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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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10 Unexpected Experiences in Antarctica

Put your mittens up if you’ve been watching BBC’s Frozen Planet? Me too. Everywhere I turn, I hear people exclaiming how much they want to tour Antarctica or p-p-pick up a p-p-pet p-p-penguin.

There’s something about the polar regions that instantly attracts my attention.

Perhaps it’s the impression of being the ultimate blank canvas? Or the beauty of a seemingly minimalist landscape, when compared with other continents’ fragmented urban landscapes.

So I went on the hunt for someone who could quench my thirst for more knowledge of the frozen continent. And I found him in Birmingham.

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Five Alternative New Year’s Events

If you haven’t already achieved 89.5% of your 2011 New Year’s resolution, then today’s the day, because that’s exactly how far through the year we are. “Where’s the year gone?” I hear you say, for the tenth year in a row. “We haven’t even had summer!” You joke. We laugh. You cringe.

So, with little more than a month remaining until your big plans for celebrating New Year’s Eve fall apart at the mercy of a dozen text messages from unreliable friends*, it’s time to start making plans for the big night.

*Just me then?

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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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High Five… New Zealand!

It should come as no surprise that New Zealand is one of the world’s most exciting and diverse destinations. One moment you’re watching a world champion sheep sheerer unrobe a dishevelled sheep, the next, you’re hurling yourself off a bridge with a length of elastic tied to your ankles by a man you just met.

Whether the two are connected or not, I’ll leave you to decide.

While you mull that over, I’ll hit NZ with a High Five! Our weekly round up of five of the most inspirational things you can do in one place.
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