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How to be a cheap flight booking boss

Pssst, want to know a secret on how to score some mega savings on flights? Here’s a helping hand on how to be a flight-booking boss.

Booking flights is an availability game.

Generally, the earlier you book, the cheaper your tickets will be. Airlines release their seats around 10-11 months in advance, and the cheapest tickets will always sell out first. The reason why flights are more expensive last minute isn’t because airlines put their prices up, it’s because clever (or just well-organised) people have already snapped up those cheaper tickets.

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The Galápagos Islands on a budget

I’m Alice, an STA Travel Marketing Exec. As a David Attenborough super fan and proud owner of all Planet earth boxsets, The Galápagos Islands was top of my bucketlist when I started planning my epic 6 month South America trip. Not wanting to resort to organ harvesting or blackmail to fund my Galápagos dream, I did some serious budgeting. Here’s my top tips to make sure you squeeze every last drop of fun out of your trip.

1. Buy tonnes of sunscreen.

It is no exaggeration when I say you will need to take a mortgage out to purchase sun cream. It can cost between $12 – $40.

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48 hours in Bangkok

The city of Bangkok… a chaotic mismatch of old-world and modern metropolis serving up enticing markets, impressive temples and a wild night life to go with it.

With a round the world trip ahead of them, our Blueticket competition winners Sabrina, Dan, Kyle and Charlotte chose here to #StarttheAdventure. Like a lot of backpackers, they had to get real. With 48 hours they were never going to have the pleasure of exploring every single corner. Here’s the cultural juice they managed to squeeze out of their whistle stop tour of charismatic Bangkok.

1. Just touched down in Bangkok town (or Suvarnabhumi airport to be more accurate). Hop on the swanky sky train (for about 30p, whattt?) and make your way to Siam Square in downtown Bangkok.

2. For most backpackers there’s only one place to stay, Khao San Road or nearby at least. Go get yourself some traveller uniform whilst you’re there. Jazzy elephant trousers and a chang vest?

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8 Things I did on Australia’s Nature Coast

Today’s post comes from Alison Nicholls from our Key Accounts team who travelled to Australia in October and spent 9 glorious days on the Nature Coast.

I already know what you’re going to say: “What the hell is a nature coast anyway?” Well, honestly, I wasn’t sure myself until I headed down under and travelled for 9 days along the most beautiful stretch of shoreline in the world (bold claim but I stick by it).

Australia’s Nature Coast is comprised of the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast which include such awesomeness as Rainbow Beach, Fraser Island, Noosa, loads of vineyards, national parks and much much more! Read on for 8 highlights not to miss on your Australian adventure.


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Slovenian slap hunting

Okay, first things first. A slap in Slovenia means waterfall, but how often have you read the term ‘waterfall chasing ’ within blog titles – I wanted but I had to grab your attention somehow right? So whack on those trainers, grab your swim gear and let’s get slap searching!

Before we get there, let me fill you in on me. My name’s Lauren Barratt and I started The Adventure Diary back in 2016 after taking a break from teacher life and travelling in a van through Europe. I lived the ‘van life’ for 4 months, visiting a number of countries such as Norway, Sweden, Croatia and most importantly Slovenia.

But now back to the important stuff….

Slap Kozjak:

One of Slovenia’s hidden beauties! Located within a cave the water pours down through a crack which opens up right above your head. To get to the waterfall you’ll need to make your way across a risky walk way attached to the wall. But it is well worth it!

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