A local’s guide to Adelaide

Our ‘Local Insider Series’ focuses on bringing you the lowdown on various cities across the globe, straight from the mouth of the locals. So you know it’s not bullsh*t.

To launch the series, we asked Kate Beveridge, one of our Travel Experts down in Adelaide, to tell us everything we need to know about this little slice of Australia. Step out of the shadows Adelaide… it’s your time to shine!

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Top places to visit in Bali

You’re looking for a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the 9 to 5. You’re looking for a way to blow off some steam after a hefty period of university deadlines and exams. You’re looking to discover a new and interesting culture. You’re looking for an island getaway. Enter Bali – an island in Indonesia, known for its volcanic, jungle landscapes, powder-white beaches and smattering of temples.  

Keep reading for the top places to visit in Bali, for a variety of different reasons!

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40 things to do before you’re 40

40 is the new 30, right?! We’re celebrating our 40th birthday this year, and we’re filling it with obnoxious amounts of balloons, cake and adventures. We’ve looked back on our last 40 years and devised the perfect bucketlist of things to do before you get to our age.  

So, whether you’re seeing in your fabulous 40s with us, got a few years to go, or haven’t even hit the big 2-0 yet, we’ve got a list that will help you #StartTheAdventure.  

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Solo female travel stories from across the globe

Ever since 1911, the world has celebrated International Women’s Day on the 8th March. It may be 2019 (and we can celebrate women all day every day, k?) but we’re not going to pass up an opportunity to talk about how amazing they are. In the spirit of IWD, we asked female employees across STA Travel to send us their favourite solo travel story.

Who run across the world? Girls!

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Top 10 cities to stay in Europe for under £40

We’re 40 this year, believe it or not (we use good anti-wrinkle cream) and to celebrate we’ve combed through all our hostel deals across Europe to piece together a list of cities that you can stay in for two nights for less than £40!

We said it once (well, much more than once) and we’ll say it again: travelling doesn’t have to be expensive. We’ve got the goods to prove it.

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9 bucketlist experiences in Western Australia

If you could describe your perfect place, what would it have? Year-round sunshine, sandy-white beaches, a never-ending amount of outdoor adventures, dreamy sunsets, a laid-back lifestyle, good wine…? You’re basically describing Western Australia. If you need more (greedy thing) how about an abundance of bucketlist experiences to get your teeth stuck in to?

Come on travellers, it’s time to play in WA…
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New Year, old me: ways to look after yourself in 2019

“I’m not where I thought I’d be this year…”

“Am I doing what I want to be doing for the rest of my life?”

“Their life looks way better than mine”

“New Year, new me”

Sound familiar? The start of the year always seems to see people dole out the classics…

But have you ever heard the phrase ‘start as you mean to go on’? Put simply – don’t start the year putting yourself down like this. It shouldn’t be about reinventing yourself, it should be about doing more of what you love and being kind to yourself.

Improving your own mental health and wellbeing should be top of the agenda for 2019. One thing that we at STA Travel HQ think helps improve wellbeing? Travel. Duh. But we also know that not everyone has the money to go flying off to a new country every time they feel a bit of stress creeping in (if only), so we’ve come up with some ideas of how to look after yourself this year. Travel or no travel.

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7 reasons travelling by campervan is the best way to travel

Travel is great. But what about travelling in a tin can complete with Pot Noodle cooker (kettle) and a beer fridge? Yep, that’s right. It’s time to give some serious kudos to the campervan…

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9 reasons why you should travel with a group

I’m Rachael – Nutella lover, binger of Netflix crime documentaries, and ardent solo traveller. I did an epic 2.5 years of travelling solo between 2014-2017, and on my way around the world I joined on to some group tours (because who wants to do everything alone?!) So I’ve compiled a list of 9 reasons it was amazing travelling as part of a group – as much as I’m an advocate of going off on your own…

I had people to take photos of me

 

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Top 8 things to do in Transylvania

Transylvania, it’s a real place, and Dracula is a real person – sort of. Stories of the creepy Count were inspired by the real life of Vlad Dracula (aka Vlad the Impaler) – a little pub quiz trivia for you, if you ever need it. So, what can you get up to in this mysterious town of bloodthirsty vampires in the heart of Romania?
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