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Roam Cambodia & Vietnam

I was chatting with STA Travel Canterbury’s Hayley Davies recently, about a tour we offer over in Indochina, called Roam Cambodia & Vietnam. In fact, back up, I lied.

To say, “I was chatting with Hayley” is grossly misleading, because in all honesty, she did all the talking. I just stood there and paddled my brain in the surf of her inspiration. Although she hasn’t done the complete trip, she’s certainly done a large chunk of it, and her insights makes for some fascinating reading.

I’ll leave it to Hayley to walk you through her experience on the tour, but don’t forget to encourage her via the comment thread below, with some ideas of your own, for when she revisits the region some time in the near future!
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7 Ways to Save Money on Tours

If you’re thinking of travelling round the world, or looking for your next big adventure, then the chances are you’ve got your head down and you’re saving hard to achieve your dream. “Look after those pennies”, your parents bellow, “and the — all together now — pounds will look after themselves!”

Thanks mum. Thanks dad. And off you totter to work.

So you’re working hard to save them, but how do you make sure you make the most of every last penny, and save money on your next adventure?

Of course, if you don’t ask, you don’t get, so when you’re next in one of our branches, make sure you drop these top money saving tips into the conversation, and see if there are any ways to shave a few quid off the bill, so you can make the most of your savings.

Pink Piggy Bank On Top Of A Pile Of One Dollar Bills

This little piggy went to market. This little piggy went to STA Travel. | Photo by kenteegardin

Eager to find out how to save money on tours with STA Travel? This way Budgeteers…
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High Five…Thailand!

From the absolute madness of Bangkok to the serenity of the island beaches, Thailand will be the catalyst for a majority of your most unforgettable travelling adventures.

Home to 68.1 million of the most friendly people you’ll ever meet (it isn’t called the ‘Land of smiles’ for nothing), sun drenched beaches, thick jungles, scenic beauty and a melting pot of rich culture, Thailand has sooooo much to offer and won’t disappoint.

It’s also a foodie’s paradise; just make sure you branch out from pad thai and green curry. So what would be on my Thailand bucket list….
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Shakedown, Wellington

What’s the capital of New Zealand? Auckland! Wrong. It’s Wellington, the country’s third largest city, and the subject of this week’s Shakedown. If you’ve visited the city, consider adding your experience to the conversation via the comments below.

Wellington is located at the south end of New Zealand’s North Island, appearing to be pooled at the foot of a rumpled hill range, with uninhibited views across the Cook Strait to the Kaikoura Range weighing down the South Island.

Wellington is famous for its wind: with mean speeds of 22 km/h, and almost half of days experiencing gusts greater than 60 km/h, earning the city its moniker of Windy Wellington.

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11 Superb Christmas Stocking Fillers

Slip off your stockings, and walk this way people, because Christmas is coming! Yes, that’s right, that annual smattering of tinsel and turkey is upon us, and we all panic that we’ve missed someone off The List. Then the fat fella tumbles down the chimney, and a few hours later we’re all slumped on the sofa in a wildscape of torn paper.

But before any of that happens; I just need to make a few final checks, just to make sure you’re in control of things.

Christmas is coming!

There's no getting away from it… Christmas is coming! | Photo by AlicePopkorn

Remember that stocking you slipped off? Hand it over, because I’m about to slowly fill it with tempting goodies that will bring a rounded smile to travel fans around the country.
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