs a serious punch when it comes to adventures and working holiday opportunities. So the only thing you need to worry about is deciding which awesome corner of the country to base yourself in.

We’ve produced this handy guide to help you with those frequently asked questions about working holidays in New Zealand, read it through, soak it up, and you will be well on your way to your own adventure.

Take a break from the norm and take the plunge on a working holiday in New Zealand.

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Ask the Experts: Help me Choose my Next Trip Working with Animals!

Every week, we ask you, our travel loving blog readers, to send us your questions for our passionate Travel Experts, and this week, we get Claire from STA Travel Brighton talking about two of her favourite things – dolphins and beautiful beaches – a match made in heaven!

The question in, errrr, question, comes from Joanna from Kent:

I’m crazy about wildlife! I’ve already been on safari in Africa, to the jungles of Borneo, volunteered with elephants in Thailand and I’ve just got back from an incredible trip working with turtles in Costa Rica, so I’m looking for inspiration for my next trip – where would you suggest I head to to for my next animal related travel experience? Joanna, Kent.

Sounds like you’ve had some pretty incredible experiences already Joanna – but there are still plenty more options out there for you! Lets see what Claire suggests…

Spend your days enjoying the surroundings in Fiji.

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A Dummies Guide to Working in Canada

Here at STA Travel, along with help from our buddies at working holiday specialists BUNAC, we’ve been sending lots of eager young people to Canada for years; and between us, what we don’t know about Canada isn’t worth knowing. So we’ve invited Lizzie from BUNAC to put together this handy all-you-need-to-know guide to working holidays in Canada.

Have you had enough of the humdrum of life here in the UK? Do you want to be more than just a tourist and fully immerse yourself in a completely new country? Would you like to experience a land that is home to Ryan Gosling, Pamela Anderson and maple syrup? If you answered ‘yes’ to the following questions, then this blog will help turn your Canadian dreams into a reality.

If you’re considering a working holiday in Canada, or have already decided to take the plunge and go for it, this blog will help you with all those unanswered questions.

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19 Essential Christmas Gifts for Travellers

Christmas is just around the corner – but what do you buy the traveller with only a backpack to store their goodies? Below are a selection of goodies that would be the perfect Christmas gift for the travel-aholic in your life – and you could also splash that little bit more, and give the gift of travel itself, with an STA Travel gift cards.

Here’s our list of the 19 top buys to make Christmas shine with the magic of travel (or something).

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