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Can a Travel Romance go the Distance?

Today’s blog comes from Liz who flew off on her first great adventure 10 years ago…

The 31st Jan 2005 was the day I got on the plane for my post-uni big trip. I’d booked to go to a conservation project in Belize and, when I was sent my STA ticket a few days before jetting off, I found I’d been seated next to some random guy. For 10 hours. I distinctly remember speaking to my mum about it and thinking “why on earth is this Christopher Peacock on my ticket?! I hope he’s nice, I’ve got to sit next to him”…

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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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24 Hours in Surfers Paradise

Today’s blog comes from STA Travel’s very own Trish Black who works in our Arizona office and recently spent time on Australia’s East Coast.

I love a good beach day. No matter the destination I am travelling to, my first thought is usually “Is there a beach involved?”. When I found out I was headed to Australia on a tour along the Gold Coast, I couldn’t have been more excited.

It was early September when the weather in the US is typically cooling off, but in sunny Australia it was just starting to warm up. The tour began in Sydney and travelled up the coast through Byron Bay, then on to Surfers Paradise. Our bus landed in SP at night, so I didn’t see much of the coastline until morning…

sand art

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How to Travel the East Coast of Australia by Campervan

Last year we asked you to pick your favourite campervan route from a choice of 3 amazing Australian itineraries and 2 marvellous New Zealand routes. The winner was Charli’s East Coast extravaganza where she rocked the Cairns to Sydney.

Want to do it yourself? Read on for a run down of how it’s done.

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Frigid Five: 5 places that do winter properly

The British winter is not internationally renowned for it’s ferocity, beauty or quite frankly anything other than being a bit wet and cold. Sure the north of Scotland gets some pretty epic snow fall and there are a couple of fields in the south west that when covered in frost and deer make the front pages of certain less news-centric papers, but in general the season is rather mediocre.  (Think we’ve qualified that enough…pretty worried about reprisals from the British Winter Society.)

We’ve searched the globe (figuratively, there’s no budget for a winter recky to look at snow) and found 5 places that do winter properly. A Frigid Five if you will. Or if you wont.

Bridge to nowhere
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