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Ask the Experts: Best Spots for an Asia Virgin?

Welcome back to the lair of the Experts; a beehive of diverse opinions, spiced with facts, hints and tips for you and your journeys. Each week, we get together with three of our branch staff to deliberate a question from an STA Travel Blog reader.

This week, we were faced with a real eyebrow-raiser, as Sue from Romford revealed her travel ambitions and laid down the gauntlet for our Experts.

As always, if you’d like some help planning your next big trips, email our Experts a question and you could find it featured in an upcoming feature, right here on the STA Travel Blog!

Remember, this feature isn’t all about what we think; we want you to share your own ideas in the comment thread below the post!

So without further ado, please welcome Sue to the spotlight, with this week’s question…
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Inside Tips for Planning a Round the World Trip

Planning a round the world trip can be a mind-bogglingly complicated process, and that’s coming from us, the experts. The reason for this, is mostly down to the individual nature of travel, and that there are just so many glorious choices!

Whenever I’ve planned a round the world trip — or even a regional series — I’ve thought of it like a path of dominoes. Take your time to line them up; one by one; positioned precisely beside each other. You daren’t breathe until everything… is… just… so.

Then a cat leaps through an open window, blasting your masterplan into dozens of sorry pieces.

Planning a RTW trip can be a painstaking process | Photo by RKHawaii

That clumsy cat could play the part of many different elements that can uproot even the best laid plans. A knowing wink. A smoking engine. A telephone call.

With this is mind, I visited our STA Travel store in Clapham, to get the lowdown from the source, by asking the team what they believe to be the key considerations when planning a round the world trip. As always, they didn’t disappoint. Here’s an overview of the key considerations they planted down.

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Your 2011 Travel Highlights!

As 2011 retires to the realm of years gone by, we thought it was the perfect time to grab a few minutes of your time to hear what your unforgettable travel highlights were for 2011.

And you didn’t disappoint! We were spoilt with stories from around the globe, with some inspirational images to boot, which we’re sharing with you today.

If you’d like to comment on the photos you’re about to see, or add your own unforgettable travel highlight to the mix, then throw it down in the comment thread below this post!
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Joe King with… Ricky Gervais & Karl Pilkington

Background: Ricky Gervais and Karl Pilkington are probably busy planning the next series of An Idiot Abroad. In order to avoid the surprises that have befallen Karl in previous series, he wants to be involved in the planning stage. Therefore, Ricky and Karl did not come into STA Travel Bath to see a consultant who is not called Joe King, but if they had

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I was tapping away at my ergonomic, custom-made keyboard, when I heard the door swing open. I looked up to see comedy legend, Ricky Gervais, and beloved buffoon, Karl Pilkington.

I jumped to my feet and greeted them, “Good morning Mr Gervais, Mr Pilkington — what brings you to STA Travel Bath today?”

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Ask the Experts: How to make the most of Japan?

This week our panel of experts walked into a real corker! They’ve been tested by a great question about one of the world’s most enigmatic destinations.

Remember, if you want to pose a question to our experts, drop them an email and you might see your question answered by the panellists in the coming months!

First up, let’s roll out this week’s question from blog reader, Grant Smith…

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