Tales of the legendary BlueTicket
If you follow STA Travel’s adventures, then you might have heard of our crazy decision to send four complete strangers off on the trip of a lifetime. Yep, we used our mighty BlueTicket to send them around the world, stopping off in Asia, Australia and Canada (not bad, ey?).
So, what is a BlueTicket?
A BlueTicket has tons of benefits for students and youths, not least the fact it allows you to change your plane ticket dates as many times as you need to, for no extra cost. You heard us, by investing a minimal £49 you can save yourself the airline cost of changing your ticket. Sabrina was one of our lucky winners last year, and she told us when she changed her ticket whilst backpacking in Florida one year, so she could travel for longer, the airline charged her $350 for changing her ticket… nearly the cost of the flight!
Sabrina obviously hadn’t heard of STA Travel’s BlueTicket, until of course, she won the competition, where she did all her travels on one. We grabbed her for the lowdown on why she thinks BlueTicket’s are great, and she wanted to share some real-life situations that she, and other travellers she met experienced, where BlueTicket literally saved the day.
“We wanted to stay longer”
Our three-month adventure had already begun. We’d trekked through the Cambodian rainforest, visited Angkor Watt temple and zoomed around on quad bikes through the rural roads of Cambodia. Whilst in Vietnam, we received an email giving us the opportunity to stay in Canada (our last destination) for three more days. We had an awesome opportunity to be able to visit the Polar Bear Sanctuary in Winnipeg and climb up the famous Whistler Mountain in Jasper! They didn’t have to ask twice. Although there was only three days difference, it would have cost us so much money to change our flights through the normal process. But we had our handy BlueTicket – not only did it take all the stress away as our travel agent sorted it out for us, we also saved money as it was cheaper to fly home on the later date! Winning!
“My graduate scheme has started early”
Many travellers we met were new graduates who had decided to take a gap year or go backpacking during their summer holidays. However, a common issue amongst them was that their graduate scheme had asked them to start work early. After the application process for these jobs, which usually takes a ridiculous amount of time to apply for, you don’t really want to respond to your new boss and say, “sorry I’ll have to start later as I’m currently chilling in Thailand”. And you’ve guessed it, the BlueTicket was essential here. No stress, no worries, just a quick email and they could change their ticket dates without any additional costs.
“I’ve run out of money”
Yes, that daily budget goes way too fast. It’s not always a bad thing, as different opportunities come up, such as sky diving over the Great Barrier Reef or scuba diving in Fiji with sharks, and who wants to say no to that?! But sadly, money can be an issue. Having a BlueTicket was a survival tool needed for some of the backpackers we met. If you need to go home earlier because you’ve run out of money, paying those extra airport fees is the last thing you want to be faced with.
“My best friend is coming to visit”
This has to be some of the best news ever, especially when you’ve been travelling on your own for a while! We’ve heard many stories from travellers who have extended their stay so that they can spend time with their friends or partners who’d decided to come and visit. Being able to have the flexibility to change your ticket dates is now possible, with guess what? That legendary little BlueTicket.
“I’ve found a job”
Whey! Work! Many backpackers find a location they want to live in for a while and then find work in that location. We’ve met so many travellers who found work whilst travelling, including a chef from Surrey working in Bangkok to gain experience cooking Thai cuisine, yoga instructors looking for a beach lifestyle, and bartenders in Cairns who just wanted to have a good time. Having a BlueTicket allowed them to easily postpone their flight allowing them to stay longer. Furthermore, they could change their flights following on from their first flight, meaning they weren’t digging into their pockets later down the line!
Well there you have it… the BlueTicket should be your new travel bestie. It gives you all the flexibility you need to play around with your travel dates, stay longer if you’re in love with a country, or go home if you’re running out of money. Not a bad shout, right? Well if you’ve enjoyed this blog, check out #STATravelBlueTicket on Instagram to see more from our globetrotting shenanigans, or head to the BlueTicket page to find out how you could win your own round the world adventure. Until then, adios amigos and enjoy your next backpacking trip!