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How to be a Great Barrier Reef Warrior

This month we teamed up with Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef to offer one of our travellers a once-in-a-lifetime internship to work on this unique eco-system. Here’s why we need your help.

We’ve all seen Finding Nemo. If you were a fish, the Great Barrier Reef would be the Beverly Hills of ocean real estate. However, this 2,300km long underwater natural wonder has been having a hard time of it of late: under threat from climate change, water quality and crown of thorns starfish.

As self-proclaimed globetrotters, we’re not only all about exploring planet earth but when Mother Nature offers us so much why not give a little back? Here’s four ways how you can get involved both home and away…

 

 

1. Go see it.

Yes, tourism can actually help aid the conservation of the reef. The money spent on tours to this magical marine park makes an important contribution towards its management and protection. What’s more, tour operators and activities are regulated and kept in environmental check. They’re only allowed to venture into the marine park when these high standards are met.

So snorkel, scuba and even observe the reef from the air knowing you’re not only experiencing one the world’s largest coral reef system, but you’re also doing your bit to conserve this underwater paradise.

2. Use your voice.

We understand not everyone can hop on a plane destined for Australia (if you can, why are you still here?), so get involved from the comfort of your sofa. We’re a unique generation of digitally connected nomads who, when we shout online, someone on the other side of the world can hear. So why not use this to yours and our good pal Planet Earth’s advantage by joining a reef conservation group or charity and even telling your friends about it too?

3. Choose greener

Fact: Only 7% of the natural resources we take are actually then re-used again. Not only should we be making an extra effort to re-use and reduce our own waste, do a little research and choose brands that are making the effort to become more sustainable, support environmental projects and help reduce climate change.

4. Get involved

Go one step further and support the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef – a social movement dedicated to protecting the reef and sharing its story. This year, we partnered with these turtly awesome, planet-saving humans to offer one of our travellers a once-in-a-lifetime internship to get hands-on and work with them on the reef. You can hear about their story here > . And if you’re feeling inspired, get in touch with the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef to see how you can help.

So there you have it. Four ways to make Mr. Attenborough proud and keep this underwater hot spot thriving with marine life. Want to find out all the places you can visit the Great Barrier Reef? Read more here >

What is the best way to travel the East Coast of Australia?

Travelling around the East Coast of Australia is no picnic in the park or BBQ on the beach should we say! It’s a huge stretch of coastline and we mean HUGE. You’ll find everything along the way including the world’s largest sand island, crystal clear waters of the Whitsunday Islands, tropical jungles in the north and the best surfing spots like Byron Bay! Oh, not forgetting some of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world like Sydney and Brisbane.

To help you plan your itinerary, here are a few things to bear in mind when travelling the East Coast of Australia…

At your own pace

Travel Australia at your own pace
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6 coolest back to nature stays in Asia

Why hotel when you can floatel? (floating hotel) Whether you’re floating on water or above the canopy of the trees, get back to nature in rustic accommodation bliss.

River Kwai Jungle Rafts Hotel

An eco-hideaway on Thailand’s Kwai Noi river, rooms are located in a floating bamboo lodge with lush jungle one side and the river on the other. Kick back in a hammock on a private balcony and breath in all that tropical jungle air.
Take me to floatel heaven! 

Photo credit: @littlemisswinney

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We Know Because We Go: New Zealand – South Island

Meet Sarah, an STA Travel Expert based in Glasgow, who this year got to check out the sights of New Zealand as part of her fam trip*. With a Kiwi Experience pass in hand, see what Sarah and you too could get up to whilst exploring this adventure haven!

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How to spend 8 days in mainland Thailand

I’m Rachael, certified Netflix binger, beer pong fan, and one of the website guru’s at STA Travel. I recently got back from an Asia trip – and by recently I mean 6 months ago, but I’m in denial. Of the places I visited, I spent 6 weeks in Thailand. As well as eating my body weight in curry and 7-Eleven toasties (if you know, you know) I’d like to think I got to know the place pretty well, so this is what I’d tell travellers to do on a 8 day/7 night trip.

Day one

Fly in to Bangkok, because that’s probably the easiest and cheapest to get to. I spent three weeks in Bangkok (not because I’m crazy, I did a volunteering job) so I’ve done a lot there. You could either spend the day visiting amazing buildings like the Wat Pho/Wat Arun temple and the Grand Palace – all beautiful and worth a look, or if you’re more about the markets, head to one of the many floating markets around the city. We decided to get in a taxi and drive to Talin Chan and Khlong Lat Mayom, which were both really close to each other – we preferred the second one as it had much more of an authentic feel to it (the first one was very touristy).

Floating by without a care in the world #floatingmarket #bangkok #canalboat #thailand #authentic #thaiculture

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