Planning Any Travel? Here’s Some Expert Advice…

It all started back in 1979 with two Aussie backpackers, a long-haul hangover and an idea; to create affordable adventures for awesome humans.
Almost 40 years later, we’re the world’s largest student and youth travel company, inspiring over two million travellers a year to explore the planet.
In that time, we’ve launched apps, festivals, film projects and charity campaigns. We’ve crossed borders to push boundaries, walked unfamiliar paths to find new friends, and got lost to discover the places we love. We’ve done all these things, but our philosophy has never changed. We’re still the place to #StartTheAdventure.
We work with the world’s leading airlines and touring partners to create experiences that are real, authentic and responsible. Whether you’re taking a year out, working abroad or just looking for an adventure, you can discover any corner of the globe you choose. Our Travel Experts are well-travelled, worldly-wise and can repack a 60-litre backpack in a minute.

Here at STA Travel, we’ve got experts in most destinations. We can help you with your backpacking trip around Asia, your East Coast Australian Adventure, North American Road trip and lots more. We love giving our customers our first-hand experience and knowledge to help your trip be the best it can be. Thinking of planning a trip? Here’s our travel recommendations for the perfect adventure in our top 3 destinations.


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Whether it’s spending a gap year in New Zealand, or setting off on a backpacking mission, this place has it all.
From taking to the open road in a campervan, ticking off those crazy activities from your bucketlist (like jumping out of a plane), chilling next to an active volcano, to living in an Insta-heaven, you’re guaranteed to have the time of your life. There’s no country that screams freedom quite like this little slice of land! If you’re looking to make new friends on an adventure-filled tour or are looking to apply for a great value New Zealand working holiday visa, you’ve come to the right place.


When to go
NEW Zealand is well worth the visit any time of year! With highs of 30C in the summer and snow fall in the South Island in the winter.
A ski/ snowboard addict? Head to NZ between June and September and benefit from the country’s fantastic slopes.

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Looking to crash in a hostel dorm? They average around $20-$30 per night.
You’re looking at between $15 – $25 for a standard meal out (£7-12). The typical cost of a bottle of beer, or a stubby as it’s known in NZ, is about $8 (around £4).

Buses are the usual mode of transport used to get around any city in NZ, and the average price of a one-way ticket is $2. Trains are also available in Wellington and Auckland.


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Australia is one big adventure. So big, we recommend you stay for a while.
Spend your gap year in Australia with our unmissable work starter packs, cheap flights and awesome adventure tours and live the Aussie lifestyle – surf before work, spot Aussie wildlife in spectacular natural settings, dive the Great Barrier Reef and meet like-minded backpackers on the way.


When to go
Australia has two climate zones – tropical and temperate. In Spring and Summer, conditions are tropical in the north with high humidity and summer rain.
In Autumn and Winter, northern and central Australia have clear warm days, making this the best time of year to visit.
In the south, temperatures are cooler but there is still plenty of sun.

THE price of a hostel for a night in Australia can vary, but only slightly.
The average price is about $20-$25 a night (approx £12-£15), but they also offer weekly prices at a discounted rate due to backpackers staying for longer durations.

Want to go out for lunch? An average meal will cost you about $10-$15 AUD (about £6-£9) Beer is served in either a pot (285ml), a schooner (425ml – most popular) or a pint.
The average price for a schooner of beer is around $5 (approx £3.80).

It’s very easy to get around Australia, whether it’s local trams or buses (approx $4 a ticket = £2.40), trains or planes across the country (domestic tickets as low as $90 = £54) or even car and campervan hire.



Thailand isn’t just about the world-famous islands in the south, it’s also about experiencing the traditional culture and local customs when you venture beyond the beaches. Head to the jungle-clad hills and rice terraces of Northern Thailand for ancient temples, hilltribe treks and volunteering at elephant sanctuaries. For urban feels, stop off in Bangkok, a city of golden riverfront palaces, spectacular street food and the bustling backpacker vibes of the Khao San Road.

When to go
Thailand’s hot, dry season occurs between November and April, meaning the best time to visit Thailand is during our winter.
April and May are the hottest months, with May to October bringing a rainy season across Thailand and much of Southeast Asia.
Do your research, but don’t be put off by this. It can just mean a few hours of rain a day, plus quieter beaches and cheaper accommodation.


A basic dorm bed in Bangkok can cost you as little as 125THB (about £3).
Expect to pay double on the Southern Islands such as Koh Phangan, especially if you’re staying over Full Moon season.

Thai street food can cost as little as 50THB (just over £1) and can be every bit as delicious, if not better, than in some restaurants.
For a sit-down meal somewhere mid-range expect to pay between 150THB (£3.50) and 300THB (£7).

A 10 hour bus journey from Bangkok to Chiang Mai on a pretty comfy sleeper coach costs around 500-600THB (or anywhere between £10-15).
A 12-15 hour bus journey from Bangkok to Phuket costs 1000THB (just over £20).
Boat trips between islands cost around 500THB (£10).