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Straight Outta Melbourne: Day One – Unlocking the secrets of Melbourne

How does the perfect day in Australia’s buzzing city of Melbourne begin?

It starts huddled around a table in Manchester Press. A Melbourne coffee institution hidden down Rankins Lane where a latte, flat white or expresso is made with the same level of care as open heart surgery.

It’s here that STA’s two Insiders and two Outsiders meet for the first time.

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5 Clever Ways to Preserve your Travel Memories

Your trip is over, your laundry is put away (ok maybe not quite yet) and you have your souvenir t-shirt to show for it. But that doesn’t come close to immortalising the trip of a lifetime, and maybe you want to do something truly special with your stamped rail passes and photos. To help you get started, we’ve picked the brains of STA travel’s craftiest Travel Experts to offer up a few ideas to preserve your travel memories.


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The Super Bowl Sunday Guide to San Francisco

This Sunday is one of the USA’s biggest day of the year – Super Bowl 50! For those who have never heard of this before the Super Bowl is the final game of the National Football League (NFL) season (think final day of Premier League where there is no clear winner).

Whether you are heading to the game or not with it’s Sun-kissed beaches, redwood forests, long open roads and iconic cities – California is America’s Golden State. Here are some San Francisco Bay Area experiences not to be missed!

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Why stop in Dubai?

Far too many of us touch down in Dubai and never leave the glistening white walls of the modern terminal building. If you are planning a trip (whoop!), or even have one booked (double whoop!) here’s 7 reasons why you should make your stay in Dubai 48 hours, rather than 4:

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Insider Tips Into The NZ Music Scene

How’s your knowledge of the NZ music scene? Not great? Thought so. Having grown up in New Zealand @AnnaCoddingtonMusic knows where to go to get off the beaten track. Read her New Zealand insider tips and what festivals you should be heading to this year:

What home grown Kiwi Anna Coddington thinks

Anna’s number one place has to be Raglan (her home town so maybe she’s a little biased). It has excellent surf spots, cute cafes, quirky shops and family-friendly black sand beaches. There’s a strong creative community for both music and visual arts. Sunday Sessions down at the Yotty Club are not to be missed!

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