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10 things you need to know about booking your next flight as early as possible

Everybody wants to pay as little as humanly possible for their trip. Why waste cash on expensive flights when you could spend it on, you know, actually travelling? But how can you make sure you’re getting the best deal? Fear not, we’re about to give you a few handy hints and insider info that could help you save a bundle on your next trip.


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What I Learned from Volunteering in Cambodia

STA Travel’s Tom Ringham, a Travel Expert in our Plymouth store, headed to Cambodia for an incredible week volunteering with local communities. He tells us why it changed his life.

Earlier this year, STA Travel offered me the opportunity to volunteer on their Teaching Children in Cambodia trip. My response? Uhhh…yes please!

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7 Totally Unique Hotels and Hostels that’ll Knock your Socks Off

When you’re travelling, the hotel rooms aren’t usually much to write home about; who wants to hear how lumpy your bottom bunk is or whether they served fried eggs or scrambled for breakfast? But we’ve done the rounds and turned up some pretty incredible accommodation that just might make it into your postcards to mum and dad. Of course we’re not suggesting you waste valuable tourist time cooped up in your room, but these unique hotels and hostels mean the fun doesn’t have to stop when you turn in for the night.

Image courtesy of Auggie Tolosa via Flickr

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Where to find our favourite food in Vietnam

We love Vietnam, and we love its amazing array of food. The aromas that hit you wandering around any town or city there are enough to make you salivate on the spot. With so many scrumptious tastes and flavours, it’s hard to know where to go to get the best of the best.

To help us decide, we asked Jules and Stephen from Vietnamese restaurant chain Pho to tell us about some of their favourite street food in Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi.

Jules and Stephen first visited Vietnam 10 years ago, and fell in love with the food. They loved it so much, in fact, that they decided to come back to London and set about opening their own Vietnamese restaurant. They opened their first Pho restaurant in London in 2005, and the rest, as they say, is history.

So they’re pretty well placed to take you through the finest street food that Hanoi’s Old Quarter has to offer. Here, Jules provides a run down of her and Stephen’s favourite food and where to get it. Get ready to let your taste buds be tantalised.

Find out the best place to tuck into a steaming bowl of Pho Bo

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12 Important Things to Know About Taking the Train in India

STA Travel CRM Executive Carmen Bergne share some top tips for taking the train in India.

We’ve all been there, sitting on the grubby tube or train on a wet autumn day, heading into work and hating the extra few people who’ve squeezed on for making you feel like a sardine in a slightly damp, steamy pod.

Well, you ‘aint seen nothing yet! Rail travel in India is like no other. Home to one of the world’s largest rail networks, the tracks you’ll travel are stories in themselves. Never has the saying ‘it’s not the destination, it’s the journey’ been more relevant than when you’re travelling in India.

If you’re planning on taking the train in India (and you definitely should) there are several things you’ll need to be prepared for, here’s the lowdown on what to expect.

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