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Hipster guide to spending one day in Vancouver

You’ve woken up in Vancouver itching to see what this city’s got to throw at you. But forget all those has-been chains of the world, this is Vancouver, a city made for hipsters. So, hold onto your beard, it’s going to be a wild ride…

9AM Your ankles are bare and your bow-tie is tight – time for caffeine

Kickstart the morning with the hipster’s favourite: a caffeine hit. Revolver is all about expertly brewed coffee and with a seasonal menu of world-class roasts, these guys know their Arabica from their Robusta. Whether you’re looking to brush up your espresso knowledge or just try an expertly crafted brew, this joint is your one-way ticket to coffee-lover heaven.

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New Zealand Campervan Dos and Don’ts

Today’s blog comes from our resident road tripper Hannah “Jeffers” Jeffery who isn’t actually that keen on Dire Straits. Honestly. 

If you have a secret thing for trailer trash, questionable driving skills (more sheep than people = empty roads) and musical tastes that shouldn’t be inflicted on coach loads of other travellers, then you’re the perfect candidate for a campervan trip! Kidding, it’s quite clearly all about the epic driving routes, mind-blowing landscapes and wilderness campgrounds and only a tiny bit about the Dire Straits playlist and roadside pie shops. However, before you scream “roadtrip” and bundle your motley crew of travel buddies into a van, there are a few things you need to know about campervanning in NZ.

With the help of our lovely friends at Mighty, Britz and Maui – the purveyors and experts of all things campervan –  we’ve come up with some not altogether unhelpful dos and don’ts.

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How to survive a long-haul flight

If we utter the words ‘long haul flight’ do your legs immediately seize up at the thought of sitting still for 4+ hours? But don’t stress, when you choose the right airline, you’ll feel like absolute royalty (champagne on arrival pur-lease). From one global explorer to another, here’s our survival guide on how to have an experience just as good as the adventure you’re about to embark on…

Put your comfy underwear on

Everyone’s got at least one pair of comfy pants that should have been chucked in the bin a long time ago, but for some strange reason you cling onto them. This is their moment to shine.

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Why Québec is the new cool

I’m Gwen, STA Travel’s Brochure Production Manager and newly-ordained Québec convert.

Last month, I was lucky enough to jump on a Canada trip to Montreal and Québec. Not the typical backpacker east coast/west coast fare, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. And I certainly didn’t think that I’d be blogging about light shows, but here we are. Bear with me, it’s pretty illuminating.

On our last evening in Montreal, we were sitting in the atrium of Notre Dame Cathedral. The pews were full, and groups of people were milling around the sides in hushed whispers, waiting for the main event. There was also a talking confession box in the corner that most people seemed to pass by without a second glance (which was odd on their part, I thought.)

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Beach please: Top 8 beaches on East Coast Australia

Australia is known for having some of the most insane beaches in the world, but with so many of them how do you decide which are even worth your time? Beach please, we’ll tell you.

Byron Bay

Location: New South Wales
We can hear you tutting, but hold up hun. We HAD to put Byron Bay on the list because no top 10 list of beaches is complete without it. Not because of the beach itself, but the vibe (and the ridiculously good-looking locals – hellooooo). As you arrive, you’ll be greeted by a welcome sign that reads “Welcome to Byron Bay. Cheer up. Slow down. Chill out” which you can’t help but obey. Don’t leave without visiting The Top Shop. No, it’s not the Topshop you’d expect to find on the high street, it’s a trendy back street café. No basic beaches here.

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