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The Traveller’s Christmas survival guide

Your first Christmas away from home can be a daunting prospect. With the traditions and people that usually make the season special half way across the world and the drizzle frost and snow replaced but sun and sand (or sometimes even more extreme cold) the Christmas spirit can be hard to come by.

So we reached out to the most beautiful, loving, well travelled people we know, our Twitter followers, and asked them for their tips on surviving your first Christmas far from home. If we’re honest most were about booze so we came up with a few of our own to balance the tide. Though if we’re honest most of those were about booze too. What it’s Christmas?!

Sandman
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Epic Journeys: Vietnam South to North

Vietnam is like a supermodel during Paris Fashion Week – long, thin and a bit wibbly. To see the best of the country a journey up (or down) the coast is a must and one of the top road (well mostly rail actually) trips to take on your South East Asian adventure.

Here we profile some of the key destinations on the route, how to get from A to B to sea, and pick out some hidden gems along the way. Hold on to your conical hats….


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What job can I get with an Australian Working Holiday Visa?

When it comes to working holidays in Australia one of the most common questions we’re asked here at STA Travel is: “What kind of job can I get?” And (because life is like that) it’s also one of the most difficult to answer!

To lift the lid on this poser we’ve asked 5 STA Travel bods to fill us in on their lives Down Under to show off the good, the bad and the downright wacky jobs available in Oz…as well as some tips on how to get them. Buckle up, this ride ain’t always a smooth one!

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Well it beets Bognor

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Surviving travel as a couple

Today’s blog comes from Ryan and Lucy Williams who booked with STA Travel last year and had one epic adventure!

Travelling as a couple is a totally different beast compared with going it alone or heading out with a group of friends. Knowing how to tame that beast is the key to coexisting and thriving on an adventure with your other half.

We took an eight month journey from Rio to Malaysia, a trial by (exceedingly hot) fire, and at the beginning we honestly had no idea what ‘real’ travelling actually meant! Sure, we had been on holiday together lots over the course of the years and this was just a really long holiday…right?

Ryan and Lucy in Peru
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Work Canada – Snow and Sun

You’ve got your whole life to work 9-5, so why not try something new? Working abroad is a great way to break your mundane routine and will let you explore a country on your own terms, away from the mainstream tourist attractions whilst earning money. But don’t take our word for it, we spoke to Billie Norman who travelled to Canada with BUNAC’s Work Canada program. Here’s how he made the most of his time in Canada…

From my first visit at the age of 7, I knew Canada was the place for me. By the time school had ended I was itching to get out of England and finally immerse myself in the Canadian experience and I couldn’t think of a better way to do this than to head out and do a snow season or two.

Anyone who’s interested in a working holiday in Canada knows how notoriously difficult the visa is to pin down, so having done some research it seemed the obvious choice for me was BUNAC. Luckily my research paid off as with their help and support the stars suddenly aligned, I had my visa and I was off!

It’s a pretty big deal packing your bags, heading to another country and leaving everything behind that you know; so landing the job before I even arrived was a massive help. Now all I had to do was get myself there and turn up…

Banff

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