University break escape guide
Recent graduate and seasoned sunseeker Ashden Walker has the lowdown on where to spend your university break – both at home and abroad.
The mid-semester uni break is just around the corner and we’re sure you’re itching for a chance to escape the darkness of your study cave and run free in the sun! Well, itch no more. We’ve lined up 3 sunny getaways - perfect for the 4-week winter uni break. Trust me when I say, you don’t have to go far to satisfy your inner beach bum. These trips will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle another semester. Plus, if you are a full-time student or aged under 26 years, you can also take advantage of our Black Market Flights cheap airfares!
Local luxury: Gold Coast
Whether you’re staying in a luxurious penthouse apartment or in a boozy backpackers’ basement, you are guaranteed a great time on the Gold Coast. Firstly, let’s talk Surfers Paradise. I can sum it up in five words: surf, sun, sand, sightseeing, shopping. Sensational! You can shop away your tax return on Cavill Avenue (thank you Mr Tax Man), revive your sea-soul while surfing the waves of the Pacific Ocean beaches, satisfy your inner adrenalin junkie at the big four theme parks (Dreamworld, Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet ‘n’ Wild), and connect with your inner hippie as you cruise out and watch the humpback whales make their southern migration. And I’m only just touching the surface! The Gold Coast’s motto is ‘Famous for Fun’ and they’re 100 percent right. Flights leave Sydney daily and take only 90 minutes – that’s the time of a tutorial!
Pacific paradise: Fiji
Head abroad now to the little South Pacific gem, Fiji. An island known for its crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches, tropical rainforests, soft coral reefs and native coconut plantations - wow, this is making me slip into a paradise paralysis! But seriously, there’s so much to see and do both on and off land, you’ll never want to leave. Hang out with the Nemos and Dorys of the Pacific while snorkelling off Malolo beach, drink kava with the locals on Vanua Levu, trek through the tropical rainforest of Tavaro, and swim at every lagoon, or even venture out to Koro Volcano, one of the birthplaces of Fiji. The best time to travel to Fiji is between April and early October - lo and behold, June and July fall right in between! It’s roughly 4 hours by plane from Sydney to Fiji, which is essentially just one lecture.
Tropical transfer: Phuket
Phuket. There really isn’t a better way to escape the woeful winter weather and make all your Instagram followers ‘like’ with jealousy (because we all know that’s real reason we need wi-fi in our hotel rooms). Take a selfie while riding an elephant on one of Phuket’s many tropical elephant hill-trekking adventures. Shoot a panorama from the shores of Koh Phi Phi displaying the beautiful blue waters and enormous limestone rock formations #nofilter #paradise #neverwanttoleave. Make a 15-second video montage from the boat tours showing everyone laughing, drinking Chang, swimming and dancing #bestbeer #bestview #bestholiday. Have a look at our deals for Thailand – you can even double your stay in Asia with free nights. Four weeks of this and you’ll be ready to set up your beach bungalow and live the good life forever! Who needs a degree anyway, right?
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