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Live life by Aussie Rules!

We’ve been travelling to and sending people over to Australia for over 35 years and, in that time, we’ve picked up a tip or two. We spoke to our Travel Experts in the UK and Oz, our friends on the ground Down Under and “Australia Insiders” (i.e. they love beaches) to collect our list of Aussie Rules.

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Five Reasons You Should Visit the Perhentian Islands

Today’s blog comes from STA’s James Greenslade who has left his Aussie homeland for a few months to taste the British summer. Warning James – it often tastes of rain.

You know that incredible dreamlike location from The Beach? Well the Perhentian Islands are Malaysia’s very own version, without the Lord of the Flies vibe. With a landscape you don’t usually see outside Instagram, it’s a perfect chance to escape the city smog, #nofilter needed.

Ready to embrace the tropical island lifestyle without the being stranded part? Read on for five reasons why you should add the Perhentian Islands to that ever growing must do list.


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5 Essential Tactics For Dorm Room Survival

Today’s blog comes from Amy Baker, a travel writer currently holed up in London writing her first book. You’re most likely to find her dreaming of a return to Colombia or staring out of her window plotting which neighbourhood cat to “borrow”.

Ideally we would all travel the world sleeping upon mattresses woven from ethically harvested liger fur in 8 star hotels that are lovingly cleaned from top to bottom every day, but sadly that just isn’t realistic.

When temperatures are through the roof, no-one has the cash to splash on air-con and there are 18 of you crammed into one room straight from a 24-hour bus ride, tensions will arise. Follow these tips to ensure you don’t end up with 17 new enemies and zero sleep…


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4 Reasons Austin, Texas really is the Live Music Capital of the World

No doubt it’s a bold claim, but Austin didn’t pick their official motto out of a hat. We take a look at what makes this city a Mecca for music lovers worldwide and a perfect stop on any trip to the American South.


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12 Festivals For Your 2015 Wish List

The chill of winter is (finally) beginning to clear and, if you’re anything like us at STA Travel Towers, your thoughts are turning towards a time when your white white toes will see the light of day in fancy flip flops.

And with the coming light nights and hot(ish) days comes thoughts of festivals. While the UK is still an amazing musical hub (and we’ve included a couple here for good patriotic measure) European festivals really are amazing when it comes to value for money, hot line ups and, sometimes, more reliable sunshine.

Summer is coming…you better be ready.

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