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Ask the Experts: What’s the inside track on Indonesia?

This week our Ask the Experts panellists have got a real challenge on their hands, with the task of unfurling a journey to Indonesia, one of the world’s most diverse and complex countries.

Remember, if you have a burning question, simply email the panellists with your question and you could find it featured in a future edition of Ask the Experts! If things are a little more urgent, you can find these three and plenty more experts in your local STA Travel store.

Craig from Newport in South Wales did just that, with a question about his upcoming travel to Indonesia. Buckle up, here’s Craig’s question:

I’m interested in visiting Indonesia next year, what are the highlights, and how easy is it to travel between them? Craig in Newport

It’s pretty vague; but our Experts are used to going in blind and pulling out the goods. Let’s see how they get on this week…
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Shakedown, Sunshine Coast

This week, we’re giving Australia’s stunning Sunshine Coast a good old-fashioned shaking down.

We’ll be taking you on a journey through all you could possibly need to know to prepare for a visit to this sun seeker’s dream: when to go; how to get there; what to see, and most importantly, where to catch those promised rays! Strap yourself in – we’re going Down Under!
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Where to Find Berlin’s Best Nightlife

Berlin may not be top of everybody’s lists for a good night out, but it should be. The city is Germany’s party town, with an inordinate number of unique clubs and bars catering to any taste.

In my experience, Berlin finds it hard not to impress international partygoers visiting the city, but it’s worth knowing a few places before you arrive.

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The world's shortest guidebook. | Photo by Zemzina

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Ask the Experts: I need a Mexico Medley!

Welcome back to the weekly huddle, that we like to call Ask the Experts. You do the asking. We’ll do the experting. This week, we were tasked with a Mexican odyssey by Lizzie from Nottingham, as she challenged us to unravel a trip to Mexico.

If you’d like to feature in an upcoming edition of this weekly challenge, simply email our Experts a question and you could find yourself in the Hall of Fame, right here on the STA Travel Blog!

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We can't explore Mexico, without fixing up a few tortillas. Here they are, fresh from the oven. | Photo by Joel Bedford

Remember, this feature isn’t all about what we think; we want to hear what you have to say, via the comment thread below.
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Shakedown, Hanoi

This week, we’re taking a look at Vietnam’s bustling capital, Hanoi. Nestled in the north of the country, the City of the Soaring Dragon is where French-colonialism meets modern Vietnam.

It may be smaller than its southern sister, Ho Chi Minh City, but what Hanoi lacks in size, it makes up for in charm and culture. Thirsty for more? Take a deep breath, jump on board, and get ready to dodge the motorbikes – we’re goin’ to Hanoi!

Who wants to be a Millionaire?

£1 will buy you around 32,000 Vietnamese dong, so you really will be a millionaire in Hanoi. As well as dong, take some US dollars too — despite the Vietnamese government’s attempts to phase them out, they’re still widely accepted.
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