5 South Pacific adventures to try

If you’re looking for an adventurous holiday that’s not too far from home, the South Pacific islands have plenty to offer. With whale watching, volcanoes, cave exploration, isolated swimming trenches and world-class surf breaks on offer, there’s no need to look further afield for your holiday – Vanuatu’s only 2.5 hours’ flying time from Brisbane! Ready to go? Check out our 5 South Pacific adventures … Continue reading

10 signs you’ve done a working holiday in London

It’s practically a rite of passage. Finish school or uni, save up enough cash, book a one-way ticket to London, and take advantage of the two-year working holiday maker scheme (or Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa) before you turn 30 that allows you to study, live and work in Britain for up to 24 months. If you’re lucky enough to have a grandparent who … Continue reading

Student Flights does Lollapalooza 2014

You may have heard about a little music festival called Lollapalooza? Previously an annual music festival that toured North America from its inception in 1991 to 1997 before being revived in 2003, since 2005, Lollapalooza has made its home at Grant Park in Chicago. This year’s three-day event ran from July 31 to August 2 and some of the Student Flights team were lucky enough … Continue reading

Staff Picks hotel review: Patong Resort Hotel

Accommodation options can be way too overwhelming. Too much choice. On your beach holiday, you pretty much just want a central location in a safe area with a great atmosphere, all the mod cons, close to the shops, shore, dining options and nightlife, with happy hour drinks by the pool – right? Luckily for you, our travel consultants have already checked out heaps of hotel … Continue reading

10 signs you’ve been backpacking in Europe for too long

You can see them coming. Hair pulled back (male and female), non-descript clothing, sturdy shoes or thongs, and a great big backpack attached to their back and a day pack to their front, to leave the hands free to carry a two-litre bottle of water and a passport. Yep, backpackers.     For Aussies who have to travel a huge distance just to get to … Continue reading

Hipster hangouts in Hawaii

Don’t hate on Hawaii because it’s beautiful – there’s gritty amid the pretty where the bearded can happily co-exist with the board-shorted. While there’s no shortage of fancy hotels, stunning beaches, jaw-dropping scenic sights and massive sales to hit up on your holiday, there’s more to Hawaii than package tours and drinks packages. Our insiders have let us know about heaps of lo-fi hotspots frequented … Continue reading

Staff Picks hotel review: Mercure Siam Bangkok

Flights booked? Check. Annual leave form submitted? Check. Holiday wardrobe purchased? Check. Missing something? Somewhere to stay, perhaps? But not just anywhere, you want a cool hotel in the hottest global locations. Somewhere in the middle of all the action with heaps of free extras included in the price of your stay. We know this, so with our Staff Picks hotels, we’ve checked them out … Continue reading

Best stopovers from Australia to Europe

“I really enjoyed sitting in one spot for 24 hours,” said nobody. Ever.  But in order to get all the way to Europe,  it’s kind of a given that Aussie travellers will clock up some serious seat time and unless you’re a serious spin class devotee, that’s a bit numbing on the bum to say the least. So before you settle in for the long … Continue reading

Travel Confessions: Volunteer Lauren Smith in Tanzania

Tanzania. A diverse nation on the East coast of Africa bordering Kenya, Uganda and the Indian Ocean. It’s also the country where uni student Lauren Smith spent two months volunteering for the Plaster House – a recovery home for children who have had corrective orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery or neurosurgery for a disability.  No stranger to volunteering, the Tanzania trip was Lauren’s fourth volunteering expedition. She … Continue reading

Where’s the party at in Queensland

Queensland’s warm weather, long days and relaxed culture lend itself to two things – barely-there clothing and the perfect conditions for a party. Whatever part of the Sunshine State you find yourself in, there’s no shortage of clubs, bars or lounges to enjoy some post-beach drinks and dancing. It’s worth noting, however, that Queensland has a statewide lockout law that stops you from entering any … Continue reading