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Shakedown, San Francisco

This week’s Shakedown shines a spotlight on the capital of Californian creativity, San Francisco. Expect a healthy blend of historic and hysteric, as we walk the streets of the city that were forged by the Gold Rush in the mid-19th century.

San Francisco is perhaps most famous for its hills, having been built upon no less than forty-three of them, and for having some of the most clearly defined neighbourhoods in urban history. The Italians occupy North Beach; The Haight (Haight and Ashbury) is the hippy hangout; The Castro is the gay district; Japantown and Chinatown hold their own; while the Mission District is where you’ll find the Latino flavour.

San Francisco: The Miniature City, by MINIMUS

Look out for street fairs and festivals throughout the year, which are a great way to get among the communities which dovetail San Francisco, and make it such a vibrant city.

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10 Budget Bites in California

Travelling through California is one of the world’s greatest road trips. Aside from San Francisco and Los Angeles, and the intricate details which make these cities so unique, the state also welcomes almost 35 million visitors annually to its 25 national parks, including Yosemite, Death Valley, and the Mojave Desert.

So how do you fuel a road trip through California? With food, glorious food, of course. Gnom gnom gnom.

And what do you think of when you think of American food? Well, let’s just say it probably isn’t salad. So this week I’ve sniffed out some of California’s most-revered food, and served it up to you, right here on the STA Travel Blog in full-fat, gut-busting glory.

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Win a trip to California!

We’re competition crazy here at STA Travel. Why? Well, we just love what we do so much, that we want to give everyone the opportunity to experience it! And what’s better than say, travelling from Los Angeles to San Francisco via some of California’s best-loved sites and cities? WINNING IT, and going for free, that’s what!

We mix it up with over 106,000 travel fanatics over on Facebook, which is a lot of people when you think about it.

It’s four times as many people than live in the pork pie capital of Great Britain, Melton Mowbray, and guess what? I’m going to carry on this needless comparison with Ploughman’s based food stuffs.

There are 65% more people in our Facebook community than live in Burton upon Trent, the homeland of the beast that is Branston Pickle and to round it off, our Facebook community boasts no less than 35 times more people than live in Stilton, the birthplace of England’s famous blue.

Now, I’m sure Melton, Burton and Stilton are all lovely places, but wouldn’t you rather visit Los Angeles, San Diego and San… Fran… cisco, plus a generous dollop of full fat natural wonders?

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Shakedown, Vancouver

This week in Shakedown, we’re taking a look at Canada’s largest port, Vancouver. The city’s fame was sent beyond the scale when the city hosted the 2010 Winter Games, and the appeal to travellers continues to echo beyond the Coast Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean that pin it to Canada’s fragmented West Coast, just 24 miles north of the Canada-US border.

Sonja Koehler, our Branch Manager at STA Travel Bristol, recently returned and claims, “Vancouver is one of my favourite cities in the world; it provides the perfect blend of modern city life, beside the Pacific Northwest.”

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A Day in the Life of a Summer Camp USA Counsellor

Have you ever considered being a Camp Counsellor at Summer Camp? A 9 to 5 job, this ain’t!

Rise for 7.30am, and finish the working day at 9pm. Sound brutal? How about if I tell you that your entire time is spent on the shores of a beautiful lake, teaching an activity that you’re passionate about to eager American kids, with the best co-workers you’ll possibly ever have?

Introducing Summer Camp USA: the hardest job you’ll ever love!

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