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Shakedown, Sydney

Sydney is one of the best cities in the world. Fact.

There’s a lot to do, all set in pretty stunning surroundings. People living in and around Sydney, in Australia in general in fact, enjoy a largely ‘outdoorsey’ life style and that’s visible across every inch of Sydney.

Here’s a short city guide to Sydney, what is without a doubt one of the world best, most exciting, most liveable cities. If you’re going, lucky you, enjoy every second, if you’re not going, this is your chance to remedy that quick sharp…

View from the Harbour Bridge.

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10 Top Tips for Securing a Job on your Working Holiday in Australia

With thousands of young people heading for the shores of Australia every year to embark on a working holiday, the thought of joining them can seem daunting.

It’s only natural to feel a little nervous about what happens when you get there, ‘how will I find a job’, ‘which city is best to base myself’ are just 2 of the frequently asked questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

We touch on working holidays regularly on the STA Travel blog in articles including A Dummies Guide to Working In Australia but this time we’re going to talk you though some top tips for actually getting a job when you’re there.

What job would you like to do in Australia?

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5 Unmissable Locations to Add to your Travel Bucket List this Year

On 28th May this year Qatar Airways start their new service flying from Edinburgh, opening up their network of 125 destinations to the northern part of the UK, via their base in Doha.

That’s exciting enough, but wait, here’s some more exciting Qatar Airways related news: did you know they’re the only airline to offer a complimentary glass of champagne to their economy class customers? True that.

So, with those two golden nuggets of information ringing in your ears, let’s take this opportunity to remind ourselves of our 5 favourite destinations you can reach using Qatar Airways – now via Edinburgh (champagne in hand).

Perth.

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Tales from STA Travel Experts’ Big Trip: Paul from Leeds Vicar Lane on his 9 Month Trip of a Lifetime!

2 years ago, Paul Wilkinson, set out on an amazing 9 month adventure across some of the most exciting countries in the world. His trip would turn out to be diverse, eye opening, full of unexpected experiences – and the best fun of his life.

He’s back, and as a Travel Expert at our Leeds Vicar Lane store, he’s been using his experience to help others create their own big trips, for over a year. As part of our own Your Big Trip campaign, I’ve pinned him down for the low down on his own trip and his expert advice for those thinking of taking the plunge themselves…

Bolivia's awesome Salt Flats.

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Tales from a Tassie Wrangler! The Story of Graham’s Best Job in the World in Tasmania

It’s been nearly 7 months since Graham Freeman from South Africa, started working as a Tassie Wrangler in Tasmania, he’s currently starting his next adventure exploring the Aussie main land, but after a life changing 6 months working in what is without a doubt Australia’s best kept secret, it’s proving hard to tear himself away. Here’s his story about this time in one of the Best Jobs in the World…

“Forward Paddle!” bellowed our guide from the rear of the raft, struggling to catch his breath as we dipped in and out of the onslaught of rapids. We were nearing the end of our trip: 7 days, 100kms, the first people in this remote region of South Western Tasmania in more than 6 months.

Releasing Tasmanian Devils on Maria Island. Image credit Graham Michael Freeman.

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